16th to 23rd January - France: Argentiere la Bessee Ice climbing meet (joint with Groupe de Haute Montagne) Details: Gus Morton or Françoise Call.
1st to19th February - Chile: Alpine Club Chile meet Mike Soldner 07798 903582 READ REPORT *
12th-13th February weekend -Scottish Winter Meet- Potteries Bunkhouse, Laggan. 12th-13th Feb. Martin Gillie (0131
Scottish winter meet booked at the popular Potteries Bunkhose in Laggan midway between the Nevis Range and the Cairngorms with Creag Meagaidh on the doorstep. Lots of opportunities for winter climbing, walking and ski-touring.
March 12-13th - Welsh meet - Cwm Glas CC hut in Llanberis Pass Toto Gronlund 01202 668843
We have the whole hut booked that takes 11 people at £15 per head for the weekend. AC members can come early on Thursday and/or leave on Monday: rate is £9 pp for the extra nights if used.
Certainly in the heart of the climbing, if we have a late winter a direct walk to Parsley fern gully while if the sun is on the south-facing crags, it could be T-shirt climbing.
April - Cheddar and the Mendips - This meet has been postponed until November - contact Stuart Worsfold.
April 29th – May 20th – Canada – Ski-touring - The Franklin Traverse of the Coast Range in British Columbia. – Stu Gallagher 01913730451 See “M.A.M.B.O. COUNTRY!” in the November issue of the AC newsletter for an account of an attempt in 2009. Stu Gallagher was so impressed that he is going back in 2010 along with Peter Moody whose idea it was originally for a 14 day self-sufficient traverse of the Mount Waddington range. More details
12th – 26th May - Atlas Mountains (joint ABMSAC/AC)
High Atlas trek including the ascent of Toubkal and three other 4000m summits. Co-ordinator -Alasdair Andrews tel 0131 667 1529. Further details.
21st-23rd May – Peak District – Steve Hunt
GET YOUR MIDDLES PAINTED AT THE PEAK MEET BBQ!
This year the peak district meet will be held at Stoney Middleton in Derbyshire. Slightly later than in previous years, but hopefully this will give us a better chance to get on some dry rock. We will be based at a small hut for 12 with a real fire, and only 200m from the Moon PH, and on Saturday night we will arrange a BBQ. Also I will be bring some official Beal rope paint so people can renew their middle marks for free.
If you are interested let Steve Hunt know on 01924 463036 or email to Alpinet address.
4th - 6th June - Yorkshire/Lancashire
The Yorkshire Ramblers Club have extended an invitation to a joint meet at their Lowstern hut in Clapham.This area of the Yorkshire Dales offers caving, rock climbing and fell walking. The two previous joint meets were a great success. To reserve places contact:
Albert Chapman - phone 015242 42556 or e-mail to my Alpinet address.
11th -13th June - Scotland, North West Highlands
Come and enjoy some of the finest mountain scenery in Great Britain. 10 places for AC members and guests at The Smiddy the JMCS (Edinburgh) hut at Dundonnell (www.edinburghjmcs.org.uk/huts/huts.php). £12 pp for two nights. The alpine ridge traverse of An Teallach is on the doorstep, great cragging is close at hand and the famous sea-cliffs of Reiff are within striking distance. For those who feel like a walk there are plenty of Munros for pre-season fitness training! The plan is to have an informal pub dinner on the Saturday night in the nearby Dundonnell Hotel (walking distance!) Those based out of Scotland welcome - it may be possible to stay longer, and the hut is an easy two hours from Inverness airport. Contact me, Jonty Mills by e-mail at my Alpinet address, or phone 0131 478 0776. Meet Report
26th June-10th July 2010 - Early Season Alpine Meet, Cogne
Why not come to Val D’Aosta in the Italian Alps to sample the splendid
climbing in the mountains of Cogne? Popular in the 19^th century and
with modern-day ice-climbers, this area has been almost forgotten by
British alpinists but is an excellent early season venue. There are many
peaks in the range 3500-4000m with routes of all types and grades,
mostly accessed from small bivouac huts. Obvious targets include La
Grivola, Herbetet and the Gran Paradiso from an unusual (and much
superior) side. Based at Camping Lo Stambecco in Valnontey. Details and
further information from Martin Gillie, 0131 4401528.Meet Report
15th-29th July - Caucasus Rock Climbing Meet CANCELLED because of lack of interest.
A great opportunity to climb Alpine rock routes in a unusual location in Georgia.
No queues, good rock and a chance to network with local climbers.
