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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 22 January: Where did you go in 2019? – RISC Reading

An opportunity to share your mountain adventures of 2019, or indeed earlier, with other members.  If you know in advance that you would like to make a presentation, a brief e-mail or call to Janet (contact details in rubric above) would be helpful. Alternatively, just come to hear about other people’s exploits and maybe glean ideas for future adventures!  All welcome.


Tuesday 4 February: Trekking in Tajikistan: Judy Renshaw – CSC London

A trek in the Fann Mountains of Tajikistan. The first part of the route went through a remote area where the only people seen were nomadic shepherds and their families. The second part went into Tajikistan’s ‘lake district’ and higher mountain areas including an ascent of the Mazalat pass (about 4200m).


Wednesday 26 February: Cath and Geoff Dinsdale –  Mountain Meandering – RISC Reading

Cath and Geoff will share the highlights of a lifetime of walking in mountains all around the world.


Tuesday 3 March: A voyage to the Antarctic –  John Dempster and Dinah Nichols – CSC London

John will provide some context about Antarctica and his interest in the British Antarctic Survey. Dinah will describe the voyage and the many and varied landings on the snow and ice, starting from Ushuaia in Argentina, across the Drake Passage, down the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula, south to cross the Antarctic Circle, and back via Cape Horn.


Wednesday 25 March: Details to follow – RISC Reading

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.

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. See AAC(UK) website and e-news for details of topics and speakers or contact AAC(UK) member Gillian Radcliffe on 01246 569134 or gill@farfields.co.uk. 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 11 February – Martin  Boysen

Climber, will talk about his life and routes.

[Updated 15 January 2020]

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