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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.

Lectures are normally held in two regular venues from September to March. This Autumn the meetings are resuming as hybrid meetings based at the regular venues in London and Reading. Members are invited to attend the lectures in person or to attend on Zoom..  For the moment for each lecture, members are asked to book in advance, to either attend the lecture in person or for a Zoom link.

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Wednesday 29 September: Austria to France on Foot, part 1 – Dan Unwin –  RISC Reading and on Zoom (if possible)

In 1994 Dan set off from Spittal in Western Carinthia, North into the Ankogel Gruppe, then west over the Goldberg Gruppe to Heiligenblut, past the Groβglockner; along the Höhenweg from St Pöltner Hütte to the Groβvenediger, into South Tirol and the Ahrntal; across Western Zillertal to the Brenner Pass, on to Stubai and Zuckerhütl, to Sölden and up over the Ötztaler Alpen, finally crossing into Switzerland near Nauders.


Tuesday 5 October: The Seven Volcanic Summits – David Hamilton – CSC London and on Zoom (if possible)

Climbing the highest peak of volcanic origin on each of the seven continents is a unique travel and cultural adventure. Only about 20 people have completed this little-known mountaineering challenge. This talk features ascents of: Ojos del Salado (6893m) in Chile, Kilimanjaro (5895m) in Tanzania, Damavand (5671m) in Iran, Elbrus (5642m) in Russia, Pico de Orizaba (5610m) in Mexico, Giluwe (4368m) in Papua New Guinea, and Mount Sidley (4285m) in Antarctica.


Wednesday 27 October:  On Mt.Kenya 45 years apart  – Jacky Rix Brown and Jackie Coe – RISC Reading and on Zoom (if possible)

AAC(UK) friends Jackie Coe and Jacky Brown have enjoyed many mountains together, but although both have ascended Pt.Lenana (Mt.Kenya’s highest peak which doesn’t require technical rock-climbing), they did so 45 years apart, Jacky Brown (then Rix) in 1970 and Jackie Coe in 2016.. Comparing their climbs identified significant changes in the nature of the mountain for various reasons which they will discuss.


Tuesday 2 November: Climbing and mountaineering in the Écrins NP – Eric Pouget – CSC London and on Zoom (if possible)

With the second highest mountain range in France, the Massif des Écrins, at its core, the Écrins National Park in the Dauphiné Alps offers 10 pitch granite slabs, ridges, snowy peaks and glaciers in a sunny setting, where the likes of Coolidge and Whymper once climbed.  Eric will share his experience of hiking and climbing in this beautiful part of SE France.


Wednesday 1 December:  Steep Slopes to Senior Skiing – John Hardwick – RISC Reading and on Zoom (if possible)

Decaying fitness with advancing years means the desire for the Mountains of Youth is a distant memory.  However, the AAC(UK) Senior ski tours are a great replacement.  John reviews his 40 years skiing contrasting steep slopes, long days, heavy sacks and glacier camping with day tours from gemütliche Gasthöfe.


Tuesday 7 December: The highs and lows of climbing the 7 summits – Jo Bradshaw – CSC London and on Zoom (if possible)

With ‘just’ Puncak Jaya, 4884m in Papua on the Indonesian island of New Guinea, to climb, Jo has nearly completed the ‘Messner list’ of the highest peak on each of the seven continents. Jo will walk us through the unique differences between the 7 mountains, which pose their own particular demands, from perceived over-crowding, earthquakes, challenging locations and threats from climate change.


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 in nearby streets *. Admission: Free for members with a current membership card; non-members and guests £3. downstairs. NB The Global Café is NOT expected to reopen until 2022. Contact: Janet Britnell, Tel: 0118 9863 829 or aac.lectures.reading@aacuk.org.uk *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.  NB: please check in advance whether normal service has resumed.

Eagle Ski Club Lectures – near Kendal, Cumbria

AAC(UK) members are also invited to lectures organised by the Eagle Ski Club at Wilf’s café in Staveley, near Kendal, Cumbria. Please book well in advance through Ali Bramall on alibramall@gmail.com Cost is £10 including meal, payable on the door. 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.

Oread Mountaineering Club Winter Lectures – Derby

AAC(UK) members are invited to attend the Oread Winter Lectures held on the first Tuesday of the month from October to March at 20.00 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.

See Oread Mountaineering Club website for details

Rucksack Club Lectures – Stockport

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.

[Updated 28 September 2021]

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