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Ken Wilson awarded at Kendal Mountain Festival

 
Congratulations to Ken Wilson for winning Lifetime Award for Contribution to Mountain Literature

The Boardman Tasker Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Ken Wilson, a long time influencer of outdoor media and global climbing and mountaineering politics, at the Kendal Mountain Festival, photo by Doug Scott.

Ken Wilson is a leading figure in the global climbing media, editor of Mountain magazine (1969-1978), and publisher and author of many acclaimed outdoor books, including the Hard Rock series and The Games Climbers Play. In 1978, Ken established the Diadem publishing house with Ken Vickers and later went on to found Bâton Wicks.

Meets: Moroccan Anti Atlas - October 2015

Approaching the Multiple Pillars of Pleasure

October 2015 saw the first Alpine Club meet in the Moroccan Anti-Atlas. The group was based at the Kasbah Tizourgane. Climbing took place in the region north of Jebel el Kest near Ida Ougnidif and in the Afantinzar and Samazar Valleys.  This is a stupendous area, with huge potential for adventurous climbing and numerous well documented climbs on a variety of crags.

Ed Douglas Awarded Best Mountaineering Article Oct 2015

 
Congratulations to Ed Douglas for winning Best Mountaineering Article at Banff.

Ed Douglas receiving the Mountain Article Award from Professor Stephen Slemon at the 2015 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, photo by Rita Taylor, the Banff Centre, Canada.

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London Exhibition: Robin Collomb - A Retrospective - 10 Nov to 19 Dec 2015

 

An exhibition of works by Robin Collomb (8th April 1930 - 18th January 2015) will open with a Private View for Members and friends on Tuesday, 10th November at  6.30pm. This exhibition is curated with the participation and collaboration of his widow, Pam (Member AC) and his daughters Nicole, Stephanie and Michele.  It will be followed by a lecture at 7.30pm by Julian Freeman-Attwood on the Great Mongolian Rescue. The exhibition will run until 19th December.

Robin was well-known as a publisher and the proprietor of West Col. For many years he published the AJ and our AC Guidebooks. He was exceptionally well qualified for AC membership but refused to join to avoid any conflict of interest. To many people at the time, who only knew his name, he was a somewhat controversial figure because he actually made money from guidebooks!  

Almost everything Robin did, waking and sleeping throughout his life, had something to do with mountains. Few people knew that, years before, he studied at Central St Martins and was a considerable mountain artist, both in oils,  pen and ink drawing and other media.
 
He has left a stack of good and interesting material so this will be an fascinating and intriguing exhibition of works by a man whom many knew of, but few of us knew in person. 

Expedition: Aug 2015 Katkar Nala - supported by Climbing Fund


The aim of our expedition was to complete first ascents of peaks at around 5,900m in the Greater Himalaya, in the Zanskar / Ladakh region of northern India. We also sought to plan and carry out everything independently; to pursue Alpine style /  mixed snow and rock routes; and to summit some of the remaining unclimbed Zanskar peaks.

 

AC President, Lindsay Griffin, writes to Nepal's Ministry of Tourism

23rd September 2015


To the Ministry of Tourism, Nepal


It has come to the attention of the Alpine Club that there is a proposal for foreign trekkers in Nepal to be required to hire at least a guide or a porter. We acknowledge the role played by local guides in bringing a deeper experience to the trek. However, we also recognise there needs to be freedom of choice, and would like the Ministry to be aware that there are a number of British trekkers who do not employ guides or porters when visiting mountain areas. We believe that if they are required to employ a guide or porter, many of these people will decide not to visit Nepal, and instead go elsewhere to trek, or for their mountaineering.


Independent trekkers bring considerable extra income to the local communities, and with Nepal currently trying to re-build its market following devastating earthquake damage, the timing of this proposal seems inappropriate. We believe that if trekkers of any nationality are able to come to Nepal without the explicit need to hire guides or porters, there will be an appreciably greater number visiting the country, and with this greater economic benefit.

Yours Faithfully
Lindsay Griffin, President of the Alpine Club.

Expedition: Sep 2015 Muzkol Tajikistan - supported by Climbing Fund

 

In 1940, a Soviet military officer visited the Muzkol range’s AkBaikal valley, gazed up at the five peaks of the ridgeline and declared “the passage of this route would have done credit to any master mountaineer”. In the intervening years just one expedition had attempted any of the peaks and so our team of five set out to try and prove ourselves as master mountaineers. 

AC AGM, Lecture and Annual Dinner


AC AGM & Annual  Dinner - with Lecture by Krzysztof Wielicki - 28th November 2015

At:  The Skiddaw Hotel, Main Street, Keswick, CA12 5BL

This year's Annual Dinner will be a more informal gathering with a buffet and some live background music (Dinner tickets £35).  Members’ guests are welcome to attend the Lecture and the Dinner. 

Lecture by Krzysztof Wielicki: The Art of Suffering, which will indeed be partially on Polish winter alpinism in the Himalaya.  Krzysztof was the fifth man to climb all fourteen eight-thousanders and the first to climb Everest, Kangchenjunga and Lhotse in the winter. Here he is on Nanaga Parbat 1996, en route, K2 in 2003 and  K2 in 1987





Details  AC AGM, Lecture and Annual Dinner

AC AGM, Lecture and Annual Dinner

AC AGM & Annual  Dinner - with Lecture by Krzysztof Wielicki - 28th November 2015

At:  The Skiddaw Hotel, Main Street, Keswick, CA12 5BN

 

4:00pm:  Annual General Meeting 
 
Unfortunately, tickets for the Annual Dinner have sold out.
 
If you were intending to come to the Lecture only, please email Iwonna at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check there is space. 
  



Terence Goodfellow

Glyn Hughes writes: I am sorry to have to tell members of the death of our member Terence Goodfellow. Terence had been an AC member since 1962, introduced to the Club by his father Basil Goodfellow, an AC Hon Secretary, who also started Terence on his alpine career.
Terence was a President of the Cambridge University Mountaineering Club, and while at university was member of an expedition to Baffin Island.
In 1968 he was a member of a team who climbed Miangul Sar in Swat Kohistan. We believed this to be a first ascent, but later discovered we had been pipped to the post by an Austrian party who climbed it from the opposite side. At least ours was a new route.
Terence was a regular attender at AC lectures until quite recently when his mobility became restricted.

London Exhibition: Janet Johnson - Encounters with Rock Snow and Ice - 22 Sep to 27 Oct 2015

 

Janet Johnson is an associate member as an artist since 2010, creating distillations of her journeys through the Alps on foot and on ski, in the mediums of watercolour, and oil paint. Her first exhibition at the club celebrated a familiar iconic journey, the Haute Route.

This second exhibition five years later focuses on further encounters with rock ,snow and ice in alpine terrain in Europe and Norway. There will be first encounters with climbing modest 4000 metre peaks inspired by being a member of the club, for an artist who is essentially a skier. Janet grew up in Pennsylvania in the USA where she was skiing down a small hill in her backyard by the age of five. Along side this short exhibit at the Alpine Club Janet will be exhibiting over a year, a group of watercolours titled, Arolla Sublime, at the Grand Hotel & Kurhaus in Arolla Switzerland opening in August 2015 and running to August 2016.