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Monday, 16 March 2009

Guided winter climbing and taster weekends - March / April 2009








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Snow buildup and conditions in the easy snow gully lines are still very good in the Cairngorm's at the moment. The long term weather forecast is good too, especially for winter gully climbing.
Over the next few weeks and through the School Easter break into April 2009 we're running guided ice climbing and intro winter climbing tasters. We're still running our Aviemore basedWnter Skills courses too!
For the taster weekends no previous winter skills or climbing experience is required.
You do need to be a relatively fit hill-walker capable of walking uphill into the mountains - unlike Norway or France there's no roadside ice climbing crag!
You will be carrying a 10-15 Kg pack uphill with ropes, harnesses, ice axes and crampons for several hours and then back down again after the climbing.
The weather in the mountains can vary from calm blue skies and sunshine to raging blizzards and storms...!
You will be taught basic Winter Skills on the first day and then guided up an introductory ice climb on the second day.
All specialised climbing equipment is supplied apart from 4 season boots which can be hired in Aviemore.
The tasters are not full winter climbing or full winter skills courses - they are simply tasters!
You will be taught the minimum necessary to be safely guided on the route under the close supervision of your MIC qualified guide and full member of AMI.
The cost for the weekend is £210.
We are also running guided winter climbing over the Easter holidays and in April 2009.
The cost is £120 per person per day assuming at least two participants.
If only one participant books the days guiding cost is further increased £170.
For two people booking together the cost falls to £95 each (i.e. £190 for the days 1:2 guiding).
The costs for private guiding and instruction are £170 to £190 (1:1 and 1:2 guide to participant ratio)

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