Climbing Clan Cairngorm Winter Hogmanay
Winter Hiking and Mountaineering
We’ll meet together at the bunkhouse on the evening of the 29th with enough time to try and make plans for the next day.
On the 30th, we’ll put on our Crampons and walk into the mountains from the Cairngorm Carpark. Some of the experienced members will share some skills in a Winter Skills training day to set you up for activities for the rest of the week.
We’ll return to the bunkhouse for a group meal together and to share some drinks together – as we’ll do every night on the trip.
We’ll bring in the New Year Together, in our cosy Highland Bunkhouse, with much celebration and merriness.
On the 31st and 1st we’ll try and get some winter walking and mountaineering objectives ticked off. The Summit of Cairngorm, Ben MacDui, the Charlamain gap – the options are limited only by our abilities and the weather.
On the 2nd, we’ll do a shorter day and pile into the cars to return home.
Food and Dietary Requirements
Breakfasts, Packed Lunches and 3 evening meals are included in the cost of the trip.
We already have our volunteer chef but will be looking for helpers with prep, washing up etc
Tea, coffee and milk will also be provided (the coffee might only be instant though…maybe pack your cafetière!).
It may be worth bringing some snacks and cake.
All dietary requirements and allergies will be catered for – Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Kosher, Meativore, allergic to pepper, etc – please express it on the sign up form
What am I paying for when I sign up?
For Climbing Clan members, the trip costs £235, with any excess going to support future trips.
Signing up pays for
- Accommodation for four nights
- Breakfast for four days
- Packed lunch for four days
- Three evening meals
- Crampon and Ice Axe hire for four days
- Plus we’ll stock the kitchen with tea bags, coffee, milk (dairy and non-dairy), loo roll and washing up stuff.
Winter Skills Lecture
On the first day of the trip we will be doing winter skills training.
To prepare for this in advance and allow us to make the most of the time we are there, before Christmas we will all be getting together for a Winter Skills Lecture where we’ll focus on the skills and equipment we’ll need to have fun in the mountains.
About the Bunkhouse
The bunkhouse has a well-equipped kitchen, bunk beds, patchy WiFi, toilets and hot showers – and is located in Granton-on-Spey right by the Cairngorms Mountains themselves.
What do I need to bring?
A full kitlist is here.
You definitely need to bring a sleeping bag and your own towel as well as stiff soled hiking boots.
Pillows are provided – but maybe bring a pillow case just in case. Kitchen basics and loo roll will be provided as described above.
What activities will we do?
This is primarily a Winter Hiking weekend, but climbers being climbers there may also be some climbing or other outdoor activities going on.
Anything climbing or sking/snowboarding will be arranged ad-hoc though – likely amongst the most experienced or enthusiastic – the main plan is to have fun times together as a group and celebrate the new year.
I have unusual dietary requirements. Will I be catered for?
Yes, you will be fully catered for – simply let us know about your requirements in the sign-up form.
I don’t drive, can I come?
Yes. We will arrange lifts for people who can’t drive. Different people bring different skills – it usually works out in the end.
What climbing skills do I need to know?
No climbing skills are required, though the ability to walk up hills is beneficial.
What are we most likely to do?
Winter Hiking and walking.
On the first day, we’ll do winter skills training.
On the second and third day, we’ll make plans and try to put those skills into practice
Can I come for the day? Can I arrange my own accommodation?
This usually doesn’t work.
All plans are made the night before, usually changing 3-4 times during the night and changing at least once in the morning. This makes it extremely difficult to tell anyone where to be and when. It might be possible to come for the day, if you were prepared to arrive at the hut at ~6am and were prepared for mountains of faff and uncertainty.
You also won’t be able to stay for any social bits in the evenings, where the group really gets to know each other.
What if there’s bad weather?
Mountaineering isn’t usually a good sport if the weather is wet. However, there will be some plan B’s in case of unexpected issues (such as really heavy rain). These could be:
- Go to the reindeer centre
- Go for a forest walk
- Go to a bothy and make a roaring fire
- Go to a museum or tourist attraction
- Go to the pub
I don’t have a rope or any trad gear – will I be ok?
Yes. This isn’t primarily a climbing weekend and you don’t need to bring climbing gear if you don’t want to.
If you want to bring your climbing gear optimistically, you need all your own personal gear:
- Climbing Helmet
- Belay device and karabiner
- Ice Screws
- Technical Axes
- Climbing Crampons
I don’t have any outdoor climbing experience yet, but really want to climb on the weekend. Will you be running training beforehand?
This will 100% not be the opportunity for you to get your first climbing outside.
Can I bring a dog?
We love dogs, but sadly dogs are not allowed on this trip.
What's your cancellation policy?
Is this a for-profit, professionally guided event?
The Climbing Clan is fully run by volunteers. No-one is compensated for sharing their climbing and rope skills amongst the group. Nobody is using or assumed to be trained to professional qualifications unless they tell you otherwise in writing.
Everyone that comes to Climbing Clan events recognises that:
“that climbing, scrambling and hill walking are activities with a danger of personal injury or death, and by taking part acknowledge they are aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.“
What is The Climbing Clan?
An informal club of supportive, friendly people who like to encourage each other to climb and eat cake. Sometimes at the same time.
We support an open, inclusive and accepting atmosphere for all members, whatever their ability or ambition.
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