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Lent Newsletter 1

Hi everyone

If flat, gloomy Cambridge has got you down - no fear, CUHWC returns with another instalment of trips to get you your hill fix! We have updated our calendar with this term's trips: first up is our trip to the North Pennines in just under two weeks' time and we've just opened sign up! We're also opening sign up for our Glencoe trip in March.

  1. Teesdale Trip, 25th - 27th January
  2. Glencoe Trip, 17th - 22nd March
  3. Pub resumes!

Teesdale trip, North Pennines, 25th - 27th January

Join us for our first weekend trip of Lent 2019! We're heading up to the North Pennines to the lovely Teesdale, an area we've not been to in a while. There's endless moors, hills and plenty of waterfalls so there'll be something for everyone, whether you're new to hillwalking or an old hand in the club (the pub up the road is pretty good too!).

Sign up on the webform here, stating your name, e-mail and (if you'd like) the names and e-mail addresses of up to 2 people with whom you'd like to go. Places will be assigned at random, with either all or none of the people you name getting a place (with the same likelihood as if you applied alone). If you get a place and drop out, you'll be less likely to get a place on future trips, and if we're unable to find a replacement you'll have to pay for your place (see our drop out policy). The trip fee is £42.

If you have any questions about kit, check the website for our kit list and list of what you can borrow. If that doesn't help then e-mail our Safety and Equipment Officer, Chris. For any general questions, there's basic trip information on our website. If that doesn't help, feel free to drop me an email.

We're also in need of more drivers for this trip - if you're 21 or older with a valid driving license then please get in touch with our meets secretary, Danny (cuhwc-meets@srcf.net). Drivers get £15 expenses (normally deducted from your trip fee) and if you drive your own car you're also entitled to an additional £10 in wear-and-tear expenses. We reimburse fuel costs after the trip.

Glencoe trip, Scottish Highlands, 17th - 22nd March

We're really excited to announce our trip to Glencoe. It's a beautiful part of the UK that is just impossible to get to for weekend trips (and you couldn't do the area justice in two day walks anyway). These are serious mountains with stunning views if you get a clear day - watch out for the SMC hut at 0:44 here! If you want to come you should be comfortable with long, demanding days in big hills.

We have booked the SMC's Lagangarbh hut from Sunday 17th to Friday 22nd March. Unlike our other vacation trips, this is not a pay-per-night trip. The cost is £80, including tea, milk and biscuits.

As we're going in March, there is the possibility of winter conditions so we'll be gathering interest in a winter skills course for the first two days (Monday and Tuesday). The course cost is tbc dependant on numbers, but will likely be around £100 and if you're an active club member we can apply on your behalf for a 50% grant from the Andy Gibson Training Fund. If you have no experience with use of ice axe and crampons we strongly recommend you do the winter skills course. If you have any questions about this please don't hesitate to get in touch!

If there are winter conditions, you'll also need to have winter walking boots (at least B1), an ice axe, and crampons if you want to do anything above the snowline. The club will organise ice axe and crampon hire centrally and we can suggest places to hire boots.

As normal with our vacation trips, you'll have to arrange your own travel to and from Scotland. Glasgow is easy enough to reach by rail from most of the UK; there is then a Citylink bus to Glencoe (you can request that the bus stops in the layby just by the hut). If there is anyone who plans to drive, it would be a big help to have a car or two on the trip, but it is a long way from Cambridge. When we confirm places we'll send out the wiki for organising transport.

We're running a random ballot sign up for this trip. If you'd like to come, fill in this webform stating your name, e-mail and (if you'd like) the names and e-mail addresses of up to 2 people with whom you'd like to go. Places will be assigned after the sign-up deadline, with either all or none of the people you name getting a place (with the same likelihood as if you applied alone). Sign up closes at 18:00 on Monday 28th January. We'll then send an email to confirm whether you have a place or if you're on the waiting list.

Pub resumes!

Join us in the Castle Inn on Castle Street from 8.30pm every Wednesday during term, beginning this Wed (16th). Everyone is welcome, new and old faces alike. Someone will be wearing some stash and we'll have a map or two on the table. We're normally upstairs or (if it's busy) sometimes downstairs near the fireplace.