Author: Ian

  • HSX Ad+Venture 2015

    Another jam packed weekend of adventure in the Lakes! Over 40 participants descended on Great Tower Activity Centre for the annual HSX trip.  Day 1 (Good Friday) saw the hills shrowded in mist so a day of walking on Wetherlam, Old Man of Coniston and Kentmere Ring was enjoyed by three groups with lots of […]

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

    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 […]

  • Christmas Weekend 2014

    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 […]

  • HSX Antarctica on the Road

    HSX Antarctica on the Road

    The past few months have been pretty busy for the team. Having taken the expedition on the road, we’ve been visiting a lot of local Scout units to share our expedition and the spirit of adventure it embodies. Through troop evenings and the ‘South Pole relay’ we’ve been excited to see the enthusiasm on the […]

  • Throwback: H.O.T (HSX On Tour) trip diary – June 2013 – The French Alps

    Throwback: H.O.T (HSX On Tour) trip diary – June 2013 – The French Alps

    Being able to rescue your team members from a crevasse is an essential skill that the team hope never to use in anger in the Antarctic. However, in the pursuit of learning such an important concept, the team ventured to the French Alps in July 2013 for two weeks of fresh alpine air. Not only […]

  • One and a half times the size of the USA: 10 surprising facts about Antarctica

    One and a half times the size of the USA: 10 surprising facts about Antarctica

    How much do you know about Antarctica? The team has been busy doing their research about the continent they are going to spend 80 days on in 2018; here is our top 10: 10) The lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth was -89.2oC (128.6oF), recorded at Vostok Research Station on 21st July 1983 9) The […]

  • Hanging out with Olympic Gold Medallists (Norway week 2)

    Hanging out with Olympic Gold Medallists (Norway week 2)

      Monday, the start of the second week in Norway and we headed an hour and a half away from camp. Our aim was a nearby valley, going as high as possible to reach a flat plateau in which we were able to use the skis over relatively flat terrain. After a few hours, we […]

  • The Land of Fjords, Vikings and Cross-Country Skiing!

    The Land of Fjords, Vikings and Cross-Country Skiing!

    Norway is logistically perhaps one of the more challenging places to run a training expedition, which is without even mentioning the expense involved with such a task (as Europe’s third most expensive country to live in). However, this piece of Scandinavia straddling the Arctic Circle offers the best opportunity for the team to cultivate the […]

  • Top 3 Essential Antarctic Foods

    Top 3 Essential Antarctic Foods

    A lot of food is needed in order to survive the harsh polar conditions of the Antarctic whilst dragging a 150kg pulk for over 80 days. Here, we’ve have listed three of the most important foods that we believe can make or break an expedition to the South Pole. 1 Butter – Full of fat […]

  • HSX Ad+Venture

    HSX Ad+Venture

    This Easter 28 Scouts, Explorers, Network and Scout Active Support members return to Great Tower for an amazing weekend of adventure in the Lake District. Arriving in the Lakes on Thursday the team members enjoyed 3 full days of high adventure splitting into different groups each day to experience different activities and areas of the […]