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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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Al Alvarez

We are saddened to receive news of the death of our member Al Avarez on 23rd September, who had been a member since 1986.

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Western Zaalaisky KMC Expedition 2019, Kyrgyzstan.

The Trans-Alay Pamirs delineate the southern border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, with the Western Zaalaisky sub-range about 75km west of Peak Lenin.

Andy Stratford led a team including AC member Emily Thompson, along with Steve Graham (AC Membership app recently submitted), Andy Vine, Jared Kitchen, Stuart Hurworth; all six being members of the Karabiner Mountaineering Club which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2019.

Mountaineering Scotland: International Winter Meet 2020

Mountaineering Scotland have announced that they will be hosting the 2020 International Scottish Winter Meet.

The meet has been running since 1997 and was last held in 2016. The event has attracted climbers from all over the world eager to experience the unique Scottish winter experience. Overseas guests will paired up with experienced UK-based hosts – an excellent tried and tested formula that has proved to be very successful. In return for sharing their local knowledge and expertise, UK climbers gain a wider perspective by climbing with their (sometimes very accomplished) international visitors. In previous years several hosts and guests have formed strong partnerships that have gone on to make major ascents further afield and in the Greater Ranges. This is not an elitist event however, and will be open to a cross-section of climbers and abilities.

Robin Richards

News has reached us of the death on 19th July after a severe stroke of long standing member Robin Richards.  A memorial service was held recently.

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Successful Summer meet of Rendez-vous Hautes Montagnes in Langdale

Back in July, 66 women from all over Britain and Europe gathered in Langdale to meet with old and new friends and climb together in the heart of the Lake District. The 9 day meet of the Rendez-vous Hautes Montagnes got off to a great start with the evening reception on 13th July and the weather for the first four and a half days was fine and dry. Climbers visited many of the crags throughout Langdale during this early period, with climbs made on the valley's lower crags and higher crags including Dow, Pavey Arc and Gimmer.

Smiler's Wake

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).

Chamonix Conditions

 

If you are heading out to the Mont Blanc massif over the coming months check out the Chamonix conditions report of the Club website Report 17th June 2019

You will find regular updates on just that, the conditions in the Mont Blanc massif.  Loads and loads of useful local info throughout the year.  

Professor Ernst Sondheimer

News has reached us of the death of our member Professor Ernst Sondheimer, who died aged 95 on Sunday 9th June.

He joined the Alpine Club in 1974 and became a Committee Member in 1984. He was also AJ editor between 1987-1992.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday 26th June at 1.00pm - Golders Green Crematorium, NW11 7NL.

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Martin Moran

I am sure all members thoughts  and hopes are with Martin Moran's family and those of the other climbers feared lost near Nanda Devi. Especially as there are reports that five bodies have been seen.

The two links below are the latest information we can provide for Alpine Club members

Martin’s family have now released a statement describing the present situation.

https://www.facebook.com/242282069223293/posts/2185445708240243?s=1230372207&sfns=mo 

And Mark Charlton, Nigel Shepherd and John Cousins have posted an update from Mark Thomas below.

https://www.bmg.org.uk/update-incident-nanda-devi-east/?fbclid=IwAR2jCchG43gHUe9HFNmzlf9zTthRxjo2Pi196xGhMB8ZCf0JXwlinniINq4

We will post further updates as appropriate.

Environment and Sustainability Panel

In discussions during the AC gathering at Blencathra in November 2018 it became apparent that a number of members, including the President and President Elect, felt that the global issues of climate change, pollution in its many different forms and unsustainable tourism were too pressing for the Alpine Club not to be proactive in doing something about them. It was decided to set up a Panel, for ease of reference known as The Green Group, to take the matter forward and as a current V-P Rob Collister was asked to chair it.

What do the Kuffner Arete, Innominata Ridge, Charlotte Road, and Ryan Reynolds all have in common?

Friday 10th May saw the release of the latest Pokémon film.  

When the Club was approached during the autumn of 2017 by the makers of this film, “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu”, to request the use of the outside façade of 55 Charlotte Road as part of the filming location, we of course said yes as the request came with a contract and with the contract came their fee.  

Dave (Smiler) Cuthbertson

We are saddened to receive news of the death of our member, Dave (Smiler) Cuthbertson.

He died on the 2nd May after a short illness. He joined the Alpine Club in 1971 as an ACG member and was a past President of the Climbers' Club. 

Funeral details will be announced once known.

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