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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.

Lectures are normally held in two regular venues from September to March.  During summer 2021 there may be additional ‘virtual’ lectures advertised on this page and announced in e-news. It is hoped to resume meetings at the regular venues in London and Reading in Autumn 2021 and, provided suitable facilities are available, invite members from further afield to join the meetings online.

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Wednesday 23 June: A Thousand Metres Down – 2019 Gouffre Berger Expedition – John Warburton: (On Zoom)

The Gouffre Berger Cave in the limestone of the Vercors Massif in the Rhône Alps, SE France, is at least 1271 metres deep.  John will firstly talk about his young caving days, followed by an account of the discovery of the Gouffre Berger Cave in 1953 and subsequent French exploration; then the British expeditions of the 1960s and finally his 2019 joint expedition with the Rucksack Club, Craven Club, YSS, SWCC, and the Mendip Caving Club.


Wednesday 29 September: Austria to France on Foot, part 1 – Dan Unwin –  RISC Reading and on Zoom (if possible)

In 1994 Dan set off from Spittal in Western Carinthia, North into the Ankogel Gruppe, then west over the Goldberg Gruppe to Heiligenblut, past the Groβglockner; along the Höhenweg from St Pöltner Hütte to the Groβvenediger, into South Tirol and the Ahrntal; across Western Zillertal to the Brenner Pass, on to Stubai and Zuckerhütl, to Solden and up over the Ötztaler Alpen, finally crossing into Switzerland near Nauders.


Tuesday 5 October: The Seven Volcanic Summits – David Hamilton – CSC London and on Zoom (if possible)

Climbing the highest peak of volcanic origin on each of the seven continents is a unique travel and cultural adventure. Only about 20 people have completed this little-known mountaineering challenge. This talk features ascents of: Ojos del Salado (6893m) in Chile, Kilimanjaro (5895m) in Tanzania, Damavand (5671m) in Iran, Elbrus (5642m) in Russia, Pico de Orizaba (5610m) in Mexico, Giluwe (4368m) in Papua New Guinea, and Mount Sidley (4285m) in Antarctica.


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 in nearby streets *. 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.  NB in Autumn 2021, please check in advance whether evening opening of the Global Café has resumed. *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.  NB: please check in advance whether normal service has resumed.

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 May 2021]

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