The season that keeps on giving...... #winterskills #skitouring #winterclimbing #mountaineering

12th March 2018

It really does feel like the season that just keeps giving. At this point last year (which was an especially poor season) we had very little snow left and had cancelled almost all our courses.

We're fully booked this month, like last month, and there are just so many great mountain options that whatever the course and whatever the weather, there's always a good location to use.

Last week was one of the most challenging of the season with a few really stormy days. Our bit of northern Cairngorms are north west within the range and when we get south easterly winds (like we've had a lot of recently) the mountains compress and funnel the wind with significant affect by the time it gets to us. Even to low levels it has been super windy and far windier than forecasted.

As always, we're very grateful to our clients who've booked their winter skills, ski touring and winter climbing courses with us. The photos give a flavour of how it's been.

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Excellent couple days of private guiding (saved our trip) Chris and I spent to days with Rory from Cairngorm Adventure Guides. Rory was fantastic. He manage to maximize the amount we learned, tailored his instruction to our levels of expertise, and adapted the whole trip on the fly to the weather conditions. Without the help the trip would have been a total write-off. We'd come up to Aviemore the previous year and been blown off the mountain by 80 MPH winds. This year, we had 100 mph winds (AGAIN!) with the added obstacle warm weather melting almost all the climbable gullies. Fortunately... we had a guide! Rory completely saved the trip. One the first day - with winds making the mountains unclimbable - we went to sheltered crag nearby and got in a full day of climbing and instruction. The second day we only had the warm weather to contend with, but Rory plan a great day - up the one gully that was still climbable, down into another valley and then a multi-pitch climb back up to Cairngorm Mt. So in essence - (1) Rory was great, and (2) you can't rely on Scottish weather, so hiring a local guide company like Cairngorm Adventure Guides is a very good idea. Without the local expertise our trip would have been a total waste; instead we had a great weekend a learned a huge amount about efficiently and safe climbing.

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