Meets and Tours – in the UK

This programme of meets and tours in the UK provides an opportunity for members to take part in a wide variety of events.

If you are not yet a member but would like to take part in any of these events, you must first join the AAC(UK). Only then will you have access to the booking information in the password-protected Members’ Area of this website.


April 2 – 9: Torridon, Scotland

A week staying in chalets at Kinlochewe. Glen Torridon stretches for 11 miles from Kinlochewe to the coastline along Loch Gairloch and Loch Torridon. Four classic mountains, Benn Eighe, Liathach, Beinn Alligin and Beinn Dearg, are grouped in the southern half where the sculptured sandstone and the broken rims of quartzite along the higher crests form a distinctive skyline. Much of Torridon is owned by the National Trust for Scotland and includes the Bienn Eighe Reserve. There are excellent scrambling possibilties on many of the tops including the traverse of the ridges of Liatach and Beinn Eighe. In winter conditions, which are likely at this time of year, both traverses are major mountaineering expeditions. Members attending this meet must be used to using ice axe and crampons and be able to navigate in poor visibility.

April 22 – 24: Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales

Staying in well-equipped barn at Hubberholme. A great walking area with potential walks along the Pennine Way, the Dales Way and possible ascents up Buckden Pike and other hills. The barn has four bedrooms with bunk beds, a drying room, showers, wash-rooms and toilets downstairs. On the first floor is a kitchen with fridge and cookers, plus a large dining and recreation room in traditional Dales style giving magnificent views of Langstrothdale.

May 6 – 10: Glenfeshie, Scotland

12 places at Milehouse Hut near Kincraig. Western and northern Cairngorm and Monadhliath hills nearby, as is delightful Glenfeshie. Self-catering.

June 4 – 12: Cuillin Ridge, Skye

A week of hard scrambling, rock-climbing and an opportunity to traverse the whole ridge in one day. Self-catering accommodation in Glenbrittle.

June 19 – 25: UK Mountain Odyssey

Bag the English 3000’s and the Scottish 4,000’s before returning south over the national 3 peaks in 24 hours and finally bagging the Welsh 3,000’s. All in just one 7-day odyssey.

September 4 – 14: Mourne and Donegal Mountains, North of Ireland

A three-venue walking tour of highlights in the North of Ireland. The start is in County Down “where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea” staying at Mourne Lodge. This gives a chance to climb the granite peaks of Slieve Donard , the highest at 850 metres and Slieve Commedagh, the second highest at 767m; also to visit the Mourne wall, a 250 metre long dry stone wall. The second base is County Antrim’s Whitepark Bay youth hostel, in a beautiful beach setting with the opportunity of visiting Rathlin Isaland and the Giant’s Causeway. The Sperrins are nearby: five summits over rather boggy moorland! The final venue is Errigal Youth Hostel in Donegal, just under the mountain its named after, the highest in the area at 751m; other hills with intriguing names such as Dooiish and Muckish can be climbed as well. Other possibilies are an exploration of the Donegal coast or a visit to Aran Island.

September 19–23: Training in alpine movement, Snowdonia

Do you want to learn or refresh skills in movement on rock as preparation for the Alps? This training event, provided by AAC (UK), will include: 1) movement on rock; 2) belaying techniques; 3) moving roped up together. Fully qualified instructors will provide instruction in these skills and techniques at a cost of £96 per person (subsidised by the Club) for the 5-day course.

Course participants will need to pay for their own accommodation and transport. The Club will be providing details of suitable places to stay in due course, enabling participants to be located together.

October 7 – 9: AGM Weekend, Castleton, Derbyshire

Accommodation reserved at the Hollowford Centre, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WB. Excellent base for attending the 2016 AGM and participating in outdoor and training activities. Planned training includes first aid, GPS navigation, rock climbing and mountain biking. There is also a programme of walks taking in both the White and Dark Peak District. The AGM will be preceded by a Special General Meeting, on Saturday afternoon, and is followed by the annual dinner.

November 25 – 27: Coniston, Lake District

Weekend staying at Low House Climbing Hut or Oaklands Guest House in Coniston village. Surrounding hills include Coniston Old Man, Swirl How, Wetherlam and Dow Crag. Dow Crag offers scrambling routes. Saturday evening meal in a local pub or restaurant. See photos 1 2 3

December 9 – 11: Buxton, Derbyshire

Northern Christmas Dinner at the Alison Park Hotel, Buxton on Saturday evening.  Accommodation £45 per night needs to be booked on an individual basis. Saturday dinner (£17) booked through the organiser.  Walks on both the 10 and 11 December. Plus plenty to interest the non-walkers.

2017

January 20 – 22:  Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia

Weekend staying at the MAM Hut, Glan Dena, near Llyn Ogwen. Superb accommodation in prime location for Tryfan, Glyderau and Carneddau. Excellent for winter ascents if and when conditions bring snow. 15 places. £25 for two nights.

February/March (to be confirmed): Training for winter mountaineering, West Highlands

This training event, provided by AAC (UK), will deliver training in skills and techniques at 3 levels: 1) safe movement with ice axe and crampons; 2) movement over steeper ground using snow/ice anchors and dynamic belays; 3) Climbing with two axes. Fully qualified instructors will provide instruction. The cost (subsidised by the Club) will vary according to level.

Course participants will need to pay for their own accommodation and transport.

The AAC (UK) recognises that climbing, hill and country walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

Under the Club rules, the Club, its officers, committee members and persons acting on behalf of the Club cannot be held liable for any loss or injury occurring to any participant while taking part in its activities.

[Updated 26 April 2016]

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