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Easter Newsletter 4

Hi all,

Here is your latest update on all things CUHWC! I'll keep this short and sweet as we head into exam season, but there are still plenty of exciting things to look forward to in the coming weeks:

  1. Trip to Duddon Valley, Lake District, 8th-10th June
  2. Scrambling Skills course, 8th-10th June
  3. Upcoming socials for your diary

1. Dale Head Bunkhouse, Duddon Valley, Lake District, 8th - 10th June

For our last trip of the academic year we're heading to the western Lake District. There are good hills in all directions - the Coniston range to the south-east, Crinkle Crags to the north east and even Britain's (joint) steepest road for a bit of zing on your Friday evening journey. If you're bored of walking alone, you can even take an alpaca for a stroll. As well as the lovely hills, there are some interesting features left over from the area's industrial heritage.

We'll leave Cambridge at your allocated departure time on Friday the 8th June and will be back well before midnight on Sunday the 10th. The trip fee is £42 - this includes transport, accommodation and communal club supplies (milk, biscuits, cooking oil etc.). Sign up is via this webform on our website.
Sign up closes at 18:00 on Saturday 2nd June 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 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 Officer, Chris at If you have any general questions, there's basic trip information on our website. If that doesn't help, feel free to reply to this email.

2. Scrambling course, 9th - 10th June

After the success of our recent skills courses, including two winter skills courses in Glen Coe, a navigation course in Keswick and a first aid course here in Cambridge, we are running a 2-day scrambling course on the upcoming weekend trip to Duddon Valley in the Lake District.

Scrambling is best described as the grey area between hillwalking and climbing, usually defined as "a walk up steep terrain involving the use of one's hands", and may or may not involve ropework. It is an essential skill for attempting some of the UK's more serious mountain walks such as the Black Cuillin in Skye, but also offers an interesting alternative approach to many hills in Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. In previous years, the scrambling course run by Kendall Mountaineering Services has proved popular with CUHWC members and we are running another. The cost is £120 and if you're an active club member we can put in an application to the Andy Gibson Training Fund on your behalf for a 50% grant.

The webform to sign up is here. By filling in this webform, you are confirming your place on the scrambling course and agree to pay the course fee plus the normal trip fee (£42). If you sign up and then drop out you will still be required to pay the course fee unless a replacement can be found.

3. Upcoming socials

This coming Wednesday (23rd May) we're going to make a slight break in term-time tradition and head to the Cambridge Beer Festival instead of the weekly pub meet. Keep an eye on CUHWC Chat where we'll organise a time/place to meet.

We have two May Week socials on the horizon too: a ceilidh in Murray Edwards Dome on Friday 15th June and our annual Garden Party on Monday 18th June. We'll give more details in a future email, but until then save the dates!

Hope to see you at a social or in the hills soon!