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Sunday, 4 November 2018

What a difference a day makes!

Cairngorm winter conditions 4th Nov 2018

Cairngorm winter conditions 4th Nov 2018

Cairngorm winter conditions 2nd Nov 2018

Cairngorm winter conditions 2nd Nov 2018

Cairngorm winter conditions 2nd Nov 2018

Cairngorm winter conditions 2nd Nov 2018


Great winter conditions all last week until Friday before a major thaw set in on Saturday, this is what's left on Sunday afternoon, this is normal!

In most years this is the normal pattern as the days shorten and the ground cools with winter coming and going in October through November before becoming firmly establish around Christmas and the New Year and the start of our open winter skills and winter mountaineering courses.

During early December if winter conditions are suitable, we run our winter skills course on demand and for private groups.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

A stunning start to the winter season

The start of winter in the Cairngorms

The start of winter in the Cairngorms looking towards Fiacaill Ridge


The Cairngorm plateau and the start of winter

The start of winter and the path from the ski area to the summit of Cairngorm

winter rime ice on Cairngorm

A wintry Cairngorm plateau November 2018

Coire an t-Sneachda in October 2018

A well rimed summit weather station on Cairngorm

Cairngorm's Fiacaill Ridge in October 2018

A stunning start to the winter season and a chance to check out the snow cover on our local hills for winter skills, climbing and skiing - cover is surprisingly good :-)

We have also recently updated our website with our Scottish winter skills and winter mountaineering course dates for 2019 and these can be booked direct from the website.

We're running a few winter skills weekends in early December as well as Christmas and New Year winter skills and winter mountaineering courses.

If the dates or standard winter courses don't suit or for winter climbing we can easily organise private guiding and instruction at a date to suit.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Christmas and New Year 2019 Winter Skills course dates

Xmas and Hogmanay winter skills courses in Cairngorm near Aviemore

Cairngorm winter skills courses

Cairngorm winter skills and winter mountaineering courses

Cairngorm winter skills and winter mountaineering courses

Cairngorm winter skills and winter mountaineering courses

Cairngorm winter skills and winter mountaineering courses

Now the snow has arrived in the Scottish mountains a quick heads up to say that the winter skills course date calendar for 2018-2019 can be viewed and booked online via our website at https://www.talisman-activities.co.uk/dates

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Alpine training summer Scottish winter climbing!


Nice to see Henri and Valerie again and two very contrasting days of pre-alpine training for their trip to Mont Blanc in two weeks time!


Alpine training on Cairngorms Fiacail Ridge


Alpine training on Cairngorms Fiacail Ridge

Day one sun and dry rock on Fiacaill Ridge Direct and Day two sleet, snow and blizzards climbing Jacob's Ladder as can be seen in the video above!


Guided winter climbing in Jacob's Ladder in the Cairngorms in June

Guided summer winter climbing in Jacob's Ladder in the Cairngorms

Heading towards the summit of Cairngorm in June

Summit of Cairngorm in June

Guided summer winter climbing in Jacob's Ladder in the Cairngorms

Henri and Valerie's loved it especially the second day climbing Jacob's Ladder in the blizzard :-)
More details and photos on our Facebook album here

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Guided winter walking and winter skills on Ben MacDui

Cairngorms

Braeriach Coires

Private Guided winter walking and winter skills

Guided winter walking and the summit of Ben MacDui

Cairngorm Plateau

Henri and Valerie on the summit of Ben MacDui the 2nd highest peak in the UK

Angel Peak

Cairn Toul Angel Peak and the Braeriach Corries

Henri and Valerie on the summit of Ben MacDui the 2nd highest peak in the UK

Heading towards Ben MacDui the 2nd highest peak in the UK

Cairn Toul and Braeriach Corries from Ben MacDui

Heading towards Ben MacDui the 2nd highest peak in the UK

A lovely few days private guided walking and Scottish winter skills with Henri and Valerie in preparation for a planned ascent of Mont Blanc. Fantastic winter walking conditions on Cairngorm and the Ben MacDui plateau and a few Munro summits in the bag :-)

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Guiding on Central Couloir Direct

The alpine east face of Cnap Coire na Spreidhe in the Cairngorms

Guided winter climbing in the Cairngorms

Winter climbing on Cnap Coire na Spreidhe

A truly alpine day with almost 400 metres of climbing and after leaving the col to descend to the crag base, no footprints or people heard or seen all day!!!!

Central Couloir Direct Topo

The red dots are belays spaced 45/50 metres apart on the lower rock band and this gave five fine long pitches up to the central snowfield before finishing up the Itsy Bitsy upper rock bands and a further four 50 metre pitches to the top of the crag!


Absolutely superb weather and stonker snow ice conditions on Cairngorm's Alpine Face and a new direct variation of Central Couloir for Sean's day of guided winter climbing.

Winter climbing on Cnap Coire na Spreidhe


Winter climbing with Sean on Cnap Coire na Spreidhe

Winter climbing on Central Couloir Direct on Cnap Coire na Spreidhe

Guided winter climbing on Cairngorm's east face with Sean


Guided winter climbing on Cairngorm's Central Couloir Direct

Winter climbing on Cnap Coire na Spreidhe

Winter climbing on Cnap Coire na Spreidhe

Winter climbing on Cnap Coire na Spreidhe

Winter climbing on Cnap Coire na Spreidhe

Winter climbing on Cnap Coire na Spreidhe

Winter climbing on Central Couloir Direct on Cnap Coire na Spreidhe




A short video of the day on Central Couloir Direct is on Face book here >>> and full photo album here >>>