Lectures

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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.

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.


2018 Lectures

Wednesday 26 September – RISC Reading

My First 6 Years as a Mountaineer – Maisie Hamilton Unwin 
Maisie, already a dedicated mountaineer, will describe her first years in the hills and mountains of Britain and beyond, with ascents in the four corners of Britain and the Alps from the age of four to the present day. 

 

Tuesday 2 October – CSC London

Keeping dry, staying warm – Mike Parsons 
Mike’s talk, based on his book written with co-author Mary Rose, will give a brief history of outdoor clothing, the basic science, core technologies and modern practices, then look to the future with an explanation of emerging technologies, what to watch and wait for, what to be cautious about.

 

Wednesday 31 October – Risc Reading

Ski-touring in Norway – Ewan Whitmey
An account of an 8 day ski tour crossing of Norway’s Hardangervidda national park during the Beast-from-the-East winter of 2018, plus information on the skiing and winter climbing opportunities in various other Norwegian national parks.

 

Monday 5 November – CSC London

Exploration and First Ascents in the East Karakoram – Derek Buckle
In September 2016 Derek led an expedition to the Nubra Valley of Ladakh which explored the lower region of the Rassa Glacier, an area that had been visited only once previously by an Indian team. After establishing a high camp at 5675m, members of the party successfully made the first ascents of two attractive 6000m peaks that we subsequently called Lak Kangi and Thrung-ma Kangri.

 

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.

 


2018 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 19 September – Great Divide Ski Traverse – Steve Wright

 

Wednesday 10 October – 2017 Sumur Valley Expedition – Derek Buckle

 

Wednesday 24 October  (note date change) – Community Action Nepal and the Original Everest Marathon

 

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 first winter lecture is on:

Tuesday 2 October – Iceland (Cath Sinclair) and Austria Chris Radcliffe

Cath will give a short presentation on  ‘Impressions of Iceland – highlights of a family trip to Iceland in summer 2017 including descending in to the magma chamber of a dormant volcano’. This will be followed by Chris’s presentation – ‘ Summer and winter trips to the Austrian Tyrol – great days in the mountains.’ Chris will talk about his activities during his retirement, including rock-climbing, mountaineering, klettersteig, skiing and snow-shoeing.


[Updated 18 September 2018]

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