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In February 1975 Rab Carrington and Alan Rouse brought hard Scottish style climbing to the Alps with their winter ascent of the Terray Rebuffat route on the Aiguille des Pélerins. 17 years later Andy Parkin and Mark Twight climbed the nearby ‘Beyond Good and Evil’ and in February this year Jon Bracey, Matt Helliker and Pete Whittaker added ‘Beyond Reason’. In their own way each of these ascents have set new standards for the sport.
Why has this corner of the Chamonix Aiguilles been a test bed for the best climbers of their generation? Find out on 26 May.
BMC Honorary Medical advisor David Hillebrandt chairs a team of three mountaineering doctors - Chris Imray, Paul Richards and Jeremy Windsor - to share advice, experiences, and a Q&A.
Following our agreement with Art UK 70 digital images from the Club’s painting collection are now displayed on the Art UK website.
6th - 13th March 2020
Words & Photographs by Alex Metcalfe.
Attendees: Mike De La Rue (organiser), Jonathan Bamber, Alex Metcalfe, Tom Davis-Merry, Mark Grist (guest), Tom Priestly (guest), John Venier, Ian Bryant.
Things did not start well for the AC Slovakia meet. A six hour delay gave members of the team ample time to repack & worry about baggage allowance whilst others went to see the sights and sounds of Luton. The team finally convened that night to fly out and meet the Johns the following day in Tatramanska Lomnica.
Nanga Parbat’s Mazeno Ridge
Rick Allen and Sandy Allan talk about their traverse of the Mazeno Ridge in 2012, which was first attempted by Doug Scott back in 1992. Scott Ellsworth will speak first on the history of climbing on Nanga Parbat.
The First Ascent of Koyo Zom West Face in Pakistan’s Hindu Raj, with Tom Livingstone
Koyo Zom (6877m), Hindu Raj range in Pakistan. Tom Livingstone.
Members will be saddened to learn that our Honorary Member Joe Brown died yesterday,15 April, peacefully at home, We send condolences to his family and all his friends.
In 2013 six mountaineers, who had met whilst studying in Leeds and Sheffield, went off on their first expedition. Alpine Club members Tom Bell, Tim Elson and Hugh Thomas were part of the team that travelled to the relatively unexplored area of the Tien Shan mountains on the border between China and Kyrgyzstan. There, multiple glacier systems with multiple unclimbed 5000m peaks had seen few mountaineers before. Over 4 weeks the team achieved several first ascents and were able to get to grips with the steep learning curve of a first expedition, which was partly funded by grants from the Alpine Club and the Austrian Alpine Club.
Tom, Tim and Hugh will talk about their experiences and afterwards answer questions from the audience.
If you would like to join this ClubCast please check your emails again on Monday 20 April, when a link will be sent out. The link will also be available on the Alpine Club Facebook Member Area.
Three Alpine Club members talk about their favourite route on a 4000er: Paul Newby on the West Ridge of the Dufourspitze, Max Streeton on the Weisshorn Schaligrat, and Becky Coles on the Lauteraargrat which links the Schreckhorn and the Lauteraarhorn.
Aimed at whetting appetites for a future trip, the talks will be followed by a Q&A session.
Due to the corona virus situation the AC Pembroke Weekend meet due to take place on Friday 8th to Sunday 10th May 2020 has been cancelled.
Thank you for all the positive comments about yesterday evening’s virtual lecture. If you would like to send any feedback please email the office or post them on Facebook.
We are sorry that the Zoom limit of 100 participants prevented some of you from attending. Please note that a recording will be publicly available shortly.
We are delighted by the interest shown, and as a result the Zoom limit for future virtual lectures has now been increased to 500 participants. The next lecture will be on
Tuesday 14 April at 19:30
The Eiger Challenge
Jerry Gore takes us on a 25 minute bumble up the 1938 route on the North Face of the Eiger. After his two very different experiences on this iconic route, Jerry gives us his take on how to prepare and train for a successful ascent.
Jerry’s light hearted glimpse at the world of uphill alpinism will be followed by a Q&A session.
If you would like to join this lecture please check your emails again on Monday 13 April, when a link will be sent out. The link will also be available on the Alpine Club Facebook Member Area
If you have ideas for future lectures, or other activities for these challenging times, you can share them here:
Interview by Adele Long
‘But for Mt. Everest, Sally Westmacott might now be a professional concert pianist. Instead she…is one of the best…British women mountaineers’. This is how Ingrid Cranfield began her article about Sally for the Observer on 4 March 1965.
So, if Sally had not met Mike (Westmacott of the 1953 Everest expedition fame), would she have been a climber? When asked, she replied “I don’t know. Because the bug is always there. I was climbing on the sandstone in Fontainebleu long before I met Michael”. But she did concede “I fell in at the deep end with the Everest business. I was lucky”.
We hope that you and your families are all keeping well.
While we are all practicing social isolation, the club is proposing to host a series of short virtual lectures, using Zoom. This technology has the advantage that those participating have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the presenters.
To launch this initiative the presenters of the last London lecture, Victor Saunders, Nick Smith and Nigel Buckley, are planning to broadcast a shorter version of their lecture, live, on
Tuesday 7 April
Due to the corona virus situation the Swanage meet due to take place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April 2020 has been cancelled.
We regretfully have to inform you that the Alpine Club Library will be closed to Alpine Club members and external visitors from Monday 23rd March to a least the end of May.
We will review this situation at the end of April and keep you all informed by Alpinet, and our website and social media channels.
Following Government advise we need to act responsibly and limit our travel and contact with others.
Our Librarian will be visiting the library once a week to answer enquiries requiring research, and to post out loans to members and provide document scans, so do still get in touch via email or phone and leave a message.
Any members that need to return books can either keep them for the time-being (all loans will be renewed) or return by post to the Library.
Covid-19 is a terrible challenge to everyone and our thoughts and sympathies go out to all those affected in so many ways.
We would like to thank all our visitors over the years and look forward to welcoming you back into the library as soon as we can.
Due to the corona virus situation the Scottish Isles 2020 meet due to take place from Thursday 14 May 2020 to Monday 25 May 2020 has been cancelled.
Due to the corona virus situation the George Starkey Hut Maintenance Meet due to take place from Friday 01 May 2020 to Sunday 03 May 2020 has been cancelled.
Due to the corona virus situation the Lundy meet due to take place from Thursday 02 April 2020 to Saturday 04 April 2020 has been cancelled.
Due to the corona virus situation the AC Chamonix ski mountaineering meet due to take place from Friday 20th to Sunday 29th March 2020 has been cancelled.