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Elections and the Annual Dinner

  posted by Sam Harrison on 2014-02-11

One of the most important nights in the LUHC calendar is coming up next Monday, our yearly elections, when you got to decide who is on the Exec for the following year! Come along to Frankland Lecture Theatre at 7:30pm to cast your vote, and feel free to heckle the candidates as much as you want. The meeting will also act as our AGM.

Nominations for positions are still open, and there are a few roles we still need someone to fill, so if you fancy helping out the Hiking Club in the coming year, then come and put your name down! More info about the different exec positions can be found here.

After the elections, we'll be heading to Grad to celebrate (or commiserate).

Annual Dinner at the Gatehouse

In addition, you can now sign up for our Annual Dinner to the Gatehouse restaurant in Lancaster, taking place on Friday 21st January. You can either order from a set menu, costing £16 for two courses or £20 for three, or alternatively you can order from the standard a la carte menu. This is when we say goodbye to the old exec and say hello to the new one.


Patterdale trip report

  posted by Emma Woodrow on 2014-02-07

Having missed out on the Borrowdale trip the weekend before and following my massive food binge over the holidays, I was very glad to be back in the stunning Lake District for our walk from Patterdale!

The weather was absolutely awful, having arrived in Patterdale. Thus, rather than taking in the beautiful scenery, we stayed on the minibuses to discuss route options and waterproof-up! I signed up for our safety officer Harry's walk, as he was doing a relatively shorter one for a change, which planned to bag some of the less well-known Wainrights.

Setting off it was clear that the rain really wasn't going to shift, but we tried not to let it dampen our spirits (excuse the pun!). However, ascending up Angletarn Pikes, a relatively small Wainright at only 567m, it was clear that the rain wasn't the only thing the weather was going to throw at us; the wind was so strong that it was extremely difficult to walk and even stand up at times. As we reached the summit of the Angletarn Pikes the wind got so bad that a number of us even had to be escorted along the ridge! I'm sure the views would have been beautiful, as is always the case in the Lake District, however the wind was so horrible that we were only on the summit for a couple of minutes!

From here it was an easy walk to Brock Crags so we set off, collecting an old sheep's skull as a memento on our way, before reaching the summit just as the clouds started to part. Walking along the top the ground was extremely boggy so there was a lot of jumping over large puddles; I even managed a spectacular face plant into one of them at one point!

Having eaten, the group split leaving a small group to 'run' up Rest Dodd and the Nabb and the rest of us to head for home. The walk down was fairly easy and gentle and so we were taught about some of the great geography by our vice-president Dom! We were even lucky enough to see a group of rare red deer at one point!

Making it back to the pub we met up with the other groups again and all treated ourselves to a well-deserved cup of tea. Given all of our wet gear the stench from our seating area was horrific, but despite that, and the typical toilet humour of course, we all spent a good couple of hours chatting and drying off before heading back to Lancaster!


Borrowdale trip report

  posted by Dom Cozzi on 2014-02-04

After the copious amounts of cheese, wine and other gastronomic fancies combined with the inevitable laziness of Christmas, what a joy it was to be back in the beautiful Lake District. Especially after 4 weeks in the flat and frankly unhikeable Cambridgeshire countryside! It was time to kick off our packed Lent Term calendar with our first hike of 2014 and where better to bust those January blues than the stunning Borrowdale Valley. Recently, I've been trying to tick off some of the lesser known Wainwrights and so teamed up with Harry to tackle 4 peaks I'd scarcely heard of... splendid!

I'd got some new boots over the holidays and couldn't wait to break them in and so after munching up my habitual pre-departure pork pie, the day began. Starting our day from Rosthwaite, we headed South to tackle our first peak of the day: Eagle Crag. Although a mere 503m, it rises dramatically up from the landscape and walking along the valley, the imposing fell looked almost impossible at first, but a winding ascent through the crags afforded us a scenic route to the summit. The weather was surprisingly kind to us, and good visibility at the top was greatly appreciated by all, especially by Harry who got to give his new gadget, some binoculars, a try. As we rested for a moment, Gregory pensively reminded us that some of the world's greatest thinkers, writers and artists were all taken by the beauty of the fells and the words of Wainwright sprang to mind...

"Eagle Crag is so splendidly situated, so nobly proportioned and of so arresting appearance that it is a far worthier object than the parent fell (High Raise) rising behind"
After a quick break, we stayed high and continued South along the ridge to reach our second summit of the day, Sergeant's Crag. Despite only being at 571m, this is the highest we would reach all day! We had a decision to make over lunch as to our routing for the rest of the day. We could either immediately descend into the valley to head back North or stay high and walk all the way around the ridge along a slightly trickier route just below the snow line. In the end, we decided on the latter and carefully made our way around to the other side of the valley. We continued past the path up Ullscarf, where the other group would eventually end up, crossing over very boggy land, with several of us getting quite soggy feet, a good test for the new boots! Eventually we reached the third summit of the day, Great Crag. It was at this point, that I decided to put what I've learnt from Emma into practice... it was the perfect time to share out the Fuzzy Peaches, delicious Canadian sweets courtesy of Marguerite! They went down quite a treat and gave us the last burst of energy needed to bag the fourth and lowest summit of the day, Grange Fell.

There was the tempting proposition of possibly nipping up Castle Crag (The shortest of the Wainwrights at 290m), however with the ever fading darkness and tiring limbs, we resigned ourselves to the pub for a well earned pint... always the best way to end the day! Overall, a fantastic start to the new term, with some new hills to tick off my Wainwright map. Thanks to Harry for leading, Ivar for driving and everyone else for their sparkling company. VP: Over and Out.

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