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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. If you would like to join in we would love to see you there.  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. *From now on there are no free parking spaces at the rear of RISC. Please see the photo of the notice about the new arrangements. NB payment is by mobile phone only. Parking in nearby streets is free after 8pm.  For street parking before 8pm payment at the parking meters by cash, card or mobile phone is possible. Also, beware the new Southbound bus lane in London Street!

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.


Wednesday 28 November – RISC Reading

Ladakh and Zanskar – Noel Withers
An account of a 24 day trek in a remote part of this area of far northwest India, involving crossing a number of high passes and some long days in spectacular surroundings.


Monday 3 December – CSC London   

A Remote Trek in Uttarkhand, India – Chris Loy and Andy Fisher
Chris and Andy will talk about their trek in May 2018 to the Kuari Pass. They will also cover some of the geographical and historical background, including Shipton and Tilman’s journey along this route in 1936 prior to their ascent of Nanda Devi.



Tuesday 8 January – CSC London

Nature Protection in the Alpenverein – Tony Cooper
Liliana Dagostin, head of Land Planning and Nature Protection at the ÖAV, had planned to give this presentation on their work at the AAC(UK) 2018 AGM. It covers issues such as the huge pressure for development in the High Alps, making mountaineering greener, and coordinating the sections’ volunteer Nature Protection Officers.


Wednesday 23 January – RISC Reading

Climbing all the Alpine 4000 metre PeaksDavid Wynne-Jones
Dave will describe some of the highlights in his climbing of the 52 independent 4000m mountains of the Alps, sharing photos and stories, together with an outline of what he learned about the Alps in the process of writing the book: 4000m – Climbing the Highest Mountains in the Alps.


Tuesday 5 February – CSC London

A Lake called Wanda and the John Muir Trail – Alan Schofield
Alan walked this long-distance footpath along the backbone of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California in 1992. 35mm slides have been scanned and include the flora and fauna of the region as well as ascents of Half Dome and Mt Whitney.


Wednesday 13 February  – RISC Reading

Guide Book Reconnoitring in the Venediger – Dan Unwin
In 1995 Dan was commissioned by Robin Collomb of West Col to look into the possibility of producing a guide book to the Venediger region of Austria to serve as a companion volume to Eric Robert’s guide to the Glockner region. Dan spent several summers climbing every mountain in the area.                              


Tuesday 5 March – CSC London

Details to follow,


Wednesday 13 March – RISC Reading

Chilled out in Patagonia – Mike Hope
As an Alpinist and adventurer Mike had been captivated for many years with the land of Patagonia. In 2013, with three friends he realised an opportunity to climb, kayak and travel in that area including the fabled ‘Land of Fire’ and in the footsteps of Fitzroy, Darwin, Magellan and Drake.


Eagle Ski Club Lectures

AAC(UK) members are also invited to lectures organised by the Eagle Ski Club at Wilf’s café in Staveley, near Kendal, Cumbria.

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, followed by the lecture at 20.00.

Wednesday 14 November – Scandinavian double billing

    • Solo winter journey, the length of Norway by skis – Tania Noakes
    • Northern Sweden – Iona Pawson


Wednesday 5 December – Ski touring in North Africa – Brian Horn

Oread Mountaineering Club

Members are also invited to winter lectures organised by the Oread Mountaineering Club at the Royal Oak, Ockbrook, Derby DE72 3SE.  Admission £3 for OMC members/ £5 for non-OMC members.  Please arrive a few minutes early to buy a pint and secure a seat. 

The Lectures for 2018 have now all taken place.  Dates for 2019 Lectures will be available soon.

Rucksack Club

AAC(UK) Members are invited to winter lectures organised by the Rucksack Club at the Heaton Moor Sports Club SK4 2NF.  7.30 pm start, bar and raffle.  Rucksack Club Members £4, non-members £8: tickets on the door.

Tuesday 5th February 2019 – Everest, the first ascent; the untold story of Griffith Pugh, the man who made it possible – Harriet Tuckey.

This lecture is based on the book of the same title by Harriet Tuckey, Griffith Pugh’s daughter. She shows how, using science and technology to prepare and equip the team, Pugh played a pivitol role in ensuring the success of the 1953 Everest expedition.  Harriet provides a fascinating insight into this enigmatic man whose life’s work has had an effect on all who enjoy the mountain environment, whether in the UK or the greater ranges.

[Updated 12 November 2018]

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