February 2021 – The Beast from the East – Take 2

February 2021 – The Beast from the East – Take 2

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Good things come to those who wait...! The quality snow which was blanketing the Pennines and the rest of the UK finally arrived here in the northeast. On Tuesday morning most of us awoke to a few cm of snow. For once it was properly cold and not too windy. I skied for an hour and a half from my front door, out along the Reivers Cycle Route (Alan). Various Hexham-based Loipers skied in Slaley Forest and Embley Fell. Judi and Peter even skied in Durham and Allie tried skate skiing on Benton Village Green. Embley Fell (Tim Elliott) Slaley Forest (Jane Brantom) It was snowing heavily here early on Wednesday morning. I skied the length of the Darras Hall bridleway and a circuit of Ponteland Park. Then I skied…
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Skiing over the Lockdown

Skiing over the Lockdown

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A good number of Loiper members have been active over the latest lockdown period - obeying the lockdown rules and 'staying local'. Here are a few photos from those who managed to find good skiing almost from their front door. The fabulous snow in the Pennines and Cheviots is sadly out of bounds under current covid guidelines. Slaley Forest - photo Tim Elliott Embley Fell - photo Ben Haywood Smith Slaley Forest - photo Ben Haywood Smith Jane Brantom and Pat Lynch found plenty of snow on Acomb Fell, and on the Sele in Hexham Along the road near Oakwood - photo John Dark Humber Hill, Lanchester - photo Graham Harkness Mike and Sally were skiing on the Waskerley Way Peter and Alison skied from their front door next to…
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Good skiing right now. If you live in Germany!

Good skiing right now. If you live in Germany!

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The recent zoom meet (Tuesday evening) attracted 23 Loiper members swapping stories of their skiing exploits over the last couple of weeks. Club Secretary Charlie Fisher made everyone envious with photos of cross country track skiing close to his home in Germany. Charlie's explanation and a few photos below... Snow conditions in Germany are pretty good this year, so despite Corona restrictions it has been possible to ski locally. The downhill facilities are not allowed to open, so they have used the equipment to keep the network of loipen open, and even to come up with some new ones. In total, we have almost 200km of prepared tracks, some rather narrow prepared by a guy on a snowmobile, but most done to a high standard. Given the kids aren't allowed…
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Great Skiing on Kilhope Law nr Allenheads, Northumberland

Great Skiing on Kilhope Law nr Allenheads, Northumberland

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Nine Loipers enjoyed a splendid afternoon of skiing on Monday 4th Jan making use of the best winter snow this year (and last). Indications from weather forecast and from local ski clubs postings suggested that we would be in for a good outing. Abiding by government Covid guidelines for Tier 4 (skiing in pairs - 'one other person outdoors'), we skied from the bridge just outside Allendale village at 400m altitude up to the summit of Kilhope Law at 673m - a round trip of 8km. We had good snow all the way. The summit was a bit bleak but we also had a few glimpses of the sun and some lovely views. The photos tell their own story. Ben Haywood Smith making first tracks up the hill - photo…
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Roller ski coaching day at Hetton nr Durham

Roller ski coaching day at Hetton nr Durham

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Tyneside Loipers hosted a superb day of roller ski coaching on behalf of Snowsport England last Saturday. We had four great coaches and 20 participants - from Manchester and London clubs and Tyneside Loipers. Thanks to helpers Neil and David and Howard from Loipers and to the staff at Hetton Country Park. Everyone appreciated the Hetton facilities and a great track (including the hills) and remarkably a day of good weather. There are lots more photos on the Dropbox link here. The weather was mainly dry and sunny so we could mostly relax outside the pavilion. The gazebo outside the pavilion helped with social distancing (thanks to Jane Dammers). Mike Smith looked after the intermediate group. The Advanced group were coached by Scott Dixon. The advanced-intermediates were coached by Martin…
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Loipers July bike ride

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High point of the day - Weetslade Sculptures A day of warmth and sunshine was promised and it certainly lived up to expectations. Five Loipers (Lewis, Howard, David, Neil and Alan) led by Alan, rode a 35 mile off road route from Rising Sun Country Park in Benton to the coast via North Shields fish quay, Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and Seaton Sluice. Lewis donned his shortie wet suit and he and Alan braved the icy water of the North Sea for a short swim while the rest of us looked in wonder. After quickly drying off in the sunshine our group set off on the return leg via some super tracks and bridleways through Holywell Dene, Backworth, High Weetslade and Gosforth Park. Lewis offered Tea and Cakes back at his…
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Loipers ‘Book Club’ Evening

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Always keen to try something new! Our virtual pub meet last week had an interesting new flavour. Eleven club members joined our online Zoom meeting to hear about some recommended reading from Neil, Alan, Vivienne, Lewis and John - 'anything about the outdoors or nature, mountains and skiing and adventure'. We had 5 very different books - it was a fascinating evening. Neil started off with Robert MacFarlane's latest book 'Underland'. Neil has read all of MacFarlane's books and is a real fan of his writing style. In his latest book Underland he has plenty of material, describing his own adventures in a cave in the Mendips and elsewhere, underground exploration around the globe, passages built beneath cities such as Paris, climbing into ice caves beneath glaciers and working in…
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From on-snow at Dalseter to expert roller-skier!

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Stephen MacShane came back from a week at Dalseter a bit disappointed with his progress – mainly track skiing with coaching from Dagmar.  He made a resolution to get out on roller skis and immediately enrolled with XC Ski Nation (https://xcskination.com/ ) and discovered lots of really good tips about cross country ski technique. After his return from Dalseter he was practising on the cycle track at Hetton Country Park nearly every day, putting into practice the tips he was picking up from XC Ski Nation.  The XC Ski website subscription also allowed Stephen to upload video clips of his skiing with subsequent feedback analysis from the experts. Skate skiing practice near home in Consett. Another breakthrough came when Stephen’s cousin Brian from Alberta was marooned in the UK over…
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Loipers plans for 2021 – ski touring at Mosstrond, Norway

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Hello Loipers and other Nordic skiing enthusiasts. This is my attempt to bring together the Zoom talk and some of the photos of Mosstrond that I showed on 21st May (Alan Mitcham). This is our planned venue for next year's Norway trip, flights and travel restrictions permitting. Mosstrond is an old schoolhouse on an island in Mossvatn to the west of Rjukan in southern Norway. It is currently run as an outdoor centre and used as a base for Nordic ski touring over the winter season. It is a favourite venue for Exodus who have groups at Mosstrond on typically 3 or 4 weeks of every winter. It is also much favoured by several Loipers including Martin Read who is one of the shareholders who bought the schoolhouse from the…
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Hut touring in the Rondane, March 2020

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Six hardy Loipers - Neil, Lewis, Ben, Paramjeet and Peter and Alison - spent most of one week at the comfortable Dalseter Høyfjellshotel and then travelled to the northern Rondane (Norway's first National Park) to ski the renowned Rondane north-south traverse, staying in DNT mountain huts along the way. With unexpected hut closures, plus the Norwegian shutdown (due to corona virus), stormy weather and mixed snow conditions, the team got more than they bargained for! Read the story of their adventure (written by Lewis Preston) - click on the link below. Six Loipers ready to depart from Dalseter on 12th March Their plan was to take them from Hageseter in the north to Rondvassbu and Bjørnhollia in the south. Then they would ski out to the rail line and collect…
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