Trips are advertised to members via email. Any member is able to run a club trip (see below) When you join up to LUMC you will be placed on an email list and notified of any trips so join up now! For more information about a particular activity you can visit the appropriate web page or contact the convener for the activity. The pool sessions are often a good time to get more information about a trip, and meet some of the other members going.
LUMC members are encouraged to organise and run their own trips, for more information see our how to run a trip page.
Do I have to be a member to go on club trips?
Club trips are for club members. If anyone could come on club trips, there would be no point joining, and so there would be no club or associated benefits such as gear for cheap hire, networking with other clubs, first aid training, insurance coverage etc. So the short answer is yes, you need to be a member. If you are not a member and want to go on a trip, let the trip leader know and they can organize a way to sign you up.
I don't have a car. Can I still go on trips?
Many people in the club do not have cars. This is not a problem. Most club trips leave from uni, and car-pooling is organized. Just let the trip leader know that you will require transport. See below for notes about petrol.
When you go on a trip with LUMC the cost is typically made up of gear hire, food and petrol. Some activities also include other expenses such as park entry fees, trail fees or camping fees.
If you don't have all the gear for a trip you can hire it at cheap rates. Food cost varies and may depend on whether we are eating out or cooking at a campsite. Talk to the trip leader about this.
Often the biggest cost for a trip is the petrol for the car to get there. To minimize costs we try to fill the cars and drive up in more economic cars. Remember to ask the driver how much you owe them for petrol when you arrive back at uni.
Petrol Money on trips
Car-sharing and petrol money guidelines
1. The driver works out how much petrol has been used on the trip and converts this into dollars.
2. The driver then multiplies this number by 1.5 to take into account car maintenance and annual costs (eg. insurance, registration, servicing etc)
3. The driver divides the total dollars by the number of people in the car. This is the amount of money each person should pay the driver (in effect the driver also pays himself).
Example: Three people (two passengers and the driver) share one car and the total petrol cost for the trip comes to $90.
$90 x 1.5 = $135. This is total amount owed the driver.
135 divided by 3 = $45. This is the amount that each person should pay the driver
FOR DRIVERS - Petrol money is important, even for short trips.
You may be surprised at how the kilometres add up when you take your car on many short trips (eg. to the climbing gym) and don't collect petrol money.
Ensure you are not putting yourself or passengers at undue risk.
Be responsible for the maintenance of your car. Check your tires, water and oil and engine coolant regularly.
FOR PASSENGERS - When you arrive back from a trip, ask the driver how much you should give them for petrol (and maintenance); Don't wait for them to ask you.
Asking for money is awkward, and some people will be uncomfortable doing it, especially for short trips.
Don't be a tight arse. Round up to the nearest dollar if change becomes a hassle. Make sure you have enough cash with you on a trip, it isn't fair for the driver to be out of pocket while they wait for you to pay.
If you travel somewhere in one car, and come home in another, plan to organize your petrol money when you arrive at the destination with the first driver.
Replace tired drivers.
Be considerate to your driver. It will get around quickly if you are not a desirable passenger, and you may find it hard to get a lift next time. This includes making sure someone in car stays awake, and not leaving any rubbish in someone elses car.
Club activities rely on members sharing their vehicles. Their generosity should not be taken for granted or abused.