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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 offered from September to March but this autumn they will be offered as virtual meetings.  Log in to see more details on how to sign up for virtual lectures.

Tuesday 3 November: CSC London – Arctic Expeditions – David Johnson

A former army officer, David has led and taken part in Arctic expeditions over 30 years. In 1999 he and Glenn Morris became the first Britons to cross the Greenland ice-cap by Nansen’s original 1888 route. In 2001, in a 4-man party, he completed the first winter ski traverse of Spitsbergen and in 2006 took part in a joint Inuit-British expedition to reach the geomagnetic north pole by dog sledge.


Wednesday 11 November: RISC Reading – Three Peaks and 500 miles – Alasdair Robertson

In 2016, Alasdair tumbled down the Avon Gorge, breaking his back and shattering his adventurous ambitions. Last autumn he undertook a fundraising challenge to climb the national three peaks and to walk the entire distance between them. Here he talks about his injury, recovery, challenge, and the effect it all had on him as a budding mountaineer.


Wednesday 25 November: RISC Reading – A Tango round Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy, Patagonia – Ski Sharp

In 2010 having just completed the 8 day trek around the Torres del Paine circuit in Patagonia, a chance meeting with a French couple in the small town of El Chalten led to the crazy idea of traversing around Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy via the Southern icefield, a real “walk on the wild side”.


Tuesday 1 December: CSC London – Winter Ski traverse of the Pyrenees 2020 – Steve Kentish

On 15th January Steve set off on foot with David Hamilton to walk or ski from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic coast. On 17 March they reached the Chalets of Iraty just as France went into lockdown, aiming to be the first British continuous winter crossing of the Pyrenees, but Covid-19 prevented them reaching the Atlantic coast.



Tuesday 5 January: CSC London – Cauterets to Bagnères-de-Luchon, Hautes-Pyrénées – Andy Smith

When planning this trek Andy had no idea that a global pandemic was just round the corner!  An insight into the delights of the Pyrenees and the challenges of organising a July 2020 group trip.


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.


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 26 October 2020]

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