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Are we nearly there yet?

“How much further have we got Joe” Matt asked whilst struggling for breath after the battle up Tryfan. “At least another 14km and then another 1000m of ascent up the next 7 mountains” Joe replied,  struggling to make light of their current situation. On the morning of our final challenge of the year it is fair to say we were all nervous, this was to be the toughest challenge of …Read More

HSX Antarctica at The OMM

Over the weekend Ollie and Chris took part in The Original Mountain Marathon (The OMM) a 2-day mountain event, combining endurance, navigation and mountain survival skills: This year’s event was held in the Tweedmuir Hills in the Scottish Borders, and began with a torrential downpour, ensuring we were soaked from the start. To ensure that no team has an unfair advantage over fellow competitors, route maps are handed out on …Read More

Scotland Day 1… That certainly blew away the cobwebs!!!

As is tradition in February half-term, HSX head up to the Cairngorms, for a week of winter mountaineering! Having left Hampshire on Friday night, most of the group arrived at 7am Saturday morning after an epic drive up from the South Coast. Arriving at a more sensible 2am Chris, Dobbie and Joe got out onto the hill to assess the conditions on the nearby Corries, and got to the top …Read More

Christmas Weekend 2014

As is tradition for HSX, December saw the group once again converge on Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre for our annual Christmas celebrations. Saturday morning saw participants divide into 6 teams for the adventure race, a 3 hour orienteering race across the New Forest with teams trying to gain as many points as possible. This year the race was “expertly” organised by Andy Humphreys, Josh Hicks and Alan Braithwaite, who …Read More

HSX Scotland 2014

Click here for HSX Antarctica’s training in Scotland. Sunday Waking up to lovely weather (which doesn’t often happen in Scotland) we hurriedly packed our bags ready to hit the slopes. With two vans packed full with excited people, we departed from Badaguish and arrived at the lower car park of the ski centre. The aim for the day was to head into the Coires and practice winter skills, so we …Read More

HSX take a battering in Brecon!

This January saw HSX hit the road again, kick starting the year in style, with a weekend of hillwalking in the Brecon Beacons. After the rain that has been lashing down hard on the hills over the last few weeks, there surely couldn’t have been any more left in the clouds… right? Buoyed by our eternal optimism eight members of HSX convened at Ferny Crofts and headed for the hills! …Read More

Introducing the HSX January Weekend 2014… Brecon Beacons!

Hi Guys, I hope everyone is tip top and looking forward to Christmas… not long to go now!!! As you know every January HSX heads off to the hills on our roaming weekend, in order to grab some fresh air and attempt to burn off all those mince pies we’ve been enjoying over the festive peroid! This year is no exception and HSX will be returning to the Brecon Beacons over the weekend …Read More

Back in Kathmandu

Once we had arrived back in Hotel Thamel we had a quick de-brief, being advised to shower and wash our clothes before they rotted off of us, giving us lunch money for us to go our separate ways for lunch. We were then given free-time to go and explore before we had to meet at 6 for dinner at K-Too Steakhouse. On the Saturday we were treated to another cultural tour …Read More

From dirty to clean

We left Khumjung at 9:00am in miserable and cloudy weather for an hour walk to Namche Bazzar. A short walk but still plenty to see in the poor weather. As we dropped over Namche hill we could here the drums from local school doing there morning aerobics, they where all lined up in their play ground. We watched a couple of helicopters land around Namche, which seemed crazy given the …Read More

Dingboche back to Khumjung

We started the Friday morning from Dingboche to Chukhung with only a 400 meter height gain, so a slow and steady day for us. Arriving at half 11, and all still feeling great after a slow day yesterday in Dingboche. Chukhung was rather small with only a few building and not much around. From Chukhung we walked to Island Peak base-camp, only about a 600 meter height gain to 5080 meter, …Read More