Co-ordinator: Janis Ventins. Details
17th – 24th July-Mandarfen, Pitztal (joint ABMSAC/AC)
Hotel based meet, D,B&B from 40.5 euros pppn. Co-ordinator - Alasdair Andrews tel 0131 667 1529. Meet Report.
24 July to 31 July-Neustift, Stubaital (joint ABMSAC/AC)
Hotel based meet, D,B&B from 41 euros pppn. Co-ordinator - Alasdair Andrews tel 0131 667 1529. Meet Report
24th July to 8th August - 2010 Joint Alpine Meet: AC/CC/FRCC/ABMSAC.
Arranged jointly for the Alpine Club, ABMSAC, Climbers Club & FRCC and their guests, for whom members accept responsibility. In addition to climbs and walks from Val Bregaglia, it is an easy journey via the Maloja pass into the Bernina.
The campsite is Camping Mulina CH-7603 Vicosoprano which is about 1 km NE of the centre of the village and is sign posted from the main road. We used this site for our last meet in the area. . www.camping-vicosoprano.ch. For local information see www.bregaglia.ch.
The Alpine Club Bernina and Bregaglia guide covers the area.
For rock climbs there is also plaisir sud (recommended, which also covers Ailefroide, the 2011 venue) & Bregaglia selected climbs, both available from Cordee
Although it is not essential to book & if you are in the area, please drop in and make yourself known. The campsite has asked for numbers, so if you are planning to attend, please let me know if possible by the end of June, together with your anticipated day of arrival.
For further details contact the co-ordinator, Mike Pinney on 01935 428131 or e-mail -address in handbook.
7th August - YRC trip to Bolivia’s Quimsa Cruz –three or four weeks
We have received an invitation to join a Yorkshire Ramblers Club meet in the Quimsa Cruz.
The Quimsa Cruz provides a microcosm of the Andes mountains; summits cloaked in perpetual snows, sweeping glaciers, granite peaks, multi-coloured lakes, deep gorges, woodlands, old tin mines, an variety of birds and plants and the mystical (thin) atmosphere of the rugged Andes - unforgettable. The range is the one remaining significant mountain group in Bolivia not yet visited by the YRC in the last 30 years.
The YRC intends about 10 days tourism/acclimatisation trek in to the area before a week or two in an area with considerable new route potential. Google Imperial Quimsa Cruz Report for an impression of the intended climbing area.
Anyone who didn't manage last year's AC Andean meet would be welcome to join the party. Expressions of firm interest by the mid November to Michael Smith ( 07814010165 or email) would be appreciated though later joining may be practicable.
28th August - 11th September - Rocking in the Dolomites!
Joint meet AC/CC/ABMSAC/FRCC based in Cortina.
Co-ordinator Jeff Harris 07816459235 (NB new address & home phone no. from end Feb.)
4th - 12th September – Cornwall – Joint AC/CC meet at the Count House, Bosigran
Contact Ron or Ruth Chambers - 07890 782636
24 September to 22 October 2010. Indian Himalaya Jiwa Nala 2010 Expedition.
This will be an exploratory mountaineering expedition to the Jiwa Nala valley of the Great Himalayan National Park. After flying to Delhi we shall travel by train to Chandigarth followed by road to Neuli to the south of the National Park. From here it will be a 4 day trek to our proposed base camp within a cirque of 5000m peaks at the head of the valley. We hope to attempt some of these mountains which we believe have not been hitherto climbed. Initial estimates are that it will be around £500 for the flight from London to Delhi plus a further £1150 for in country costs. Those interested should contact either Martin Scott or Derek Buckle (Alpinet or Handbook email address) for further details. Report.
15th to 23rd October - Iran International meet
Meet organised between the Iranian Alpine Club, the French Alpine Club (Groupe de Haute Montagne) and the Alpine Club. New routing on large scale limestone wall in Bisotoon. Contact: Francoise Call Report; Video
22nd & 23rd October - Reunion Meet - George Starkey Hut, Patterdale
An opportunity for all participants in 2010 meets to share memories, slides and data projections as well as getting out on the hill together again. Mike Pinney 01935 428131.
12th - 14th November - Cheddar and the Mendips - This is a joint meet with the Shepton Mallet caving club to be held at their hut in the village of Priddy. Easy access to Chedder Gorge and Avon plus other crags and quarries. Members of the caving club are offering members of the AC a chance to be taken down some of Mendips finests cave for those who would like.
Contact Stuart Worsfold by e-mail or Alpinet.
22nd November – 22nd December 2010 – Alpine Club Expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula
A sail, ski & climbing expedition open to AC members with suitable background experience. Co-ordinator - Phil Wickens. See Phil's Report.