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Piolet d'Or 2015

Earlier this month Sir Chris Bonington receive one of the most prestigious awards in mountaineering: the Piolet 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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2014 British Spiti Expedition

Derek Buckle (leader), Dave Broadhead, Mike Cocker and Geoff Cohen received permission to enter he Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh in September 2014.


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Alpine Journal 2014
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This edition, Vol 118, contains accounts of rock climbing, mountaineering and exploration in the high and wild places across the continents from the Antarctic to Canada, Europe to High Asia.

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Thinking of planning your own mountaineering expedition? The ACs Expedition Information Centre provides a wealth of knowledge: what, where, how, when.
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Chamonix Climbs
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Morocco October meet
11 Feb
Recent Updates
31 Jan
Aspirants meet
05 Feb
New Cornish meet
New London lecture
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Recent Changes

Area Lectures
LONDON - Tuesday 12th May
Edith Kreutner: Exploring the unclimbed peaks of the Arabel Pass area of the Djetim Bel range, Kyrgyzstan
Edith focuses on pre-trip planning, Base Camp life, important considerations and the stunning Kyrgyz mountains and how the expedition climbed many so far unclimbed peaks.
EDINBURGH - To be resumed in the Autumn
PEAK - To be resumed in the Autumn
LAKES - To be resumed in the Autumn
SOUTH WEST - To be resumed in the Autumn


1st - 4th May. Derbyshire meet, joint with ABMSAC/AC

9th - 16th May. Glen Brittle - Joint meet with Craven Pothole Club

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

Click: Full list & Details


Nepal Earthquake Appeals

AC members who wish to contribute to emergency relief in Nepal may like to donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee: Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

Longer term support will be given by various charities already working in Nepal such as Community Action Nepal and Himalayan Trust.

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.