Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club

HMC – Crux Magazine

June 22nd, 2015 by


Dear HMC members


Jacqui Deakin has kindly offered to edit the next edition of CRUX magazine, the HMC’s dedicated publication, written by members for members. Jacqui is would like to request any contributions to the next edition in the form of articles, trip reports, photos, gear reviews and anything that explores what we love about the outdoors and mountains.

Click here to go to the CRUX website page for previous editions

Whether its climbing, hiking, mountaineering, biking, walking skiing, ice climbing or just good ol’ walking, you are welcome to submit your articles for the reading enjoying of your fellow club members.  Crux will be distributed beyond the club readership in order to entice new prospective members into the club by showing the amazing adventures we have. 

So if you’ve had a particularly interesting experience that you think other members would be interested in, why not write about it?

The deadline for articles is Monday 20 July.  Please try to keep your articles to around 700 words. Photos are welcome to be sent (JPEG files please) to enhance your articles.

All information to be sent to crux@thehmc.co.uk by the deadline date to make the next edition.

Request from a Trainee Mountain Instructor  

As Secretary of the Club, I sometimes receive some interesting emails from third parties most of which is usually junk. I have recently received the below email from a trainee mountain instructor called James who is looking to gain his MIA in the next six months and would like to use the time before his assessment to get in as much experience as possible. His request is below. If anyone in the club is intersted in taking up this offer, just drop me a line and I’ll put you in touch with James directly.

Dear Stephen,

I have located your email on the Hertfordshire Mountaineering website- I hope you don’t mind me contacting you directly.

I have a strange request, which I hope Hertfordshire Mountaineering will be able to help with.

I am an MIA (Mountaineering Instructor Award) trainee based in Bedford and am preparing to undertake the assessment for the award in the next 6 months. In preparation for the assessment, I am looking to diversify my client base and work with mountaineers from a wider variety of backgrounds.

Specifically, I am looking to offer multi-pitch climbing and scrambling instruction, coaching and/or guiding to a wide range of people and for a range of aims and objectives. Relevant people would be those new to multi-pitch or have not climbed for some time, those looking to progress their lead climbing outdoors, and those looking to get into the mountains for the first time. Of course, I would not be looking to charge for this, and I am willing to assist with transport to and from Snowdonia and/or Lake District for weekends, for a nominal contribution to fuel costs.

I am hoping to offer this during the weekends of July, August and September, and can provide any equipment as required, other than climbing shoes. Ideally, I would be looking to work with two people at a time.

Do you know of anyone within the club who would be appropriate, and appreciate some free mountaineering tuition? If so, I would love to hear from them by email or phone

Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.


All the best for now


HMC Secretary