Training – UK Courses

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Training Opportunities in the UK

AAC(UK) is providing grants for Winter and Summer training through external providers, as detailed below. Grants are available for members renewing in 2021 and with membership in 2019 and/or 2020. Higher grants are available for young adult (YAs) members (18-24 yrs old at the time of the course). Grants are approx. 33 per cent of the cost of courses (excluding board and accommodation), and approx. 40 per cent for young adults.

Summer Courses

The Alpine team has arranged for separate external providers to deliver the following Summer courses:

Scrambling: Learn to Lead (Will 4 Adventure)

The Alpine team has arranged for separate external providers to deliver the following courses:

These 2-day courses, with a ratio of 1:2, will focus on developing the skills and confidence to tackle harder and more committing routes (grades 2/3). The use of ropework and associated gear placement to safeguard short pitches in ascent and descent will be key skills covered during these courses, with members taking the lead.

17 – 18 June (Thursday – Friday, 2 courses) – FULL, but enquire about a reserve list

19 – 20 June (Saturday – Sunday, 2 courses) – FULL, but enquire about a reserve list

Location: Snowdonia

Price: £185 pp (£60 grant, YAs £75 grant)

Those attending the courses on 17 – 18 June might choose to stay on over the weekend of 19 – 20 June to consolidate their newly acquired skills independently.

Please note: members should submit a booking form to Will4Adventure and wait until they have a confirmed place before applying to the AAC(UK) Office for a grant. (Grant application form at the top of the page).

 

Alpine Preparation (Climbing 4 All)

This 2-day course is aimed at those who wish to travel to the Alps for the first time as well as those who need to refresh their skills. Key areas covered will include rope work for glaciers and flexible movement on rock along with equipment and clothing to enable members to move quickly and confidently in the Alpine environment.

The ratio is 1:6 on Day 1, with a ratio of 1:3 on Days 2

The lead instructor will be Nick Kekus (IFMGA)

19 – 20 June (Saturday – Sunday) – 6 places

Location: Keswick, Lake District

Price: £150 pp (£45 grant, YAs £60 grant)

Please note: members should submit a booking form to Climbing4All and wait until they have a confirmed place before applying to the AAC(UK) Office for a grant. (Grant application form at the top of the page).  

 

Climbing (All But Essential Travel)

The Club is looking to arrange 2-day climbing courses, which will focus on those who wish to gain the essential skills to get started and for those who would like to learn to lead.

Introductory Course: Ratio 1:6 (Day 1), 1:2 (Day 2)

7 – 8 August (Saturday – Sunday), Llanberis, North Wales

25 – 26 September (Saturday – Sunday), Hathersage, Peak District

Location: Peak District or North Wales

Price: £160 pp (£50 grant, YAs £60)

 

Learn to lead Course: Ratio 1:2

11 – 12 September (Saturday – Sunday), Llanberis, North Wales

2 – 3 October (Saturday – Sunday), Llanberis, North Wales

9 – 10 October (Saturday – Sunday), Hathersage, Peak District

Location: Peak District or Snowdonia

Price: £245 pp (£80 grant, YAs £95 grant)

Please note: members should submit a booking form to the provider and wait until they have a confirmed place before applying to the AAC(UK) Office for a grant. (Grant application form at the top of this page).


UK Training Award Grants (external providers)

The AAC(UK) offers grants for Training Awards offered by external providers. For example, if you are registered on any Mountain Training qualification programme, you can apply to the AAC(UK) for a grant for training and assessment.

First Aid Training Award Grants for Organisers and Leaders of Club Activities

Grants are available for first aid training for all Club activity organisers and leaders.  The grant is for a 16 hour, 2-day outdoor NGB (National Governing Body) recognised course (e.g. REC, ITC) and is up to a value of £125.

First aid training is required for leaders of overseas tours, and is encouraged for leaders of day walks, leaders of mountain bike rides and UK meet organisers.


Disclaimer

Climbing, hill and country walking, hiking, scrambling, mountain biking, mountaineering, klettersteig and snow sports (and any other similar activities) (the “Activities”) organised by Austrian Alpine Club (UK) (“AAC(UK)”) are physically challenging and carry risks that AAC(UK) cannot entirely eliminate. These include the risk of personal injury or death. In taking part in the Activities you acknowledge and accept these risks, being responsible for your own actions, involvement, health condition and safety.  All event participants must follow any safety warnings or instructions displayed or given to them by a leader or organiser (and ask a leader or organiser if anything is unclear). In the absence of any breach of duty by AAC(UK), participation in the Activities is entirely at participants’ own risk.


[Updated 27 April 2021]

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