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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Llanberis Mountain Film Festival (LLAMFF) 4 - 6 March 2016

Last March saw the Llanberis Mountain Film Festival (LLAMFF) being relaunched and it was a huge success, selling nearly 1000 tickets.  

With over 40 different films shown at 3 local venues over 3 fantastic festival evenings, and all run by an energetic team of local volunteers.  

This year the festival is back and kicking it all off on Friday 4th March is key guest speaker Kenton Cool, British Mountain Guide and 11 times Everest summiteer, will tell of his experiences in the majestic country of Nepal and further a field.  

This is followed by the UK Adventure Festival Premiere of the Discovery UK film ‘Sherpa’  -  a tale of the the Himalayan guides that have supported numerous foreign mountaineering teams for years, all filmed during the year of the  tragic earthquake.

There are a number of other excellent speakers, from a range of backgrounds, to complment our films for 2016 with John Cleare, Neil Gresham, Ian Parnell, Sophie Radcliffe, Heather Geluk,  Simon Harmer and Shirin Shabestari and many more.  With films including Operation Moffat, All Roads Lead to Scotland, Damavand, Transition to name but a few.  

This is all wrapped up with the festivals ‘gritty charm’ and a great party atmosphere every evening at our after party base in Llanberis.  

Tickets start from £5 and range to £40 for the vIP opening event including buffet, speaker, film & VIP treatment.  

Details and tickets can be found at http://www.llamff.co.uk/”  

The AC joins the Wired Guides Group January 2016

Members may be aware of the first excellent and award-winning Wired guide, Lake District Rock, which was published in 2015, with Pembroke Rock following in January 2016.

Wired Guides are published by a co-operative of UK definitive guidebook publishers including: the British Mountaineering Council, The Climbers’ Club, the Fell & Rock Climbing Club of the English Lake District, the Scottish Mountaineering Club, and the Yorkshire Mountaineering Club. The Alpine Club was delighted to join the group in January 2016.
 
Wired is a new concept that brings UK national clubs together.  Under this banner, the voluntary guidebook producers share their collective knowledge, skill and enthusiasm to take the information they have spent so long creating and to use it in new and creative ways.  
 
If you need an up-to-date selected guide to the Lake District or Pembroke, please consider supporting the Clubs' group by purchasing a Wired guide.
 

London Book Launch at the AC: The Remarkable Life of George Ingle Finch - 19 January

The Maverick Mountaineer: The Remarkable Life of George Ingle Finch: Climber, Scientist, Inventor.  

Book Launch at the AC Clubhouse in London. AC members are invited to the launch of the new biography of George Ingle Finch by Robert Wainwright.

At: The Alpine Club, 55 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3QF.

On Tuesday 19th January 2016, 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Francis Russell, George’s grandson, will open the evening and the author, Robert Wainwright, will give a short talk at 7pm about George Finch.  There will also be on display a few of George’s artefacts, including his Everest chair, and some photographs. 

In the spring of 1901 a teenager stood on top of a hill, gazed out in wonderment at the Australian landscape and decided he wanted to be a mountaineer. Two decades later, the same man stood in a blizzard beneath the summit of Mount Everest, within sight of his goal to be the first to stand on the roof of the world. George Finch, a boy from the bush, was at the highest point ever reached by a human being and only his decision to save the life of his stricken companion stopped him from trying for the summit. 

George Finch was a rebel of the first order, a man who dared to challenge the British establishment who disliked his independence, background, long hair and lack of an Oxbridge education. Despite this, he not only became one of the world’s greatest alpinists, earning the respect of George Mallory, but pioneered the use of the artificial oxygen that enabled Everest to finally be conquered thrity years after his own attempt. A renowned scientst, a World War I hero and a Fellow of the Royal Society, involved in the development of some of the twentieth century’s most important inventions.

In a fond and fascinating tribute to George Finch (1888-1970), acclaimed biographer Robert Wainwright restores George Finch to his rightful place in history with his remarkable tribute to one of the twentieth century’s most eccentric anti-heroes. 

Join the author and members of George’s family on the 19th January to celebrate the life and times of George Ingle Finch.