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Sunday, 1 May 2016

May Winter Mountaineering and Skills!

Despite the poor online weather forecasts by late morning it was sunny, dry and calm and a great alpine like day of winter mountaineering skills was had with Tom, Josh and Alice :-)

Thursday, 21 April 2016

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An awesome day skiing from the summit of Cairngorm to Ben MacDui before returning via the snowy corries with some superb skiing on the steep terrain via the Feith Buide (waterfalls!) to the foot of Hell's Lum.
The steep descent down the snow covered slabs, waterfalls and outcrops was well worth it, though climbing back up was hot work, avoiding ice and cornice collapse from the Hell's Lum cliffs above.
A few more ascents and untracked descents before heading back over to the Cas headwall to ski down the piste to the mid-station, then trainers on for a walk to the car! (20th April 2016)
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Another awesome Cairngorm / MacDui Ski day

An awesome ski day on Cairngorm and Ben MacDui with perfect weather, views and snow :-)

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Cairngorm mid-April backcountry freshies!

Great off piste snow cover in the Cairngorms and with lots more snow to come this weekend and then cold settled conditions in the coming week :-)

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Great off piste snow cover

The snow cover on Cairngorm to Ben MacDui and over on the Braeriach plateau is superb for ski mountaineering and forecast to better and better over the next week or more!

Friday, 8 April 2016

On the Winters Edge with Thomas (14yrs) and Peter

Cairngorm winter climbing intro for 14 year old Thomas along with his dad Philip - Thomas loved it... Photo album 'Guiding with Philip and Thomas' on our facebook page here smile emoticon

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Family Guided Winter Climbing and Instruction.

Cairngorm whiteout and basic winter climbing ropework in preparation for our guided winter climb tomorrow. I was out with father and son team Philip and a very mature and competent 14 year old, Thomas :-)

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Getting the weather window with Michael (27th March 2016)

Another great day out with Michael getting the weather window just about right ;-)
The storm force winds subsided and gave us a perfect alpine weather window to climb a variation of Hidden Chimney and Jacob's Edge.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Great skiing on and off the piste

Nice exploratory skiing on spring snow below 1100 metres, getting icy above as the colder weather arrives for the Easter break...

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Nice piste skiing on Cairngorm Mountain

Great skiing on the White Lady, Ciste Gully and Cairngorm Mountain's only two black runs the West Wall and East Gully (No. 2 Gully!). While the skiing and cover is good on both the blacks, they are spoiled due to either lack of easy access due to broken snow fences or easy return options without the boardwalk. This has been made worse by some outdoor groups now using the slopes for winter skills practise and digging belays and bucket seats all over East Gully's/No 2 Gully's piste!

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Himalayan training on an Alpine Cairngorm!

Nice to see Richard back again and to hear about his major Alpine and Himalayan route tally since he first did a few days winter training with us for Mont Blanc. To day we had truly alpine weather and an amazingly atmospheric mountainscape to practise crampon and ropework techniques for the major ranges.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

A classic alpine day guiding on snow and dry rock

The amazing alpine like weather continues and today I was out with Marcus who'd last been regularly climbing in the 1990's.
We had an early alpine start and although misty in Aviemore, as soon as we drove up the ski road we broke through the cloud into the sunshine and glistening white mountains.
A lovely walk in on firm snow with views across Scotland, above the sea of cloud.
I'd kept the route options open as I wasn't sure how well frozen the snow was on any of the harder routes although it was good in the easy gullies and crag approaches.
The rock appeared dry so we decided the best and safest option, as temperature rose, would be to quickly climb Central Gully and then take our crampons off, alpine style, to climb the the dry rock of Pygmy Ridge, avoiding any ice in the grooves and ledges.
It was a good choice and we topped out before mid-day and potential rock and ice fall, for a leisurely stroll back in the sun.
On the drive back from our scottish winter route I put the car's air conditions on, rather than the usual heater, a first for me!