Ski Touring, Cain Gorm

10th December 2017

Best day of the season, so far

Well, what a day in the Cairngorms. After a week of cold a stormy conditions things finally cleared up today and lots of folk were out enjoying wall to wall sunshine, snow covered mountains as far as the eye can see and.... snow!

It's typical after big storms for the hills to be scoured in areas, so we headed to some of the sheltered areas on the back of Cairn Gorm to eek out some fresh snow and enjoy the sunshine.

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The course was a great introduction to winter walking in Scotland. We were a group of 6 plus Liam our guide. On the first day we spent a few hours in the youth hostel covering theory, kit and issues such as avalanche risk before heading towards Cairgorm to practice arrests,navigation and techniques for walking in snow with and without crampons. The second day was a mountain journey which took us to the summit of Cairngorm practicing our winter skills en route and in an area of more plentiful snow to the south of the mountain. The course was very well organised and enjoyable. Liam was the ideal guide - friendly, knowledgable and unflappable.

arrrjimlad, Jan 2020
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