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Michaelmas Newsletter 1


Having just got back from a great trip to Edale (I didn't believe such sunshine was possible in October!), it's a pleasure to announce our first weekend trip of the year, to Glenridding in the Lake District. What's more, we'll be running a scrambling course on the trip, with three places available. Before then, we have a swap with the climbers, and our regular pub meets. Details of all are below.

  1. Glenridding trip, NE Lakes, 27th to 29th October
  2. Scrambling course on the above trip, 28th to 29th October
  3. Swap with CUMC at Nanna Mexico, Wednesday 18th October
  4. Regular pub meets at the Castle Inn, Thursday evenings

Bury Jubilee Hostel, nr. Glenridding, NE Lake District, 27th to 29th October

We'll be staying in Bury Jubilee Hostel (Grid reference NY 365174, post code CA11 0QR), a centrally-heated hostel with 30 beds at the foot of Helvellyn (England's best mountain, if you believe Google). It's a brilliant location, with obvious routes up (including the famous Striding Edge and Swirral Edge scrambles); Fairfield and High Street within reach; and plenty of surrounding fells, tarns, crags and summits for running, swimming, scrambling or bagging. We’ll leave Cambridge around 17:00 on Friday the 27th October and will be back well before midnight on Sunday the 29th. The trip fee is £42.

To sign up, e-mail the Presidents at, before 6p.m. on Sunday the 22nd October, stating your name 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.

If you've 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 Officer, Callum (

If you've any general questions, there's basic trip information on this website. If that doesn't help, feel free to drop me an email (

Scrambling course on the above trip, 28th to 29th October

Having rearranged from the last trip of last year, we have three places available on a scrambling course, to be run over both Saturday and Sunday of the Glenridding trip detailed above. Scrambling covers the ground between hillwalking and climbing, and involves using your hands to move up steep, rocky terrain. Not only is it a feature of many of the UK's best routes, it's an essential skill for most summits in the Alps and further afield. The course will be run by qualified instructors from Kendal Mountaineering Services, and will cover how to scramble safely, from basic ropework through to setting up and using running belays. For more details, see

The cost of the course is £120, but we expect to be able to arrange £60 of that to be refunded, through the club-administered Andy Gibson Training Fund. Previous members of the Club to participate in the course have enthusiastically recommended it, and can be put in touch on request. A place on the scrambling course will guarantee you a place on the Glenridding trip, though the trip fee is payable separately. To sign up, please contact Callum, our safety officer, at

Nanna Mexico swap with CUMC, Wednesday 18th October

Interested in climbing as well as hillwalking? Only interested in hillwalking, and want to demonstrate how much better it is than climbing? Whichever's the case, come to our swap with the Cambridge University Mountaineering Club, starting at Nanna Mexico (the Parker's Piece one, rather than the Petty Cury one) at 20:30. The plan's for food and chat at NannaMex (standard items £6.30), before moving on to a bar (which one, tbc) for more chat, drinks, and silly games.

There's no need to sign up, but we'd be grateful if you could give us an idea of numbers by filling in the webform at We'll see you on Wednesday!

Castle Inn pub meets, each Thursday evening from 21:30

It was great to see so many new people at the pub last Thursday! Whether it's your first time, or you've lost count, come along for a chat about the Glenridding trip or the scrambling course, the Club, hillwalking in general, or anything else. You can usually find us upstairs with the maps and stash.

All best, Matt