This programme provides an opportunity for AAC(UK) members and friends to learn about, and exchange, experiences in Austria and mountains worldwide in an informal atmosphere. Please join in.  These meetings are held in two regular venues.

Regular Venues:

READING:  19.45 for 20.00 at The Conference Room, RISC, 35 – 39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS.  10 minutes walk from Reading station, parking at rear of building.  Admission:  Free for members with a current membership card; non-members and guests £3. Come and join other AAC(UK) members and friends from 18.30 in the Global Café downstairs. Food is available until 21.00 and the bar until 23.00.

LONDON SW1: 19.30 at The Civil Service Club (CSC), 13 – 15 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HJ (nearest tube station Embankment or Charing Cross).  Organised in collaboration with the Association of British Members of the Swiss Alpine Club (ABMSAC).  Admission: Free for members with a current membership card; non-members and guests £3. Food available in a restaurant or in the bar until 19.00. Bar open until 23.00.


2017 Lectures

Wednesday 27 September: First Ascents in East Greenland    –    Mike Garrett

In 1986 and again in 1989 a group of AAC(UK) members visited Milne Island, East Greenland, and made a number of first ascents.  Mike will talk about the 1989 expedition to this remote area, and the logistics associated with this, together with images of mountains, icecaps, icebergs, flora, and fauna.   –   RISC Reading

Tuesday 3 October: Snowcaps on the equator    –    Peter Payne

Africa’s three glaciated mountain areas and the world’s second biggest river and second largest tropical rainforest all lie within a few degrees of latitude of the equator.  An account of climbs on Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya and the Mountains of the Moon from the 1990’s, before ‘climate change’, and of a journey ‘east along the equator’ up the Congo River, with some current updates.   –   CSC London

Monday 6 November: TransAlp Ski III – 2017    –    David Hamilton

David will talk about the third leg of his project to make a winter ski crossing of the Alps from the Mediterranean to Vienna. His route crossed the Engadin, Silvretta, Ötztal, Stubai, Zillertal, Hohe and Niedere Tauern ranges:  746km with 39,800m of ascent over 49 days with less than average snow cover.   –  CSC London

Wednesday 22 November:  Makalu Base Camp 2016    –    Noel Withers

A pictorial account of a successful trek in Nepal to the south base camp of the world’s 5th highest mountain sitting close to Everest and its neighbours, and catching the tail end of the monsoon along with leeches galore!  –   RISC Reading

Wednesday 29 November: Ghosts of the Tien Shan    –    John Hardwick

John participated for two weeks of a 6 week Biospheres expedition to the Ala Too range in the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan. The expedition was to search for traces of the enigmatic snow leopard such as scat of the snow leopard and its prey, interviews with local herdsmen and by setting up camera traps.  –  RISC Reading

Monday 4 December:  Still Unexplored Vishnugarh Darh     –    Susan Jensen

The Vishnu’s Fortress is a ridge of mostly un-climbed peaks under 6000m lining the south of the Panpatia Glacier in Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India, a reasonably accessible part of the Himalaya. Susan will give an account of potential climbing objectives from an expedition cut short by the illness of her companion.  –   CSC London

Eagle Ski Club Lectures

AAC(UK) members are also invited to lectures organised by the Eagle Ski Club in Staveley, near Kendal, Cumbria. Please book well in advance (see Members Only Area).  Cost is £10 including meal, payable on the door.  The September lecture will be held at Hawkshead Brewery (next door to Wilf’s) and subsequent lectures at Wilf’s.

The evening starts at 18.15 with a Bring & Buy, a chance to sell the ski mountaineering or mountaineering gear you no longer use:  no need to pre-book stalls, just set-up at 18.00.   A main course meal is served at 19.00 in the famous Wilf’s café, followed by the lecture at 20.00.

Wednesday 6 September: Skiing in the Land of the Ice Bear    –    Phil Wickens

Phil will be talking and showing fabulous photos of his ski touring adventures in Svalbard and Greenland.

Wednesday 4 October:  At the crossroads – Tours in Armenia and Georgia    –    Mike Spencer

Mike will be showing his photos from two tours in these little visited areas. Sandwiched between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, the rolling hills of the Armenian Highlands have almost inexhaustible scope for ski touring. The mountains of the High Caucasus in Georgia are spectacular and have more challenging terrain.

Wednesday 1 November: Austria TransAlp part 3     –     David Hamilton

This is the third leg of a multi-year project to travel from the Mediterranean to Vienna by ski.  This year we’ll be hearing about the third leg, of 49 days, from the Engadine into Austria, with Steve Kentish.

Wednesday 29 November: The Great Divide Traverse    –    Steve Wright

This is an account of the unlikely but beautiful Great Divide Ski Traverse across the Canadian Rockies, first skied in 1967 and still a major wilderness adventure.


[Updated 09 August 2017]