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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.


Lectures are held from September to March but in 2021 they will be held as virtual meetings at least until the end of March 2021.  Log in to see more details on how to sign up for virtual lectures.


Wednesday 27 January: RISC Reading – Over the Edge – Tom Livingstone

Tom will share his stories of climbing mountains and cliffs from around the world, from Alaska, Canada, Patagonia and the Greater Ranges, in a time before Covid-19, when travel was possible! Tom’s motivation helped him make alpine and rock first ascents, and luckily some excellent photographers joined him to capture their experiences.


Tuesday 2 February: CSC London – Wadi Rum and Petra, Jordan – Don Hodge and Judy Renshaw

Don and Judy recall a 2013 trek in Jordan with KE, from Wadi Rum and on to Petra. They then stayed in Petra exploring independently using maps and guidebooks. Later they visited the Dead Sea, and swam in the very salty water, and the Roman town of Jerash in Northern Jordan.


Wednesday 24 February: RISC Reading – Ski touring Arctic Norway, Lyngen Alps – David Radcliffe

Located at 69 degrees north with spectacular scenery, the Lyngen Alps have a genuine wilderness feel. They are becoming very popular for ski touring, for both expert and non-expert skiers. David joined ISM groups skiing there in Spring 2018 and 2019, ascending and descending several peaks in variable weather and snow conditions.


Tuesday 2 March: CSC London – Desert Island Climbs – Martin Whitaker

Martin re-visits some of his favourite climbs from a mountaineering and climbing career that spans 50 years and 11,000 different routes. The plan is to keep the selection to 8, but this may get stretched, as choosing only 8 from 11,000 is going to be tough. Varied venues, including Africa, Europe, USA and even the UK.


Wednesday 24 March: RISC Reading – Death Valley and Mt Whitney, California – Tom Meredith

Tom will recount his adventures hiking in Death Valley, at its lowest point 282ft (86m) below sea level, the lowest and hottest place in North America, and climbing Mount Whitney which rises to 14,505ft (4421m) above sea level, the highest mountain in North America outside Alaska.


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 20 January 2021]

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