Alpine Club Meets

The Alpine Club is a national club and has members dispersed all over the country and the world. The Meets programme provides great opportunities for fellow members to get to know each other in the climbing areas of the UK and the mountains of the world. UK meets in particular offer the chance for members to drop in, even for just an evening drink, although if attending a dinner it is important to let the co-ordinator know in order to cater for the correct number. Sometimes there are after-dinner speakers and again members are welcome to just turn up for the talk. New members have often attended meets as guests of members before they joined and their presence on meets is particularly welcome both to widen their circle of acquaintance and to assist with maintaining that tradition of openness to prospective members. Non-members may attend meets as guests of members at the discretion of the meet co-ordinator. A 'co-ordinator' is designated for each AC meet.

General queries and suggestions should be addressed to to the Meets Secretary

A general guide to the operation of AC meets is given in the General Meets Guide, and specific guidelines for Meets co-ordinators in Guidelines for Meet Co-ordinators & Expedition Leaders.

Transport and accommodation arrangements and options may be facilitated by the meet co-ordinator although members are always free to book their own and just participate in the activities of the meet on a day to day basis.   There are no application forms for UK Meets but for all others please download  APPLICATION FORMS . They should be returned with any deposit required to meet co-ordinators as an email attachment or by post .

The names of meet organisers are shown below. For e-mail addresses see  Alpinet or the Members' Handbook.
Joint meets are open to members and their guests for whom the member accepts responsibility.
Longer and more complex AC "Meets" may be found on the Expeditions page. 

 

Meets 2015

 

2015

13th/14th February. Scottish Winter Meet, Corran Bunkhouse ( http://www.corranbunkhouse.co.uk)
This sociable (unless you spend too long on your route!) meet returns to Corran, which we have previously found to be an excellent venue. Weather will be guaranteed. The hut is between Glencoe and Ben Nevis, but is also within easy reach of Creag Meagaidh, Glen Shiel and Argour (and for those going South on Sunday even more opportunities).  The cost will be£16 a night.
For details contact Roger Everett via Alpinet.

20th- 23rd March Joint AC/ABMSAC meet
Based at Fassfern House, Locheil, roughly mid-way between Fort William and Glenfinnan. There are numerous Corbetts in the vicinity, and big hills such as the Aonachs and Ben Nevis within easy driving distance. Fassfern House provides very comfortable accommodation on a self catering basis. The cost will be about £60 per person for the 3 nights.
Contact John Dempster for full details.

1st - 4th May. Derbyshire meet, joint with ABMSAC/AC.
Based at the Royal Oak at Hurdlow, Derbyshire. There is a Bunk Barn and Camping on-site. See: www.peakpub.co.uk website. You can either book directly or via Andy. If booking directly, please inform Andy. Saturday night meal to be pre-ordered from the Main Menu, and weather permitting a BBQ on Sunday.
Meet coordinator: Andy Burton burtonandy@hotmail.co.uk.

9th - 16th May. Glen Brittle - Joint meet with Craven Pothole Club.
After an enjoyable meet in 2013 we will return to be one of the first parties to use the refurbished Glen Brittle Memorial Hut.  Although Skye does have  some caves, there are no plans for caving at present, but there will be a strong cavers influence on the arrangements. Cost £70 (increased because the hut is now smarter). Hut details can be seen  http://www.gbmh.co.uk/ .  
Meet Co-ordinator: Paul McWhinney via Alpinet.

2015 AC Open Expedition to Bolivia EXPEDITION FULL
We are again planning to run an AC open expedition to South America in 2015, and this time it will be to the Cordillera Real region of Bolivia. We are currently thinking of a one month expedition between 30 May and 28 June 2015, although there may be a little flexibility on these dates. The plan is to fly to La Paz and after a few days acclimatising to travel via Sorata and to Coyoco by road. From here it will be a trek into the Casiri-Calzada region where we would establish a base camp. Although we have still to finalise plans, this area should offer a variety of climbs (possibly including some new routes) as well as attempting more established climbs on Casiri itself and the surrounding mountains. The aim is to keep well away from the more popular climbing venues and approximate costs will be around £1800-2000, inclusive of flights. The expedition is open to all AC members.
Please contact Derek Buckle if you are interested in joining this expedition, but note that we hope to keep the numbers down to a maximum of ten participants.

