The Alpine Club, the world’s first mountaineering club, was founded in 1857.  For over 150 years, members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration. 

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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Sadly, our great friend Smiler passed away on 2nd May.

To celebrate his life in the mountains, we invite all his friends to an evening of illustrated talks and a buffet meal.

Date: Saturday 10th August

Time: 6pm

Place: The Celtic Royal Hotel, Bangor Street, Caernarfon, LL55 1AY).

Booking: Book online

Cost: £15.90 including tea/coffee on arrival and buffet meal

The Celtic has a big room (c. 200 people). Due to Smiler’s popularity and large circle of friends, we expect many to come, so book early to avoid disappointment!

All who knew Smiler are invited. Please book at

First come, first served. Please book before 25th July.

The Celtic has ample car parks, but being a town centre location, an electronic permit system operates. No barriers, you just park your car, go to reception and type in your registration number.

The hotel is an old establishment with a quaint feeling of Victoriana. It also has a big bar, and comfortable lounges for just sitting and chilling.

If you wish to stay the night at the Celtic, we have been offered discounted nightly rates of:

• £115 per room for single/double/twin rooms (compared with the current internet price of £161)

• £126 for a triple room

• £137 for a family room (2 adults + 2 children)

Book rooms direct with the hotel on 01286 674477 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting “Smiler’s Wake”. In case of problems ask for “Sian”.

If you prefer budget accommodation (climbing hut), but have difficulty finding a hut which will take bookings from individuals, we may be able to help. Contact Dave Wilkinson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0121 358 3391.