Arrive in Aviemore
You'll arrive at your accommodation in Aviemore around 5pm, ready for your first briefing on how to become a winter climbing maestro. There'll be time to grab some food and meet your fellow adventurers and guide before hitting the hay ahead of a huge day of adventure tomorrow.
Hike to Coire ant-Sneachda
Today we're hiking to the beautiful Coire an t-Sneachda, a glacial amphitheatre-like valley in the middle of the Cairngorms. Don't let anyone ever tell you the UK is tame. There is some serious terrain for adventure up in Scotland, you'll soon forget all about the Alps and the Rockies and wonder why we ever go abroad!
We'll tackle a classic mixed climb today, with a chance to practise your crampon and ice axe skills, learning how to make the all-important ice axe arrest, and even assess avalanche risk and route choice. After a full day out, we'll head back to the lodge for a hearty meal and a well-deserved glass of red.
Our second day of climbing takes us to the Northern Corries. A corrie, apart from being the abbreviation for that much-loved ITV soap drama, is a glacially formed steep-sided hollow, perfect for climbing!
We'll switch between rock and ice climbing and finish on one of the best views in the Cairngorms. Fingers crossed for a bluebird day!
We'll be introduced to abseiling today, specifically abseiling down The Seam. It's gnarly, it's steep and it's beautiful, now we're really in the thick of it!
Our final day in the Scottish Alps takes us to Creag Meagaidh for a truly magical, unforgettable climb that will really end the trip on a high. Hidden away in the middle of nowhere and taking on the famous "Wand" climb, you'll be lucky if you see anyone all day outside of the group, and isn't that the beauty of adventure? Getting out where no-one else is?
After one final climb it's time to descend for a a final meal with your new climbing mates before you head home and plan your next trip to bonnie Scotland.