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

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

2018 Lectures

Monday 8 January – Details to follow


Wednesday 24 January: Snowshoeing for All!    –    Pam Hamer

Pam will suggest how and where individuals can make their own paths away from the crowds and invites the audience to contribute their own favourite routes. Pam also notes the increasing use of snowshoes to take the walker, rather than the winter mountaineer, into the mountains on the lower slopes and along marked trails.   – RISC Reading


Tuesday 6 February – Details to follow


Wednesday 14 February:  An insight into Alpinism and its amazing landscapes  –  Mike Hope

Modern Alpinism has come a long way from its roots and is now a way of life for many climbers, male and female with fitness levels and dedication reaching Olympic standards.  Mike will share some of his experiences as an alpinist, in the Alps and mountain ranges worldwide. –  RISC Reading


Tuesday 6 March – Details to follow


Wednesday 14 March:  Eiger West Ridge  –  Peter Salmon                                           

Peter, a former professional jump jockey, will give an illustrated account of the transition from 40 or more years in the saddle to climbing round the Italian and Swiss Alps, including a 2017 ascent of the Eiger. – RISC Reading


2017 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 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 17 October 2017]