Alpine Climbing Group - ACG

The Alpine Climbing Group was founded in 1952 to provide a regular programme of meets for young, active climbers with a desire to climb extreme new routes. It was a forum for the transfer of skills and the development of partnerships. It merged with the Alpine Club in 1967.

Today its aims remain very much the same. All members who aspire to establish or repeat technically difficult climbs or undertake exploratory expeditions are encouraged to apply and benefit from a community that is focused around the same objectives.

All ACG members are Full members of the Alpine Club and there is no additional cost to join the ACG.



Alpine Climbing Group

The reinvigorated Alpine Climbing Group (ACG) has a new committee with Tom Livingstone the incoming President, Timothy Elson the Honorary Secretary with two further committee members Ian Parnell and Paul Ramsden. The new committee would like to thank the outgoing committee of Dave Wilkinson and Roy Ruddle for their hard work in reviving the ACG. The ACG continues to advise, support and encourage young British alpinists, helping them to progress to the higher levels of climbing in the mountains. ACG member Tim Miller has been awarded the Scottish Youth Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture, and we would like to congratulate him on this achievement.

ACG Scottish Winter Meet

The ACG Scottish winter weekend was a wash out this year with heavy rain and 100mph winds on the Saturday and slightly better weather on the Sunday. Understandably only a few participants turned up for the weekend given the weather forecast. A team ascent of Curved ridge was made in heavy rain on the Saturday and some mixed climbs on Ben Nevis were completed on the Sunday.

Chamonix Winter Meet

Between the 5th and 15th of March there was a Chamonix Winter Alpine meet, with 8 men and 2 women attending. The goal of the trip was for technical winter alpinism and to transfer skills and experience between members of the group. The event was thwarted by interesting weather and conditions but was a great success, and all attendees benefited from advice, encouragement, workshops and evening lectures. Other trips and expeditions are in the pipeline but not yet confirmed.

ACG Activity

ACG members Will Sim, Uisdean Hawthorn, John Crook, Ally Swinton and Tom Livingstone went to the Hindu Raj range in Pakistan in autumn 2019, establishing a new route on the north-west face of Koyo Zom (6877m). Recently several members of the ACG have made ascents of the fabled ephemeral test piece Beyond Good and Evil on the Aig. des Pelerins above Chamonix and in the fleeting Scottish winter conditions this year a clutch of VIII’s have been climbed by ACG members.