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.
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 the 2016/17 winter season only). 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 AAC(UK), Rucksack Club (RC) and Fell & Rock (FRCC), the Association of British Members of the Swiss Alpine Club (ABMSAC), and Tuesday Climbing Club (TCC). AAC(UK) members and guests welcome. Admission free; Food available in a restaurant or in the bar until 19.00. Bar open until 23.00.
Wednesday September 28 – A dust up with Aconcagua: Noel Withers [AAC(UK) and CC]
An audio visual of the trials and tribulations of an expedition to Argentina to climb ‘the windy mountain’ over Christmas and New Year 2015/16 in what one local described as ‘the worst summer for 20 years’ – RISC Reading
Tuesday October 4 – Muzkol Expedition – Tajikistan 2015: George Cave [AAC(UK)]
In 1940, a Soviet military officer visited the Ak Baikal valley in the Muzkol range, gazed up at five peaks on the ridgeline and declared “the passage of this route would have done credit to any master mountaineer”. So in 2015 a team of five set out to try and prove themselves as master mountaineers. In a two and half week trip they successfully climbed four new routes but a traverse of the ridge line itself eluded them since it proved to be a chossy, fractured mess more suited to master levitators than climbers. The expedition received a grant from the AAC(UK) Expedition Fund – CSC London
Wednesday October 12 – Ascent of the North Face of the Aiguille Blanche de Peuterey: Simon Kemper [AAC(UK)]
Simon has subtitled this talk ‘How to spend 20 years to climb one mountain, and then spend less than a minute on its summit’. He will describe this most difficult and serious of the 4000m mountains, its situation on the Peuterey ridge, and the challenges he and Wayne Horsfall faced during their many attempts to reach the summit, ending with their final successful attempt via the glacier clad North face – RISC Reading
Monday November 7 – 150 years of the History of Skiing: Mike Parsons (ABMSAC)
Mike has 50 years’ experience of mountain travel including ski, alpine, Nordic and dogs – CSC London
Wednesday November 23 – Exploration and climbs in the Tamasa Nala: Derek Buckle [AC and AAC(UK)]
In August-September 2015 Derek and 4 other AC/AAC(UK) members travelled from Leh to Padum in the Zanskar region of India where they extensively explored the Korlomshe Tokpo valley, an offshoot of the Temasa Nala valley. Members of the team successfully climbed two hitherto virgin 5000m peaks and attempted one other. This talk will be an illustrative account of the expedition that was financially supported by the MEF, AC and AAC(UK) – RISC Reading
Wednesday November 30 – Climbing in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru 2016: Roger Phillips [AAC(UK) and CC]
Roger will give an account of his trip with Simon Laker in June and early July 2016 to a beautiful mountain area in Peru. They climbed on three mountains: Ischinca, 5530m; Tocllaraju ,6032m and Chopicalqui, 6354m, and met mixed weather and success in the southern mid-winter! – RISC Reading
Monday December 5 – Mount Logan, Yukon, Canada: Cathy O’Dowd [AAC(UK)]
Cathy will be telling the story of the May 2016 AAC(UK)/Eagle Ski Club expedition to Mount Logan. The team did a successful ski ascent via the Kings Trench. At 5959m Logan is the highest peak in Canada and the second highest in North America. Situated on the Yukon/Alaska border, it is notorious for bad weather and sees relatively few ascents. See her article on the expedition on page 1 of the September newsletter – CSC London
[Updated 16 August 2016]