Snow Hole Expedition Adventure

  • March 14, 2014 · 7:00 PM

As daylight is short in December and January, the opportunities for glorious #photography are plentiful in the #Cairngorms

The challenge is unique, the rewards are unrivalled and the memories are unforgettable. Help construct a comfortable communal snow-hole lit by flickering candles! Wake up to the soft light of a Cairngorm dawn. Not a sound, not a soul, a vast pristine winter wonderland all to ourselves. Snowholing in Scotland is for some one of the most remarkable experiences. 

Scot Mountain Holidays :: Tours | Snow-hole Expedition Last chance for the experience of a lifetime with Britain's foremost and probably most experienced snow hole guide in March. This is a challenging trip, overnighting in the Cairngorms National Park in a communal snowhole. Be prepared for 4 - 5 hours digging your palatial accommodation. Price includes pick up from Inverness airport or Aviemore station £396

What will we do?

Arrive before 7.30 pm if possible to join the group for dinner and a brief introduction to logistics of the trip.

Day 1: Essential personal winter skills - use of crampons & ice axe for safety and security on the hill. Evening session: Techniques for construction of the snowhole.

Day 2: Pack up and walk in to the selected site to dig the snowhole and prepare for the night out.

Day 3: Return from the snowhole site after a winter walk to Ben Macdui (weather dependent).

Evening: leave kit to dry out in our drying room and enjoy the “craic” in the pub for the evening with the digital photos etc.

Depart after breakfast the following morning

Too busy concentrating to look up for the camera. Teetering along the ridge - a good head for heights needed here. #hiking #snow #winter activities #Scotland #mountaineering

Accommodation Except for the expedition night, accommodation will be at Fraoch Lodge, Boat of Garten in twin rooms. Single occupancy of rooms can be arranged by special request. 

Rooms all have hand basins within but share toilet and shower facilities. The property is not licensed but our guests are invited to bring their own drinks to the table if they wish. 

Fraoch Lodge is run as a hostel and B&B. All your food throughout your stay is provided. Even the snow hole food is home-prepared and dehydrated by us. We bake all our own bread, cakes and biscuits and prepare the meals to a set menu we plan around our guests dietary requirements.  

There are 5 twin rooms, 1 single, 1 triple.

Price £396 per person  

The payment has to be done in two stages: £238 need to be paid on sign up, to reserve your place and £158 can be paid later, however no later than 28 days before the trip. 

For the bank details and instructions on how to make the payment please follow this link: http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/Bank_account/

Your place will only be confirmed once you pay your deposit. 

Please note that if he payment is not in my account 28 days before the trip your RSVP will be removed and your deposit will not be refunded. 

Celebrate #Hogmanay in the #Highlands - the build up to the #winter season has started already. Better get yourselves in shape. Try some new #skills this season

What’s included

There are no hidden extras. 3 days instruction and guiding, accommodation, delicious home made food and transport are included along with:

1. Return transfers from Inverness 

2. An evening meal on arrival – a chance to meet the rest of the group before the trip begins.

3. Learn how to construct a safe snowhole specific to Scottish conditions

4. Home prepared expedition food - you’ll never have eaten so well out on expedition!

5. Cake O’clock - homemade cakes/biscuits and tea on our return from the mountains .

6. Dinner, bed and breakfast at the end of the course before you depart the following morning

7. Specialist snowholing equipment i

What’s excluded 

Transport to Scotland and any personal expenses such as alcohol 

Hire of personal winter equipment – winter boots, crampons and ice axe

Report 4: Northern #Cairngorms Winter Conditions blog for skiers, #winter #walkers, #iceclimbing and other #snowsports in the #Aviemore Area. These are free reports produced by Andy Bateman of Scot Mountain Holidays and based on his 15 years experience here in the Cairngorms.

IMPORTANT: By signing up to this trip you have agreed to the following disclaimer: 

'While safety is our top priority and although we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity/trip involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.' 

INSURANCE:

You also confirm that you will be responsible for your own insurance and make sure that it is at an appropriate level for this trip and activities you will be participating in (if in doubt, check with your insurance provider). 

Getting there:

There are two Easy Jet Flights, (from Gatwick and from Luton), both are quite convenient and cheap:

London Gatwick to Inverness 

Dep Fri, 14 March[masked]:05

Arr Fri, 14 March 2014 10:45

Flight 8611 Adult1 x £43.49

Inverness to London Gatwick

Dep Mon, 17 March[masked]:15

Arr Mon, 17 March[masked]:50 

Flight 8621 Adult1 x £24.49

Subtotal flights and options for all passengers:£67.98

Or alternatively from Luton: 

London Luton to Inverness Dep Fri, 14 March 2014 10:40

Arr Fri, 14 March 2014 12:10 Flight 1531 Adult1 x £49.49

Inverness to London Luton Dep Mon, 17 March[masked]:40

Arr Mon, 17 March[masked]:00 Flight 1541 Adult1 x £28.49 

Subtotal flights and options for all passengers:£77.98

You will be picked up from Inverness at 5pm (meeting point TBC closer to the date). You will also be dropped off at the airport on Monday at 9:15am. 

You will have free time in Inverness on Friday to do a bit of sightseeing. 

The flights are not included. 

Other important information: 

This trip will only go ahead if the minimum number of 3 participants is reached. Pleas don't book your flights until it's confirmed that 3 people have paid. 

Round trip to airport is 1 1/2 hours

Extra gear options: There are 2 good outdoor shops in Inverness - Craigdon Mtn sports and Tisos. Aviemore has about 6 outdoor shops. Everyone needs their own sleeping bag and sleeping mat. Unfortunately sleeping bags are not available to rent.

Please note this event is organised by Curious Kat's Adventure Club and to secure your place you have to join it via this link: http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/events/162813232/. Please note that only once you RSVP and pay the paypal fee on the main site your place will be confirmed. 

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