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.
Meets and Tours in the UK in 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 10 – 12: Patterdale, Lake District
20 places at the George Starkey Hut. Ideal for Helvellyn range and eastern fells. £20 for 2 nights self-catering.
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.
March 10-12: Black Mountains, SE Wales
Circular 2-day backpacking route from Llangenny (Fri night) SO240179 to Llanthony (Sat night) in the Black Mountains. Around 12 miles each day with ascent/descent of 700-900m. Camping at small sites with nearby pub each night. Map: OS Landranger 161.
April 1 – 8: Corpach, near Fort William, West Highlands
A week staying in bunkhouse accommodation at Corpach. 14 places. Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg, the Aonachs and the Mamores are all within easy reach. In winter conditions, which are likely at this time of year, routes such as the CMD Arete and Ring of Steall are major mountaineering expeditions. Beautiful Glen Nevis provides a contrast to the high tops. Members attending this meet must be used to using ice axe and crampons and be able to navigate in poor visibility.
April 22 – 28: Pembrokeshire Coast
A one-week walking tour along part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.The trip is designed to be done entirely using public transport, though participants may of course drive if they wish.
It starts at Fishguard, with good rail connections to all the main hubs in England and Wales. We take the bus north to Newport and walk back; staying a second night in Fishguard. The next three days are then walking linearly to St Davids, where we will spend two nights. Accommodation is in hostels except at St Davids, where it will be a B&B in the town. It all needs to be booked early as there isn’t much of it. From St Davids there are good bus links to both Haverfordwest and Fishguard for connection to the rail network, or to one’s car, and thence home.
May 12 – 15: Glencoe, West Highlands
10 places at Blackrock Cottage beneath the Blackmount, close to Glencoe. £30 for 3 nights self-catering. Classic routes on the Glencoe hills are nearby, including Buchaille Etive Mor, Bidean Nam Bian, the Aonach Egach and the Ballachulish horeshoe. The Etive hills, including Ben Starav are also within easy reach. To the east lies the emptiness of Rannoch moor. Members going on the hills must be able to navigate in poor visibility.
May 19 – 21: Helwith Bridge, Yorkshire Dales
Weekend at self-catering YSS bunkhouse. 12 places booked, but can be increased. Possible excursions include the Yorkshire Three Peaks and exploring Calf Holes and Browgill Cave.
June 2 – 4: Coniston Fells, Lake District.
Based at the Tranearth hut near Torver. Dow Crag and the Old Man of Coniston are close by. £20 for 2 nights, with a £10 deposit payable to the organiser.
June 10 – 18: 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. £96 for 8 nights.
July 7 – 9: Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia
Twelve places in self-catering bunkhouse at Caseg Fraith (Gwern Gof Isaf). Possiblities include the six Carneddau 3000’ summits and the Snowdon Horseshoe.
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 18 January 2017]