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Big Weekend Out 2012

  posted by Sam Harrison on 2012-06-08


There are less than two weeks to go until one of the biggest weekends in the LUHC calendar, Big Weekend Out! Celebrate the end of the year in style in beautiful Snowdonia for an epic weekend of fun, food and frolics!

So far the plan for this year is as follows:

Friday


Two minibuses will be leaving campus during the afternoon to take you to the campsite and after pitching the tents the rest of the evening is free for you to just chill out on the campsite or head to the pub.

We won't be providing food on Friday but you're more than welcome to bring your own. As always there's the possibility of a fish and chip stop on the way down. There's a little shop a short walk down the road from the campsite to stock up if need be, however it might not be open when we arrive, so plan ahead.

Saturday


If you're feeling up to a bit of exertion there will be a range of hikes on the Saturday, from walks up Snowdon to scrambles up the famous north ridge of Tryfan and beyond. As always, the exact walks will be decided on the day.

Walking is only optional though, and you're more than welcome to have a nice lazy day on the campsite, or catch the bus into Beddgelert or Betwys-y-Coed for a look around (there's an amazing ice cream shop in Beddgelert).

During the day there will be a list of challenges that you can team up with others to try and complete. The winning team will get a special prize at the end of the weekend. Past challenges have ranged from getting a photo with a stranger to skinny dipping!

In the evening we will have a good ol' LUHC barbecue. We'll provide the food, though you're welcome to bring your own treats as well!

Sunday


Once the tents are packed away after a nice lie-in you're free to do whatever you like. Chances are there will be another hike for those of you who are up for it. By early evening we'll be heading back to Lancaster, possibly via a fish and chip shops again.

Campsite and Gear


We're staying in Capel Curig at the Bryn Tyrch campsite, which is ideally located right in the heart of Snowdonia with most popular destinations only a short drive or bus journey away. The campsite has hot water and free showers, and there is a shop and pub just down the road.

You just need to bring the kit you would for a normal weekend trip (a reminder list will be emailed). Don't forget your sleeping bags, food for Friday, breakfasts and lunches, money and alcohol. The Club has tents, roll mats and Trangia cooking stoves for everyone who needs them. Oh, and torches are a great idea when camping! Bring your swimming trunks as well in case - if it was warm enough to take a dip in Skye last weekend (debatable, but we did anyway...) then it certainly will be in Snowdonia!

Sign-ups


Open now! Just bring your yellow membership card and £25 to Faraday Foyer any weekday between 1-2PM to sign up. The trip is filling up rather quickly already so get your names down soon!


Saturday trip to Arnside

  posted by Sam Harrison on 2012-06-08


Following the success of last year's mid-week trip to the beautiful coastal village of Arnside, we've decided to run the trip again, but this time on a Saturday so that everyone that's in work during the week can come along! The trip is taking place on Saturday 23rd June and we'll be catching the train from Lancaster. Please arrive at the train station in Lancaster for 9:30am, and expect to return early evening. Of course, you can make your own way there if you wish (it makes a great cycle ride from Lancaster). The train costs £3.50 return with a railcard, or £5.30 without. There's plenty to do in Arnside, whether it be a bimble up Arnside Knott, a stroll along the beach, fish and chips in the award-winning chippy there, or cakes from the rather lovely bakery. Oh, and there's a couple of pubs as well!


 

Howgills trip report

  posted by Sam Harrison on 2012-06-07


Trip report from the Sunday trip to the Howgill Fells on 27 May 2012, with Sir Chris Bonington. Photos and text by Sam Harrison. It has been two years since the club last went to the Howgill Fells, and that was the last time that the legendary mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington joined us on a walk. Chris is chancellor to our university and also honourary president of the club. He has an impressive number of bold first ascents to his name and it was an honour to be joined by such mountaineering royalty!

It was actually Chris' suggestion we go back to the Howgills, as two years ago the wet and cloudy weather meant we didn't get any views at all. This time couldn't have been any different, and even before we set off everyone was down to shorts and t-shirts and far too warm.

We headed up the side of Cautley Spout and along Force Gill Beck to The Calf. From there, we took the large footpath down to Bowderdale and then back down to the minibus by the Cross Keys. The Cross Keys is one of the only temperance inns left in the UK, and the building dates back over 400 years. It has only been a temperance inn since 1902 however, after the then-landlord drowned trying to rescue a drunked customer who held fallen by the river banking. I was quite surprised to find the Ginger Beer had an alcoholic content of 0.5%!

We all had a great day and Chris said he really enjoyed himself. He has written about the day on his own blog, as well as a bit about his day with the Mountaineers the day before. Our photos can be found here.

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