The Cairngorms in Winter
12-13th March 2022
Guided Days Around The Cairngorms in Winter
Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th March 2022
ABOUT THE WEEKEND
The Cairngorms are the highest, windiest and coldest plateau in Britain. They are a huge granite mass with deep cut gorges and glens. They are huge in terms of mass, but also in terms of height. With some of the highest mountains in Britain they are a law unto themselves.
Taking the whole National Park into account, three of Scotland's ski centres are here. Cairn Gorm, which gives its name to the park, is extremely accessible with the ski centre car park nearly half way up its huge flanks. Behind is a wilderness. Their accessibility makes them not only a skiers hotspot, but also for winter skills courses - from beginners to advanced winter climbing and the training and assessing of Winter Mountain Leaders.
However, they can just be an amazing place to walk around with no pressure of a syllabus, training or assessment. A tour of the Northern Corries, a trip across to Ben MacDui (the second highest Mountain in Britain) or just to get to the summit of Cairn Gorm itself to see the weather station with a huge and unlikely rime-ice sculpture growing out of it is a day to remember.
Beyond Cairn Gorm, there are the Drumochters to the south, the Corbett Meall a' Buachaille giving incredible views across the northern corries and the Glen Feshie hills all within easy reach.
The aim is to take things as we find it and make the best of a weekend exploring the mighty Cairngorms. There is no guarantee that we will reach summits as winter in Scotland on the mountains can be brutal with hurricane strength winds and white out blizzards. However, we will have some epic days in the wild regardless. However, with a natural bagging instinct, your guides will certainly try if safe. It's also an opportunity to get out and get used to walking in winter conditions in the mountains. Sometimes there is so much snow they cannot clear the road up to Cairn Gorm fast enough so we will be forced elsewhere.
There are loads of Munros on offer. However, given the time of year it's always wise to lower expectation as what may be an easy 3-4 Munro day in summer becomes an epic just to get one before dark hits. But in many respects, this makes it a magical time of year.
08:00 at Tiso cafe in Aviemore (to see the location in Google Maps, click here. This will open in a separate tab).
If you need to hire mountaineering equipment (Ice Axe, Crampons, Goggles) you can do so in advance from Tiso in Aviemore. You must come prepared with these items. We will meet in the cafe before heading out.
Difficulty: This will depend on what the weather permits us to do and what we want to achieve. A tour of Cairn Gorm and Ben Macdui is a big day. A tour of the northern corries and Cairn Gorm likewise. Meall a' Buachaille is a great outing with great views and the Drumochters give a feeling of absolute remoteness given they start from the A9. However, we will be aiming to reach summits and bag Munros in winter and put skills to practice.
Cost: The trip costs £190 per person (with discounts for bulk booking).
Numbers: I can take a maximum of 6 and a minimum of 2.
Guided Trips - Frequently asked questions
Is this suitable for me?
The walks will be suitable for anyone with very good hill walking experience and stamina/fitness. They are big days out above anything else in winter!
What do I need to bring?
You will need basic walking clothes (not cotton or jeans!), some extra layers, waterproofs, hat and gloves. Plus some water or a thermos of tea/coffee/hot ribena!
I'm coming from further afield, where can I stay nearby?
This is up to you depending on your budget. There are hotels, hostels, B&Bs and Air B&Bs in Aviemore and neighbouring villages.
What's not included?
How much is the trip and how do I book?
The trip costs £190 per person with discounts for bulk purchases. To book please see below. Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions.
What are the Terms & Conditions?
I've got some more general questions...
How do I get there?
Aviemore is on the A9 major trunk road. There is also a mainline railway station with links from Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh. Citylink buses also stop at Aviemore. Inverness has an airport with car hire or bus to Inverness and then train to Aviemore
If you want to chat to me about the event then please feel free to do so - email is a good start as I'm often out and about with limited phone reception.
If you don't like the idea of the online booking or would prefer to pay a 10% deposit for now, that's fine as I can simply raise an invoice. Please note that this has an additional £5 non-refundable administration fee.
Or simply click 'Book Now' and follow the instructions. You'll get an automated confirmation reply but I'll follow that up when I get back to civilisation to say thanks and with more detail about the event.
Please ensure you've read the Terms and Conditions and you are aware of what you need to bring by downloading the gear list.
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