The Cairngorms is home to some of the highest and most dramatic mountain landscapes in Britain. An impressive region in summer but simply spectacular in winter. This 5 day workshop will not only include an adventure into a winter wilderness but also provide you with the chance to brush up on your winter skills. We will be joined by our winter mountain leader who will show us the ropes (quite literary!) and give you the confidence to head into the hills in winter.
We will be camping during this trip and tents will be supplied. I also have some extra camping equipment but you're more than welcome to bring your own. We will be spending two nights in the tents and the other two we will be staying in a B&B in Aviemore.
How To Book
1 SPOT LEFT A deposit of £200 is required to secure your place, the remaining £445 will be required 4 weeks before the start of the workshop.
Whether you need artistic or technical support, I will be on hand every step of the way to help you achieve the images you want to capture. We'll have plenty of time in the field to maximize 1-2-1 tuition with opportunities to photograph a wide variety of mountain scenery. I will provide you with a map and compass and be on hand to show you the basics of orienteering, map reading and route planning. These skills are essential when heading into the hills and will provide you with a base to plan your own photographic trips.
As well as an amazing photographic adventure this will also be a winter skills course. Our guide Rich is a highly qualified winter mountain guide and will be in his element as we find our way across one of Scotland's most impressive mountain ranges. The skills that we will cover include the use of the Ice Axe for personal and group safety / Crampon Technique / Coping with a variety of Terrain / Navigation and Associated Hazards / Avalanche awareness / Weather Interpretation / Emergency Shelters, plus more...
Day 1 - Aviemore - Meet and Greet
We will meet at 12pm in Aviemore. Gather equipment and food for the trip and head somewhere low for sunset. We'll then head to our accommodation for the night.
Day 2 - Cairn Gorm - Corrour
We'll begin our hike just after sunrise. We'll use the ski facilities to gain as much height as possible before making our way to one of Britain's highest summits. We'll then pass some dramatic ridges and make our way down to the famous Larig Ghru and onto Corrour.
Day 3 - Around Corrour
We'll base ourselves around the bothy which will give us chance to focus on learning some winter skills and the scenery around us. If the conditions are good then we'll head up to a good vantage point for sunset.
Day 4 - Larig Ghru - Loch Avon
After capturing sunrise we'll begin our trek back through the wilderness. We'll hike to one of the region finest views before making our way back to the lifts and down to Aviemore. Where we'll stay at our accommodation again and treat ourselves to a hearty meal!
Day 5 - Sunrise and review
We'll capture another sunrise nearby before giving ourselves a chance to look over the trips images and the conclusion of the workshop.
Fitness and Equipment
Previous experience walking in mountainous areas is advantageous but not necessary. You must be mountain walking fit and able to carry a backpack of 15-20kg for multiple days. The entire trip will see us climb at least 2000m in ascent and cover over 15 miles through snow. If you have any queries about your fitness or experience then please don't hesitate to contact me.
As you may well know Scotland is renowned for uncertain weather conditions especially during winter. With this in mind, warm and waterproof clothing and a decent pair of walking boots that can take crampons are essential. I will provide tents and other camping gear available for the trip but if you have your own equipment then your welcome to bring it along. I will provide a full kit list upon booking. You will need to provide all your own food suitable for the trip. We will have the opportunity to pick this all up when we meet at the start of the trip.
We'll be meeting in Avimore at 12pm. Avimore is easily accessible by road or public transport. If you have any questions about travel arrangements please let me know.