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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 23 October:  Iran, Climbing and Me – Shirin Shabestari – RISC Reading

Walking in Iran’s beautiful mountains with her father as a child, allowed Shirin to feel like an equal.  Later she returned from abroad and fulfilled her childhood dream of climbing Damavand, 5610m, the highest mountain in Iran. In 2014 she founded the UK based company, Persian Pursuit, and now organises trekking, skiing and cultural trips to Iran.


Monday 4 November:  A half century of gear design and innovation – Mike Parsons – CSC London

Mike, formerly owner/CEO and chief innovator at Karrimor until ’96 and latterly founder of lightweight gear company OMM, will recall memorable moments and well-known equipment that evolved from his close collaboration with the all-time greats of the climbing world: from Brown, Whillans and Haston, to Bonington, McIntyre, Littlejohn, Brailsford, Meare, and more!


Wednesday 27 November: Gentle walking in the Tyrol – Richard Denby – RISC Reading

Richard has participated in several of Allan Hartley’s “Gentle” tours and will talk about their activities on these trips illustrated with pictures of people, alpine scenery and huts.


Monday 2 December: AV2² or Alta Via 2 times 2! – David Beer – CSC London

An illustrated talk describing 2 high-level, hut-to-hut traverses through the Italian Alps. The first Alta Via 2 is a 160km north to south route through the spectacular Dolomites including some technical protected sections. The second AV2 is a 140km east to west traverse through the snowier and less frequented Gran Paradiso National Park finishing in Courmayeur.


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.  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.

Currently there are no lectures

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.

Currently there are no lectures

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.

Tueday 12 November: Tom Livingstone

Climber and mountaineer will tell us about some recent exploits


Tueday 11 February – Martin  Boysen

Climber, will talk about his life and routes.

[Updated 15 October 2019]

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