Scotland - wild mountains
We based ourselves in Aviemore and travelled amongst the Cairngorms for our last Scottish winter weekend package. With challenging weather throughout it gave a taste of how Scottish mountains can offer their own unique brand of winter mountaineering. With the ski access road closed on Saturday we were offered a scenic walk up to the lower slopes to enable us to refresh essential winter travel skills before heading up a deserted mountainside to the Ptarmigan cafe. Due to the deteriorating weather the summit eluded us but it was a sensible choice and we made our way back down. An evening meal at La Taverna set us up for the second day and we headed into Coire an t Sneachda. Others had made the same decision due to the weather on the upper slopes in the morning so it was good to meet like minded folk who enjoy 60mph winds and near whiteout conditions! It gave us a good opportunity to look at the snow conditions on the slopes leading up to the main gullies and also to view some recent avalanche debris. We were lucky enough to spot a lot of wildlife over the two days including Mountain Hares, Ptarmigan and Snow Buntings. Great weekend and a great way to finish our winter season!