Insita/ Luwazi Rock Climbing

Want to get out of Kampala for the weekend?  Need to give real rock climbing a try?  The MCU is running a trip to Kalagi/Insita/Luwazi this Saturday and Sunday. This rock is only 1 hour outside of Kampala and offers routes for all levels of climbers. All gear and equipment can be rented from the MCU. Click here to see more details.  Contact Hugo Hotte to sign up.  hotte.hugo@gmail.com

Mt. Elgon Mountain Bike Race

It’s time to prove your skills at the yearly Mount Elgon Mountainbike Race 2016!!!

Main race is a 33km XC/Enduro style course – it’s a mass start and the first across the finish line wins. From Sipi we climb into Mt. Elgon National Park before descending singletrack through coffee planations and villages. There’s 1000m climbing and 2100m max elevation over two off road loops connected by a little tarmac. Course record 2hr 25min.

Half race: The half race misses the first loop up to the National Park and is easier with less climbing and a lower max elevation. Course record 1hr 21min.

Trained or not… There are a lot of activities for those who don’t want to participate in the race, such as troutfishing in very lush surroundings, climbing, hiking the waterfalls , coffee trips just to mention some…

This year there is an accommodation and food pack for $50 pp. It includes 2 nights camping at Noah’s Ark (across the road from Sipi River Lodge) with 2 breakfasts, one lunch at Sipi River Lodge and a BBQ on the Saturday night.

Check out the Facebook page for more details https://www.facebook.com/mountelgonbikerace/

Sipi and Chema Climbing

Fancy a change from Insita/Luwazi? A group of MCU climbers will leave on Thursday, November 24th in the evening to conquer Sipi’s climbing walls.  Climbing will be in two bolted locations on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Some time will be spent exploring a new wall as well as checking out some caves and waterfalls nearby.  Back in KLA late Sunday evening.  Cheap camping and local food possible.  Upscale options also available.  Contact matt.battani@gmail.com if you are interested!

MCU Kayak Weekend- Hairy Lemon Edition

The long awaited Hairy Lemon kayaking weekend is back!

This is definitely the social highlight of the MCU kayaking calendar with a big fancy dress party on Saturday night. Non-kayakers are more than welcome to join – judging from last time there were definitely more people just enjoying a chilled out weekend than kayaking.

For the kayakers the Hairy Lemon weekend will give you the opportunity to run some of the other rapids further down the river. Make use of this opportunity as many of these rapids will disappear once the dam is built. Beginners are more than welcome and the stellar Kayak the Nile team will be offering lessons for the total beginners to the more experienced kayakers. Take a look here for more details on the lessons and MCU discounts. The sign-up sheet will become available after the last month’s lesson took place – so please do not sign up yet.

Accommodation:

As the Hairy Lemon is an island, it is vital that you book accommodation! You might be turned away if you don’t book as they have to organise food and the non-camping options will most definitely sell out.

Transport:

As this weekend takes place at the Hairy Lemon, it will not be possible to use the shuttle option. So you’ll need to organise your own ride! Please use the Facebook group to offer or ask for a ride – as usual please make sure to chip in for petrol. It should be around 25k per person there and back in a full car. The road to the Hairy Lemon isn’t the best especially not during rainy season, so using a 4 wheel drive is advisable.

Theme: “Human Drawings in Leggins and Hats”
So get a plain T-Shirt with markers and body paint ready!!!
It’s your choice to create your own drawings or to wait till the evening and let everyone else have a go in creating a human drawing out of you.
Spice up your costume with colourful leggins, a hat or any other accessory you seem fit for your human artwork.

Please let laurabierer@gmail.com know if you have any questions.

Sailing on Lake Victoria:

 Sat afternoon Nov 5th – Sunday Nov 6th at Entebbe Sailing Club hosted by Pierre from MCU who is on the board at the club. There will be sailing at a reduced rate for people of all experience levels, possibly a BBQ Saturday evening and camping. This is a nice opportunity to try out sailing and enjoy Lake Victoria! More details to come soon …

Sunday Morning Ride

Wanna experiece the red dirt of Uganda on a mountainbike? You always wanted to do some mountainbiking, but you’re not sure how to start? Is your fitness not yet at the level it should be?

Then this is THE opportunity for you. Twice a month Red Dirt will organize a fun ride on Sunday morning. The rides will be at an easy pace, not too long (25-35km) and most important of all: great fun!

On October 30th we’ll start from Kabira Country Club at 9am. You can park your car there for free. Our aim is to be back before noon for a good cup of coffee. Make sure to bring water, food/snacks, suncream, a helmet and your bike and some money for coffee or drinks. If you don’t have a bike you can also hire one (comes with a helmet) for 65k, but let us know before the end of Friday.

Money? No money! This activity is free of charge!

PS: Kampala Group of Bikers (KGB) is doing short and longer rides every Sunday. The Red Dirt Sunday ride will be part of their usual riding scheme, but always focussed on beginners.

Whitewater Kayaking Weekend

Our next MCU kayaking weekend will be on October 22-23rd in Bujagali!

Once a month MCU heads to Jinja for discounted group lessons with the stellar team at Kayak the Nile. Paddlers of all levels – including beginners – are welcome. It’s always a fun weekend out of the big city! More info and sign up here: http://kayakthenile.com/mcu-weekend-booking-form/

Non-kayakers are more than welcome to join and enjoy a chilled out weekend wit MCU. There are plenty of non-kayaking options from swimming, stand-up-paddle-boarding on the Nile, going on community walks, horseback riding and many more. Email Laura Bierer (laurabierer@gmail.com) if you’d like to come but are not sure about other activities in Jinja.

Mountain Slayers Hike in Bundibugyo

The Mountain Slayers are organising a 23km hike to the Sempaya hot springs in Bundibugo. For more details or to sign up call +256 0791 922 660 or email mountainslayersuganda@gmail.com