Saddleworth Discovery Walks: Snowshoeing club

Chris Maylor, who runs a Saddleworth Discovery Walks blog and Facebook page, looks at the birth of a new club.

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WHILE AWAY skiing in the Ap39 sadd walks snowshoe clublps recently, I was reminded of past winter adventures back home.

Some years ago, during a particularly hard winter, heavy snow fall had made running and walking on the hills quite a difficult task; the soft, deep snow curtailing long outings upon the fells. Would snowshoes allow me to traverse the snow-covered moors unhindered?

Arriving home a couple of days later and excited to try out my new purchase, I grabbed my already-packed rucksack and headed for the hills.

Setting out from Brushes Clough, I made good progress over deep snow drifts as my new, lightweight snowshoes effectively spread my weight on top of the virgin-fresh, ivory powder.

With the light of the moon reflecting off the snow, my headtorch sat redundant in my rucksack and I soon reached the summit of Crow Knoll upon Crompton Moor.

Continuing on, I descended into the Piethorne Valley and completed a circumnavigation of Ogden Reservoir before returning to my start-point, via my outbound route.

My first outing on snowshoes had been a success and I had been captivated by the opportunities for winter exploration which they offered.

The next morning I excitedly informed a good friend about my new discovery and the previous night’s adventure.

He immediately procured himself a pair and that very same day we enjoyed a joint snowshoeing foray into the hills. Hearing of our recent outings, another friend also bought a pair of snowshoes; and the Saddleworth Snowshoeing Club was born.


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