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With membership, experienced and aspiring alpinists benefit from a varied meets programme, regional lectures with notable guest speakers, reduced rates at many alpine huts, opportunity to apply for grants to support expeditions, significant discounts at many UK retailers, extensive networking contacts, access to the AC Library and maps - and more! 

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A Weisshorn Traverse, 10 August 2018

I first set eyes on the Weisshorn in 2006, mid-way through a trek known as the Tour of the Matterhorn. As we crossed into Switzerland, over the Theodulpass and past the Matterhorn, the huge pyramid of the Weisshorn appeared at the end of a row of incredible peaks, the highest and most massive of them all, at 4506m. Until then, the Matterhorn, which was plastered in snow and thus out of condition, had commanded our attention, but now I could not take my eyes off the Weisshorn, and it was to dominate our attention for the next two days as we walked down the Oberer Theodulgletscher, through Zermatt, and along the Europaweg above the Mattertal.

Up Close with Uisdean Hawthorn

Interview by Adele Long

 

Hi Uisdean, how long have you been a member of the Alpine Club?

Two months!

 

Like many UK mountaineers you seem to have cut your teeth on Scottish rock, how does this prepare you for alpine climbing?

I suppose the thing is you get a lots of technical climbing, so for me when I do lots of winter climbing or trad that really helps to gives you a lot of confidence that you will be able to get up pretty much any of the technical cruxes on a route [in the Alps] because you know they are a few grades lower than what you would climb at home.

A lot of the mixed climbing on the Bheinn, the routes are short and if they were anywhere else no-one would climb them, they are just little bits of rock, but because they are technically really hard and you can just go and do them from your house in a day, you get in a lot of climbing.  Its the volume of hard climbing more than any specific climb. You would spend weeks and weeks in the Alps to get that volume of hard climbing.

UIAA Mountain Protection Committee gather at George Starkey Hut

The Club is always looking for opportunities to make the Alpine Club a louder voice in influencing events in the mountaineering community.  To this end, in May the AC used its base in the Lakes to play host to the UIAA’s Mountain Protection Commission.  Delegates from Europe and Asia gathered at the club’s George Starkey Hut in Patterdale for the Commission’s annual face-to-face meeting. 

Robin Wilkinson

It is with sadness that we report the news of the death of our member, Robin Wilkinson, on the 26th June.

Members would be welcome to send their tributes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that they can be posted on the website.

Tony Strawther

After a short illness, sadly Tony passed away early on Tuesday 3rd July 2018.

Tony's funeral is to be held on Tuesday 24th July at 13.10, at Chesterfield Crematorium, Chesterfield Road, Brimington, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 1AU.

Please let Suzanne Strawther know if you are able to attend;

e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel : 01246-231912

Tony Strawther

We are saddened to receive news that our member, Tony Strawther, passed away early on Tuesday 3rd July after a short illness.

Members are invited to send their tributes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  so that they can be posted on the website.

Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund Awards Autumn 2017 and Spring 2018

by Malcolm Bass

Thanks to a generous donation from a club member, combined with Alpine Club and Montane recurring funding, we are currently able to support more expeditions than ever before. But we are getting more applications than ever before, and most of them are for appropriate objectives. This is good news in that it shows that exploratory alpinism within the Alpine Club is in rude good health. But it presents problems for the grant giving sub-committee in deciding how best to use the Fund, and sadly we were not able to support a number of interesting expeditions. Before the autumn 2018 deadline the sub-committee will be producing some revised guidelines on how we prioritise expeditions for funding. 

AC AGM and Annual Dinner 2018

SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2018

 

THE ROYAL VICTORIA HOTEL

LLANBERIS, GWYNEDD LL55 4TY

www.theroyalvictoria.co.uk

 

Programme:

4:00pm AGM

5:30-6:30pm Presentations by recipients of Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund

7:30 for 8:00pm Annual Dinner: guest speaker TBA 

AC Photo Competition winning pictures will be displayed and the overall winner announced! 

