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Piolets d'Or 2015

Earlier this month Sir Chris Bonington receive one of the most prestigious awards in mountaineering: the Piolets d’Or Career. This lifetime achievement award is now in its seventh year, and was created to reward mountaineers whose achievements have inspired successive generations. Previous winners include Reinhold Messner, Walter Bonatti and Doug Scott.

Chris was honoured at the 23rd Piolets d’Or, which took place in Courmayeur and Chamonix in April.

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BMC - George Band Award 2015

Congratulations to Bob Pettigrew, who was awarded the BMC’s George Band Award 2015 for Exceptional Voluntary Contribution to Mountaineering. The aim of the award is to recognise people who have made a significant voluntary contribution to the BMC’s work over an extended period of time.

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2015 Silvestre Graham Revelations Expedition

Pete Graham and Ben Silvestre climb a new route, Hoar of Babylon, on the east face of Jezebel, in the relatively unexplored east part of the Revelations Range at the south west end of the Alaska Range.

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Alpine Journal 2014
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Recent Changes

Area Lectures
LONDON - Tuesday 9th June
Colin Scott (RAF) and Tim Taylor (RMR): Makalu (the Great Black One)
Sept 2014, an 8-strong team of British Services personnel returned to the Makalu-Barun region of Nepal to attempt an ascent of Makalu (8463m) via the 10km long South East Ridge. Colin will provide a unique insight into the development and change that is taking place in this once infrequently visited region. Tim as the expedition photographer will provide his own perspective on the trials of high altitude photography.
Edinburgh, Peak, Lakes and South West Area Lectures - To be resumed in the Autumn


6th June to the 4th July. AC Open Expedition to Eren Habirga, Tien Shan

26th-28th June 2015. AC New Members Meet - George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, Lakes

6th-10th July. Kelynack, St Just, Penzance, Cornwall. Camping meet.

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International Expedition
Open invitation to join an international expedition to the Western Kokshaal-too (Kyrgyzstan-China).
Nepal Earthquake Appeal

AC members and guests at the London Dinner generously donated a total of £1,400 for emergency relief in Nepal and this has been sent to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

The Club is now focussing its fundraising efforts to give long term support for the rebuilding of communities through CAN. Latest news of the situation is on their website at: Community Action Nepal. Any members who haven’t yet donated or who would like to contribute further are encouraged to support their appeal.

Doug writes: "This couldn't have happened at a worse time since Nepal was just recovering from 10 years of the Maoist insurgency [civil war]. It is going to be a long haul, but as we know, you only climb a mountain after taking the first step and carrying on.”

Read Doug Scott’s CAN Nepal Appeal letter.