Thursday 24 January 2013

Snowshoeing in Hadrian's Wall Country Sat 26th January 2013

Greetings, friends and Snowshoe enthusiasts!
We finally have some snow and are planning to put on a snowshoeing event this coming weekend (This is Cressida from The National Trust). This will be led by Ian Hopper from Pinpoint Adventure. The details are as follows:
Date: Saturday 26thJanuary 2013
Time: 9:40am until 3pm approximately
Meeting point: Housesteads Fort Visitor Centre car park, off the Military Road B6318 (postcode NE47 6NN)
Location for snowshoeing: Housesteads area
Cost: adults and children are all £30 each
Ages: children should be over 12 years
If you would like to book places on this event, please can you call us as soon as possible on 01434 321888.
I will be in and out of the office today (24/01/13) so if I’m not there to reply, PLEASE leave a message saying how many places you’d like to book and I will call you back as soon as possible.

Cressida Thompson
Volunteer Manager
National Trust
Hadrian's Wall Country Group

Attached are the guidance notes for the snowshoeing event which hopefully will give you all the details you need.

  • Depending on snow conditions the snowshoeing will take place at either Housesteads or Hartside. We will advise you prior to the event which venue is to be used.
Meeting place and timings
  • Housesteads – meet at Housesteads car park
  • Please meet at 9.40am. It is anticipated that the day will finish at approximately 3pm
General plan and comments
  • There will be an introductory briefing, all the specialist kit will be given out and we will then cover some basic principles of snowshoeing
  • The day will give course participants an opportunity to undertake a journey on snowshoes. (If you can walk you can snowshoe!)
  • We will also aim to cover a selection of key winter walking skills, such as navigation and emergency snow shelters. In addition, we would hope to have a go at some fun activities, including sledging
  • The aim is for it to be a very enjoyable day out, with a selection of new skills and experiences
Participants kit list
  • Rucksack, containing a packed lunch and fluid/hot drinks for the day
  • A good pair of boots
  • Appropriate winter clothing – including plenty of warm clothing, a spare top, waterproofs, warm hat, gloves and spare gloves
  • Trekking poles – if you have them
  • Sunglasses 
Pinpoint Adventure will provide
  • Snowshoes
  • Trekking poles – if participants don’t have their own
  • Snow shovel/sledges
  • All safety/emergency kit, including First Aid 
  • If there are any questions please give Cressida a call at the National Trust on 01434 321888, or contact Ian from Pinpoint Adventure - contact via the website


the fly in the web said...

No...not tempted! Not even a little!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Oooh! Come on Fly - you can do it!

Sounds very good and I wish I could be there but am elsewhere.

Send some of your sunshine over here Fly. We need it! ;-) Abrazos. C.xx

Nota Bene said...

How was it? Looks absolutely brilliant...

Hadriana's Treasures said... did look like excellent fun. Pity I could not be there. I think it is something the National Trust try to do every year we have some snow so please bear it in mind for next time!

I'm see the National Trust bunch soon so hopefully I'll get an update and let everyone know...

Cheers! H/C

The bike shed said...

I think it looks fantastic. Must be wonderful up there in that weather. My son was up at Newcastle University the other day for an interview - I didn't say much I do hope he goes there.

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Thanks tbs! Wishing your son good luck with his interviews...