Quarry Launch Party: 2nd Attempt!

We are now REALLY ready to host the launch party for climbing the Quarry in Muyenga 🙂

The Mountain Club Of Uganda has spent many hours cleaning the rock and setting up climbing routes for all members to enjoy 🙂
All the routes have been set up for top-rope climbing, and routes are of various levels of difficulty, to cater for all levels of ability.

Non-MCU members and children are more than welcome to join the Quarry launch event.

There will be the opportunity to climb at the launch event, whether you are an experienced climber or have never climbed before. We’ll have special climbing games for the kids or still behaving like one. There’ll also be a competition to name the routes.
Wear comfortable/sports clothes for the climbing and if you have bring a cycling or kayaking helmet in case any pebbles or small rocks come down the wall.

If climbing is not your thing, there’ll be plenty of other outdoor games from Viking Chess, Slackline to Badminton to keep you occupied. Feel free to bring your own lane games along.

We’ll also be providing a paid BBQ and a cash bar for when you need to refuel. If you have bring a picnic rug.

We’ll be heading over to Cafe Roma once it gets dark, so come and join us for a few drinks there.

Disclaimer: If it rains, bad luck and we’ll have to cancel the event again. Climbing is an outdoor sport and is not safe on wet and slippy rock.

MCU January Meeting

Come join us for our monthly meeting at 7.30 at Athena Club in Kololo. New and old members welcome, we discuss past trips from the previous months trips and plan upcoming trips. It is also a great way to meet other people in the Club and share a few beers so hope to see you there!

Mpanga Forest Halloween Camping

UPCOMING TRIP FOR ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE (Saturday 29th October to Sunday 30th October)!!… with an eerie twist……

An affordable weekend of camping, options to walk/run through a serene forest combined with some Halloween festivities?…. Sounds fun? Then read on……

We are planning a MCU trip for a night in the beautiful Mpanga Forest, with a fancy dress Halloween BBQ planned under the spooky forest canopy on the Saturday night…..

Mpanga Forest Reserve is about 1 hour west of Kampala, near Mpigi town, along the Masaka Road. Mpanga is recorded to have over 500 tree species and shrubs, with some trees estimated to be 100-years old. There are over 200 bird species recorded in this reserve. The common birds to watch include, hornbill, spotted greenbul, black and white casqued, African pied hornbills, Uganda woodland warbler, great blue turaco and the ross turaco. Mammals found in Mpanga include; bushbuck, red-tailed monkey and flying squirrels. Several butterfly species can also be observed throughout the reserve.

Walking and running trails of various lengths can be enjoyed throughout the forest, and on the Saturday night, a fancy dress Halloween BBQ party will be organised in the spooky forest…. (don’t forget your fancy dress costume!)

The trip will run from Saturday 29th October to Sunday 30th October, which gives ample time to explore the tranquil forest and surrounds.

Accommodation and costs:

We will stay at the basic, but serene, Mpanga Eco-Tourism Centre camp. As part of the MCU, we have been fortunate to be able to negotiate some great rates, and for a total of just UGX50k per person, you will enjoy:

  • Entrance fee to the forest
  • Camping (bring your own tent)
  • Forest walk (short, or long- as you wish)
  • Saturday or Sunday lunch (local meal)
  • Entry to Halloween BBQ party (please bring own meat/ vegetables to throw on the BBQ).
  • Sunday breakfast.

There are also options to upgrade to a dorm bed, or a twin banda (for UGX10-20k per person, depending on accommodation choice)

Cold showers are available, and there are eco-friendly toilets. And if you ask nicely, they will heat a bucket of water for you to enjoy a warm shower under the forest canopy.

Beers and sodas are available for purchase at the camp, although there are no refrigeration facilities, so if you are partial to a cold drink, a cool box/ esky might be a good idea J

Points to Note:

  • If you would like to bike, the camp does not have bikes for rent, so please bring your own.
  • Don’t forget your fancy dress costume for the Halloween BBQ Party!!!
  • And please also remember bug spray/ insect repellent and a torch J

Directions: The camp can be found on google maps, and is signposted off the main Masaka road on the right after Mpigi, when heading from Kampala.

Contact: Any questions, please contact Sally Holbrook at madsally@hotmail.com or on 0752 184057.

Please follow the link to book (please only complete if you are 100% sure you will be attending): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeV2zQy_au348Xm9Rw-2YiOWmGv7p6UW-8XT73BSmJJhcr23w/viewform

Hope to see you there!

Superholympics

Mountain Club of Uganda presents #superholympics with the support of Kayak the Nile (U) Ltd.

Superhole Olympics is a day filled with fun and crazy events in kayaks on and around Superhole Wave on the Nile River. You don’t need to be a pro kayaker to compete, this is an event for intermediate and advanced paddlers alike. No pressure just good fun. Also great for spectators with a floating bar!

Banff Mountain Film Festival

BANFF UGANDA IS BACK! Preparations are underway to bring to you the Fourth Annual Banff Mountain Film Festival in Uganda.

Save the 21st and 28th of September 2016 for the Festival dates for a selection of this years most impressive and inspiring mountain and outdoor films.

Screenings will take place at Century Cinemax Uganda, Acacia Mall.

Banff Mountain Film Festival

BANFF UGANDA IS BACK! Preparations are underway to bring to you the Fourth Annual Banff Mountain Film Festival in Uganda.

Save the 21st and 28th of September 2016 for the Festival dates for a selection of this years most impressive and inspiring mountain and outdoor films.

Screenings will take place at Century Cinemax Uganda, Acacia Mall.