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.


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.

Accommodation will be provided in the Climbers’ Club Hut in Llanberis Pass (Ynys Ettws). and will enable participants to br located together. The cost will be paid by the AAC (UK).  There are 12 places available.

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 13 – 17, Monday – Friday: 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.

The training event will be based at Glencoe Youth Hostel. Having everyone located in the same place has significant advantages. Course participants will need to book their own accommodation directly with the hostel at a cost of £77.50 for the nights of Sun 12 to Thur 16 Feb 2017 inc. Members are also responsible for their own transport.

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 22 August 2016]

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