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Lent Newsletter 1


Happy new year! If more hillwalking is on your list of resolutions, we've got a trip to the North York Moors in a fortnight, a first aid session in a week, and an opportunity to get involved with running CUHWC at our Annual General Meeting shortly afterwards. Over the rest of this term we've plenty more trips, and of course the resumption of our weekly pub meets, Thursday evenings at the Castle Inn, from 21:30 until closing.

  1. Rosedale Trip, North York Moors, 26th to 28th January
  2. Basic First Aid Training Session, 19:00 to 20:30, 22nd January
  3. AGM, 8th February (join the committee!)
  4. Other trips this term

Yorkshire Bunkhouse, Rosedale, North York Moors, 26th to 28th January

For the first weekend trip of the term we're heading to the Yorkshire Bunkhouse in Rosedale. They're definitely hills, not mountains, but still gorgeous. There are two pubs in the village as well as endless heather moorland to explore (the largest expanse in England and Wales in fact). There's the possibility for some walks by the old ironstone workings in the dale or epic pub-bagging loops (I've counted at least 6 within 4 miles of the bunkhouse!). If you come, keep an eye out for painted yellow and blue bikes dotted around - the colours of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race which has previously passed right in front of our bunkhouse! We’ll leave Cambridge around 17:30 on Friday the 26th January and will be back well before midnight on Sunday the 28th. The bunkhouse has 19 places, and the trip costs £42, including transport, accommodation and communal club supplies (milk, biscuits, cooking oil etc.).

To sign up, 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 by random ballot, 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 Sunday 21st January and we'll email you shortly afterwards to let you know whether you have a place or if you're on the waiting list. 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 (more likely the later you drop out) 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 at

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

Basic First Aid Training Session, 19:00 to 20:30, 22nd January

The Cambridge University First Aid Society will be running a short training session for us in the Ramsden Room of St. Catharine's College, covering the basic first aid skills you might need on the hills or on a trip. Combining a talk with practical sessions, we aim to get through sprains & strains, hypothermia & hyperthermia, haemorrhage & shock: those situations you're most likely to encounter. Free to attend, with no assumed knowledge and with refreshments, this quick session is for anyone who wants to be able to help in an emergency. Just sign up here to let us know numbers and to let us contact you with any updates.

Annual General Meeting, 7p.m., 8th February

To provide over 400 spaces on trips each year we need a committee to run trips, organise transport and do various other tasks to keep CUHWC ticking over. Being on the committee is really rewarding, lets you meet a lot more hillwalkers, and helps you shape the direction of the Club, whether it's where we go on trips, what we do on socials, or how we function as a society. Your opportunity to play a role in that comes through election to the committee at our AGM, which is going to be on the 8th of February (and will be accompanied by refreshments). The positions are:

• President • Junior Treasurer • Meets Secretary • Safety Officer • Social Secretary • Membership Secretary •

We'll be sending out another email closer to the time with more detailed descriptions of the roles and how to stand for election. In the meantime, come to the pub to discuss the roles and ask any questions, or feel free to email any of the committee directly (emails here). Running on a joint ticket is possible (that's why we have two presidents this year!) and everyone is welcome to apply, whether you're a fresher or have been in Cambridge for longer than you like to remember.

Other trips this term

• Penwyllt Cottages weekend trip, Brecon Beacons, 9th to 11th February - Combined trip with the caving soc
• Lent term day trip, 18th Feb/25th Feb/4th March - TBC by new committee
• Keswick weekend trip, North Lakes, 9th to 11th March - Location for a navigation course

Details of these trips will be sent out by e-mail over the course of the term. In addition, we'll soon be announcing and opening sign-up for the first of our Easter vacation trips, to Glen Coe in the West Highlands of Scotland. Keep watching your e-mail for that!

Best wishes,