Ticket price: £33 / £22 for those aged 35 and under on the date of the dinner. This is for a three-course dinner (excluding drink for which there is a cash bar). 

To book your ticket(s):

  • By cheque made payable to Alpine Club and posted
    to 55 Charlotte Road, EC2A 3Q
  • By PayPal - you need to log in first and CLICK HERE
  • In both cases, please state the names of those for whom tickets are being issued.
  • Please state any special dietary requirements.

All queries to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or to 020 7613 0755

Accommodation:
The hotel has 104 bedrooms and we have reserved 55 of them for AC members and guests at the following discounted rates for the Saturday night, bed and breakfast:

  • Standard double/twin room £86.00 per room 
  • Single occupancy £48.00 per room The single occupancy rate equally applies to single rooms (of which there are 14) and double/twin rooms. 
  • These rates will be held for us until the date of the Dinner. We have first call on the 55 reserved rooms until three months before the event, after which they will be on general release. 
  • All bookings should be made by Club members direct to the hotel’s reservations department on 01286 870253. Members should quote “Alpine Club discounted room rates” when making their booking. 
  • Location: If coming down the Llanberis pass (from the A5), the hotel is unmistakable and located just before the village on the right hand side, off the mini roundabout.

Teddy Faure-Walker

News has reached us of the death of Club Member Teddy Faure-Walker.

Members are invited to send their tributes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that they can be posted on the website.

2018 British Janhukot (6805M) Expedition

On the 6th of June 2018, the British team of Guy Buckingham, Malcolm Bass and Paul Figg succeeded in making the 1st ascent of the Janhukot in the Garhwal region of the Indian Himalaya via the south west buttress onto the south ridge. This remote and difficult to access mountain lies beyond the well-known peak of Shivling (6543m), at the end of the long Gangotri glacier, 19 km beyond Base Camp.

Memorial/Celebration of AC member Mark Vallance's life

Mark Vallance   17.9.44 – 19.4.18

We will be celebrating Mark’s life on Saturday July 21st at 1.30 for 2pm

 

We’d like to invite family and friends to join us at:

 

The Edge (University of Sheffield conference centre)

Endcliffe Student Village

34 Endcliffe Crescent

Sheffield S10 3ED

 

Drinks afterwards in The Edge bar until 5pm.

 

It would help us enormously if you could let us know if you will be attending. 

(No need to reply if you can’t come, thanks.)

 

There is a permit-only car park on site, also road parking.  We can email you a parking permit, which you can print, and there’s road parking too.

 

Dress: Cheerful, please.

 

Please reply by July 9th to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Jan and Jody

 

Susan Band

It is with sadness that we report the news of the death of our member, Susan Band, on the 27th April.

We understand that there will be a funeral service on the 9th May at Midday in Heckfield.

Members would be welcome to send their tributes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  so that they can be posted on the website.

Mark Warham

News has reached us of the death of Club Member Mark Warham, who died on the 28th April at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Members are invited to send their tributes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  so that they can be posted on the website.

Up Close with Cathy O’Dowd

Interview by Adele Long

Hi Cathy, thanks for agreeing to do this interview. Starter question, how long have you been a member of the AC?

Since 2012.

What made you join?

The honest answer is because Sandy Allen had invited me on his Nanga Parbat expedition, and he thought we could get some money from the AC. Obviously I was aware of the existence of the AC, but had a weird set of slightly contradictory stereotypes; first that it was full of Victorian gentlemen and only a certain type of chap or chappess would be eligible to join, second that it was full of people who were incredibly hard core and ordinary alpine climbers were not invited. Neither of which is fair or true. And then of course, I don’t actually live in England so how useful is the Club if you don’t live in England or possibly even London? Those are all the things that stopped me from joining and it was Sandy and the Nanga Parbat expedition that made me think, ‘well okay let’s give it a go’.

Allan Stuart

We are saddened to receive news that our member Allan Stuart died on April 21st, aged 95. Allan climbed almost exclusively with fellow members of the Wayfarers' Club

Members are invited to send their tributes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  so that they can be posted on the website.