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Thursday, 11 February 2016

After a dump great skiing!

An unexpected significant dump of snow meant changing the winter climbing plans to skiing and we're certainly not complaining about the skiing!

Monday, 8 February 2016

Winter courses availability

Two places are available on our popular advanced Winter Mountaineering/Intro Climbing course starting on 13-17 February 2016. Places are also available on the 20-24 February and 27-2 March 2016 winter skills and winter mountaineering courses .

The five day advanced winter mountaineering course in the Cairngorms is suitable for adventurous summer hillwalkers as it covers the basic winter skills as well as winter scrambling and introductory roped winter climbing.
The cost is only £450 per person and includes all technical equipment hire, if required.
Other dates in February and March and even April 2016 are available on request.
Full details can be found on the website at http://www.cairngorm-guides.co.uk/winter-courses.html

Winter Skills, Winter Mountaineering and Winter Climbing course availability

Two places are available on our popular advanced Winter Mountaineering/Intro Climbing course starting on 13-17 February...
Posted by Cairngorm Guides & Talisman Mountaineering on Monday, 8 February 2016

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Wild and windy!

Breezy and soft underfoot on the approach to the wee crags but once there, it was pleasant scenic and calm! This gave us the chance to look at wires, hexes and peg placements along with equalised belay anchors for Michael's next winter climbing trip in March and our Cuillin Ridge traverse in May 2016.wink emoticon

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Best winter climbing conditions of year!

Most winter routes in the Cairngorms, including the ice falls are now in good winter nick despite being thinner than normal.
The winds dropped today so Fi and I went for a wander and gander. 
There were climbers everywhere so we did a bit of Crotched Gully, Spiral Gully and a rocky rib variation to the right of the main gully on superb snow, ice and lightly rimed rock, avoiding most other teams!
Lots of photos from the day can be found here on our Cairngorm Guides and Talisman Facebook album.
I've also upload a few photos showing the main buttress and gully lines onto our Winter conditions 2016 album here.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Winter climbing conditions looking good!

Winter climbing conditions now looking good for February, that is, once the storms subside!
Winter 2016 condition photos are regularly uploaded onto our Facebook album here, please like the Talisman Cairngorm Guides page and Winter Condition 2016 album if you want regular updates.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Another great winter weekend with Nottingham Mountaineering Club

As has become the norm over recent years the Nottingham University Mountaineering Club weekend was one of extreme contrasts and a real adventure!
We had heavy snow and 100 mph winds on Saturday along with difficult driving conditions and then relative calm, snowball fights, great climbing conditions along with good visibility on Sunday.
I think everyone, instructors and students, on the winter skills, winter mountaineering and winter climbing courses, learned a lot and had fun :-)
Lots more photos on our Facebook photo album here.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Winter returns with a vengeance!

Winter has returned to the Cairngorms with fresh snow down to below carpark level this evening and heavy drifting on the hill. 

Fi joined Lawrence and myself for a bus man's holiday break in our snow hole. 

In contrast to the last few days the day started calm with light snow flurries though in returning from our mini adventure the winds had picked up creating lots of knee deep drifts to wallow in and blasting spindrift!

To get an idea of the wintry conditions, see the Facebook snow hole video here.