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 February 22: Alpine Flowers and Mountains of Norway and Northern Britain: Alan Schofield [AAC(UK)]
Over many years Alan visited the mountains of northern Britain and southern Norway photographing the alpine plants and mountain scenery, including ascents of several significant Norwegian summits – RISC Reading
Tuesday March 7: Trekking in Peru plus a few extras: Judy Renshaw (TCC)
In October 2016 Judy joined a trek on a longer and more challenging alternative to the ‘classic’ Inca trail, in a more remote area in the Apurimac and Cusco regions of the Peruvian Andes. The trail crossed deep river valleys and high passes, up to 4660m, mainly through cloud forest and some semi-tropical zones, via the ancient Inca fortress of Choqequirao and finishing at Machu Picchu. After the trek, Judy joined her husband Don to visit Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Finally, they visited relatives in Asunción and in a village in the Chaco area of Paraguay – CSC London
Wednesday March 22: Iceland: John Hardwick [AAC(UK])
John visited Iceland in 1967 on a school’s expedition where he participated in mapping the SE edge of the Langjokull glacier. He returned 25 years later to re-do part of the survey together with John Wright (Polar Medal) who had surveyed the area during a Cambridge University expedition in 1934. Last year (2016) he returned once more, but this time to climb the unpronounceable Eyjafjallajokull, whose eruption in 2010 caused havoc with European aviation, and Hrutsfjallstindar, at 1857m lower but deemed more challenging than Iceland’s highest Hvannadalshnukur – RISC Reading
[Updated 21 February 2017]