Tickets for the AGM will become available online shortly!!
This year the AGM will be hosted at La Besi (the Italian place near the Library pub), which is bring your own alcohol....
We will be meeting there at 8pm.
So, if you fancy being on committee next year these are the possible roles you can choose from:
PRESIDENT (if you like power)
SECRETARY (if you like emails plus it’s obviously the best role)
TREASURER (if you like money)
TRIP SECRETARY (if you like places)
GEAR SECRETARY (if you like shiny things)
WEB SECRETARY (if you like pretty pictures of pretty places)
SOCIAL SECRETARY (if you like being social)
GENERAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS (if you just like knowing what’s happening)
If you are thinking of running for one of these roles you will need to prepare a short manifesto detailing why you are suited to the role, as well as a speech to give on the night before votes are cast. The proper descriptions of the above roles will be in separate emails/Facebook posts, so keep an eye out (these will also help you with what to out in your manifesto’s).
His Grace The Duke of Devonshire’s Bolton Abbey Estate is famously the site of the magnificent Bolton Priory (and, less famously, the 19th century birthplace of Britain’s largest ever cow, weighing in at 1.13 tons!). Here we’ll be practising our navigational skills, so if you want to get more involved in leading hikes, or just fancy being a bit better an nav anyway, come along even if you are unsure of what a ‘map’ actually is. Musical accompaniment: the ‘Downton Abbey’ Theme.
Since time immemorial the Hiking Club has made the annual pilgrimage to the Lakeland village of Braithwaite for its first weekend trip. The origins of this never-changing ritual are lost in the mists of which they get a lot in the north Lake District. So cue much wailing and gnashing of teeth as a proclamation is nailed to the gear-store door, stating that this year’s first weekend will be a whole 10km east of Braithwaite, in the village of Threlkeld. We know not what lies in this hitherto uncharted territory. All we can say is that you ought to bring a pair of sturdy walking boots and a good packed lunch and we can only hope that we haven’t opened a Pandora’s box creating a schism between Braithwaitists and Threlkeldians. All this will be happening to the accompaniment of Prokofiev’s ‘The Montagues and Capulets’ (the theme from The Apprentice).
Come one, come all! Give hiking a go this Sunday. If you’ve spent the term so far stuck in Leeds and feel like you need to get out into the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, then join us for the day in Ribblehead. As you look down from one of Yorkshire’s famous Three Peaks, remember that had you been here 140 years ago you would probably be helping to carry some of the 1.5 million bricks used to build the magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct (so tell whoever’s carrying the group first aid kit to stop complaining!). This week’s musical accompaniment is the ‘Colonel Bogey March’.
If the name ‘Kinder Scout’ means anything to you then you’re in the right place, if it doesn’t then you’re about to be acquainted with a place dear to the hearts of many a hiker. The village of Edale and its surroundings offer some wonderful hikes, with plenty of opportunity for a bit of scrambling en route. This week’s suggested musical accompaniment is Richard Strauss’s ‘Am Wasserfall’.
Our first Sunday hike takes us to the village of Malham in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Whether a seasoned hiker or total beginner, all are welcome to join us in exploring some of the finest scenery near Leeds. If this year’s trips were an opera, it would be Wagnerian in scale, and Malham would provide the perfect Prelude to Act One. Our Trip Sec’s suggested musical accompaniment to this trip is Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries’, which ought to be playing as you stride across the limestone pavement and peer over the precipitous Malham Cove, surveying some of the most magnificent views Yorkshire has to offer.
As announced at our winter briefing, what better way to round off your year by joining us on an awesome trip to the Swiss Alps?! We'll be going for two weeks either side of Swiss National Day, and there's a chance for some proper alpine mountaineering with all the trimmings. Further info to follow, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you're interested!
After a fantastic trip at the tail end of November to Snowdonia, we're going back this Easter for another go! Hopefully we'll have the chance to do some brill scrambles and have some great mountain days too, but this time instead of having to traipse back to Leeds after a few days, we can stay for a week! What better way to get some air before diving into revision?
Our last weekend trip of the semester is to Duddon Valley in the Lake District! If you've never been on a weekend trip with us, now is your chance. The Lake District is home to England's highest mountain, as well as many other fells just waiting to be climbed. If the weathers good, there potential for some scrambling too. Sock wrestling anyone?
Two weeks after the journey to Scotland, we do it all again. This time we head to some of the most renowned Scottish mountaineering areas, the peaks and secret corries surrounding Fort William and Glencoe. There is a huge variety of terrain and routes, which depending on the weather conditions may allow you to access high peaks such as Bidean nam Bian, Am Bodach or Ben Nevis itself. The same requirements hold for this trip as for the Cairngorms, but you are only required to do skills training if you weren't on that trip. There is again an option to extend your time in this mountaineering nirvana, with a chance to leave Scotland on both the Sunday afternoon and the Monday afternoon. Trust us, this is one to get psyched for!
This week you have another chance to give us a go. Today we are off to Rivington In Lancashire. Home of Lord Levers private estate and Winter Hill. Lancashire's answer to Emley Moor. Whether you fancy a hike up to the viewpoint at the pike, or wander around the reservoirs, there should be something to suit most here. Hopefully you'll have a cracking time.