WhatsApp Group link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/DHhdoDNyofYLmCdsUjgABu
LSESU Outdoors society was created in 2020, but due to Covid-19 restrictions initially had very few events. In October 2021 a new committee (President Guido Rowe; Vice-President Sara Taaffe; Secretary Lauren Tilley; Treasurer Vishal Lohana) took over and has been running it since. We plan hikes, socials, and other events such as Outdoors-related workshops (navigation, first aid etc). Events tend to be on a weekly or a bi-weekly basis with most hikes taking place on a Saturday or Sunday. We hope to get more students involved so that they can take a well-deserved break from their studies! Joining is a great chance to meet new people and enjoy the great outdoors.
Recently, we formed a sub-committee of roughly half a dozen 'hike leaders', they act as a point of contact between members and the executive committee. Importantly, they also help us to plan and lead hikes. Dependant on the route, we will often split off into groups of between six and twelve.
What to expect:
We want to involve as many people as possible and therefore plan a multitude of hikes/ walks with varying difficulties. We are privileged to have some really experienced hikers in our midst and for this reason cater to them by offering challenging hikes and multi-day expeditions. Our first flagship expedition will be on the 19th to the 20th of February as two teams of six will attempt to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge. The teams will be covering 40km in 12 hours in addition to summitting Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough with a total climbing elevation gain of 1,400m.
So far this year we have been on hikes at Box Hill, Epping Forest, and Seven Sisters. In addition to hikes, we are planning to host more frequent pub socials and picnics!
How will you hear from us:
To keep updated with our weekly weekend hiking events please follow us on Instagram! For members, we also send out updates and details via email in addition to our members-only WhatsApp group (our main method of communication). To join, please purchase membership so that you can be the first in the know! In terms of registering for hikes, we will now be using the LSESU online registration system, this will enable us to streamline our sign-up process and charge for some relevant events (such as when accommodation costs are included).
Membership for the LSE Outdoors Society costs £2 and is available to all. Becoming a member ensures you're informed of all our hikes, events and socials and you will gain access to our members-only WhatsApp group and email updates. Our hikes are free, with members only needing to pay for their personal transport (train etc) to get to the start/ finish location of each hike. For overnight and multiday expeditions we group book accommodation to keep prices for members down and then pass on this charge via the LSESU website as detailed above (the society takes no commission).
We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have! Send us an email at email@example.com or get in touch via our Instagram- @lsesu_outdoors.
Michaelmas term September 2022 newsletter:
Dear all, I hope you are well.
Welcome to our new students joining our LSE community. Here is an update for the events we have planned over the coming weeks as well as information about the upcoming LSE SU Outdoors Society election and applications for our sub-committee of hike leaders. All our events are open to all students both undergraduate and postgraduate. We found last year that the majority of our members were studying their masters here at LSE, this year we hope to broaden the society out to include more undergrads whilst also continuing to cater to postgrads. The dynamic worked really well last year and everyone seemed to get along with members meeting a broad range of people at socials and walks!
Box Hill Give It a Go hike Saturday 22nd October- 22/10/2022:
On Saturday 22nd October we will be running our first walk of the year at Box Hill! Below are the details:
Event overview and itenary:
Come join us as we travel to nearby Box Hill in Surrey for an escape from the city to reconnect with the outdoors and mates! No hiking experience is required. This will be more of an easy walk – an opportunity to meet other members of the Outdoors Society, brainstorm events for the Lent Term, and enjoy a good dose of mother nature. Please spread the word and bring your friends along too!
- 0900 Meet at London Waterloo Station at 0900 and catch the 0924 train to Box Hill & Westhumble station.
- 1011 to 1333 Train arrives at 1011, starting the hike. The walk will consist of a loop up and down Box Hill taking in the views- including a snack break and possible café stop at the top of Box Hill. HIKE DETAILS: (Box Hill short hike, 5.9km, around 2 hours of moving time, 1 hour given to breaks and possible café stop).
- 1333 Get the 1333 train from Box Hill and Westhumble back to London Waterloo.
- 1425 Arrive at London Waterloo
** If attendees are interested, we can all get a drink/bite to eat afterwards in London. This is done separately to the society and members are at their own risk.
Cost and Payment
This event is FREE to attend BUT attendee’s will be responsible to purchase their own train ticket. The cost as it stands is £13.80 for a standard return fare (£9 with a railcard). We recommend you find and book these tickets via National Rail Enquiries.
Event details?/ What to bring:
- Wear good footwear and socks. Sneakers/trainers recommended (hiking boots not essential but desirable).
- Bring enough water?(1-2L should be plenty).
- Bring food if you’d like (we’ll stop for a snack break on the walk).
- Bring a rain jacket / umbrella.
Number of attendees:
There will be room for around 30 participants. Sign-up will be via google forms and it will be on a first come first served basis. If you sign up and then realise you cannot attend please let me know (+447507341842) so I can make your space available for other people. Thanks
Registration form link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedX4lnq3J36XaxBeHutmkkX2zPHMPPV9pztYDYRPKAWe6btw/viewform?usp=sf_link
Pub social Monday 3rd October- 03/10/2022:
Nex week on Monday 3rd October we will be holding a pub social @1800 at the Three Tuns LSE bar. Come for a chat, a drink and to socialise with your peers. Feel free to bring a friend! I look forward to meeting many of you there.
Sub-Committee of hike leaders (Applications will close on the 31/10/2022):
Fill out the google forms application link below if you are interested in becoming a hike leader.
This is a great opportunity for people to get involved in the planning and leading of hikes. You will develop upon your own skills as well as assisting others! We welcome all members to apply, postgraduates or undergraduates. We utilised hike leaders to great effect last year with some going on to helping plan big expeditions. The amount of time you dedicate is up to you, but the minimum we expect is just your assistance in leading a walk once or twice a term.
Any questions, let me know.
Role: Expedition leaders will form a sub-committee and your main role will be to guide walks with roughly ten people per expedition leader. We can provide help with route planning if you like but your input and suggestions will really help us out. We will largely organise the paperwork to be sent to the Student's Union for the approval of hikes. You will also help to gather feedback from society members on what things work/ don't work on hikes etc.
Requirements: You must be a member of the LSESU Outdoors Society. Good navigation skills (phone gps and basic land navigation using maps) and hiking experience is key in addition to team work, time management and leadership. Any first aid experience is also great.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to become a hike leader you must be a paid member of the society.
Application form link:
All four of our core committee positions will be up for election (President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary).
Nominations close at 23:59 on Sunday 2nd October.
The polls open at 00:00 on Thursday 6th October.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to stand for election you must be a paid member of the society.
For more information please see the LSESU website: https://www.lsesu.com/communities/hub/elections/
I hope this newsletter helps; any more questions feel free to put them in the group chat. I look forward to meeting you all over the coming weeks and months.
Best, Guido Rowe ??