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Easter Newsletter 1

Hi everyone, and welcome back!

We've got lots on this term, from a relaxed, no-commitment day trip nearby to a weekend at the wild Western end of the Lake District, and from pub trips to punting to parties. Details of all events will be sent out over term, but important to note now is a scrambling course we're running on a trip from the 9th to the 11th June - if you've ever wanted to try more serious scrambling, or to make the step to roped mountaineering, e-mail me or Chris (cuhwcpresident@gmail.com) or Callum (cuhwc-safety@srcf.net) to sign up (or learn more if you're unsure).

  1. Trips
  2. Scrambling Course
  3. May Week Socials
  4. Pub

1. Trips

We've two weekend trips and a day trip this term, making the most of the Spring and Summer sunshine:

Mystery Trip, 12-14th May: We're headed to a mystery location for our first weekend trip of term. We'll be giving you hints from now until we depart, but I can say now that it's a great area and with long May days it'll be light in the hills until late, so there'll be plenty of good walking. More information'll follow in the next bulletin, and we're planning on trialling a new sign-up system, so get excited!

Chilterns Day Trip, 28th May: Fancy escaping Cambridge for a bit, but can't spare a weekend? Come on our casual day trip to the Chiltern Hills, about an hour away by train and bus. It'll be a relaxed trip, with no pre-payment and no limit on places. Sign up here to get information closer to the time.

Ennerdale Trip, 9-11th June: We've a big trip as our last of the academic year, with up to 40 bunkhouse places in the most remote part of the Lake District. We'll let you know sign-up details closer to the time.

2. Scrambling Course

A message from Callum, our Safety Officer:

On our second trip of term to Ennerdale in the Lake District (9-11th of June) there will be an opportunity to take part in our annual scrambling skills training course. Scrambling includes aspects of both hill-walking and climbing and is typically done on steeper, rougher terrain. The course will initially cover rope work techniques, and progress through to more technical skills such as belaying and coordinated movement while scrambling. It will be run over both the Saturday and Sunday of the Ennerdale trip and is taught by qualified instructors from Kendal Mountaineering Services. See http://www.kendalmountaineeringservices.co.uk/scrambling-courses/ for further details. All safety equipment (hats, ropes etc.) are provided by the instructors. The only prerequisites are a sturdy pair of walking boots.

The cost of this course will be £60 (to be confirmed). Previous years have enjoyed this course thoroughly and it comes highly recommended for those interested in more technical pursuits. However, places are limited. Payment is required by the 8th of May to secure a place on the course.

If you would like to sign-up or get some further information email our Safety Officer Callum (cuhwc-safety@srcf.net) or the club presidents (cuhwcpresident@gmail.com), who'll be able to put you in touch with previous participants.

3. May Week Socials

It may not feel like it now, but the end's in sight! To celebrate the completion of the academic year, we'll have our traditional Garden Party, followed by an overnight punting trip to Grantchester meadows. The date'll be the afternoon of the 17th June (subject to confirmation), and details will be released later in term.

Even more exciting, we've the extra May Week treat of a ceilidh! For those who know what one is, the date for your diary's Friday the 16th June, the place Murray Edwards, and the time around 8p.m.. For everyone else, the name's from the Scottish Gaelic for 'party' and the event's been variously described as "dancing for those who can't dance", "organised chaos", and "the most fun you can have with your clothes on". The Cambridge University Ceilidh Band will provide the tunes, you've no need for a partner, experience or ability, and proceeds'll go to Mountain Rescue. Further details will, again, be released later in term.

4. Pub

More socials will be announced, and details provided, over the course of the term. For now, there's the weekly pub meets, every Thursday evening in the Castle Inn, from 9.30p.m. until closing time. Come say hi!


All best for Easter term,

Matt

Co-President CUHWC