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.

2018 Lectures

Monday 8 January:  Travels in the Mountains of Northern Nigeria    –    Stuart Beare

Stuart Beare will speak about his travels in the Northern Cameroons Trust Territory when he was a Plebiscite Supervisory Officer in 1960-61. Following the plebiscite, the Trust Territory became a province of the Northern Region of Nigeria.   –   CSC London

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: The Cross – Swiss Walk    –    Ken Baldry

Ken Baldry will talk about his journey from Austria to France entirely on foot.  –   CSC London

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

–   CSC London

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

2018 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.

Dates for 2018 lectures will be added when available

[Updated 05 December]


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