6th June to the 4th July. AC Open Expedition to Eren Habirga, Tien Shan
The AC’s open expeditions are always popular and this year we are planning to run a second expedition, to the unexplored Heyuan massif in the Eren Habirga range in Xinjiang Province of China. The proposed dates are from 6th June to the 4th July, though there may be some flexibility. The plan is to fly to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, and drive from there in one day to the road head above the village of Kangjia Shimenzi, where we will load gear onto horses (or camels, if we can get them). From then on, we would be the first foreigners to follow a series of tracks leading to the unclimbed peaks at the head of the Jurbai valley. The main aim will be to explore and document the northern approaches to the massif with the first ascents including Peak 4932 and Heyuan, 5289m, on the menu, though the latter looks to be a particularly formidable objective. Approximate costs will be £2,000-£2,600 inclusive of flights, dependent on numbers. The expedition is open to all AC members.
Please contact John Town, j.m.town@mac.com for further details if you are interested in joining this expedition, but note that we hope to keep the numbers down to a maximum of ten participants.”

Photo caption: Heyuan 5289m (upper left) and Peak 4932 (snow dome, centre right), Eren Habirga Range.

26th-28th June 2015. AC New Members Meet - George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, Lakes
A meet aimed primarily at new and prospective members of the Club (whether full or aspirant), and those who perhaps have joined less recently but have yet to come along to a club meet. A great opportunity to find out more about the club, meet others in the club to walk, scramble and climb with, and to share ideas for future trips and meets. Cost £10 per person per night – max. 20 places available. To book a place please contact Jonathan White on white528@btinternet.com or 07779 144528.

6th-10th July. Kelynack, St Just, Penzance, Cornwall. Camping meet. www.kelynackholidays.co.uk.
Climbing: Fantatsic well protected, steep, mid-grade granite; with cider, cream teas and pasties all just an instant away. Some surf for those who get tired of well protected, steep, exposed sun drenched rock. Venues: Chair Ladder, Bosigran, Sennen, Gunards Head, Kendijack. Routes on your list: Alisons Rib (Diff), Pegasus (S), Demo Route(HS), Anvil Chorus (VS4c) Little Brown Jug (VS5a) Astral Stroll(E15b)... and on and on into upper Es. Cost: £6.50 per pitch per night for camping. B&B, static caravan and self catering accommodation available. Meet Coordinator: James Woodhouse, Contact: via ALPINET or 01561 362220 ext 213.

10th-12th July. Swanage - Joint Eagle Ski Club/AC camping meet. http://www.actonfieldcampsite.co.uk/.
Based at Langton Matravers, a chance hopefully to enjoy the fine summer Dorset weather. Located within easy walking distance of coastal climbing and walking. There is also good biking and walking inland, beach access a couple of miles away, and good food is available in local pubs. For music lovers, it is also the weekend of the Swanage Jazz Festival. The meet is open to families and guests of members. There will be a large tent, to allow for some socialising and a BBQ one evening, weather dependant. The cost is £6 pppn. Please contact John before the meet, so he can confirm numbers with the campsite. Contact: John Kentish, john.kentish@btinternet.com.

18th July - 8th August. Alpine Meet Argentiere - Joint with ABMSAC, CC, FRCC, SMC, LSCC, Wayfarers and Yeovil MC MEET FULL
It is 12 years since the AC Alpine meet visited the Chamonix valley so a meet in the area is long overdue. For 2015 we will be based at Camping du Glacier D'Argentiere (www.campingchamonix.com). There is something for everybody in the area, hard mountain routes, easy mountain routes and everything in between, masses of recently developed sport and trad climbing in the Aiguille Rouge with superb views over the Mont Blanc range, a whole guidebook of valley cragging for when the weather is not so good, walking, mountain biking and of course plenty of retail therapy opportunities for when the weather is really inclement !
The campsite is very friendly with free hot water, showers and WiFi. Bread and croissants are available in the morning, & there is even a pizza van on site twice a week. Booking is not possible but there are usually spaces available and we will have the group tent again for use as a meeting place. The guest card gives free bus and rail travel within the Chamonix valley.
Contact:: Keith Lambley: alpinemeet@yahoo.co.uk

30 Aug - 13 Sept - Alpine Aspirants Meet
Calling Alpine Aspirants - those in their 1st or 2nd Alpine season, or lapsed Alpinists who wish to relive the adventures of their youth.
As last year the location will be in the Saastaal valley of Switzerland (the next valley east of Zermatt and the Matterhorn), with access to over a dozen 4000m peaks, with many routes in the lower grades.
Accommodation in hotel and adjacent campsite, plus free ski-lifts and buses throughout the valley.
Initial safety training and glacier instruction from professional guides.
Ideas, suggestions, and expressions of interest to barry.speed@tekservice.co.uk or 07967 676737

 

1st-12th September. Count House, Bosigran, Cornwall - Joint CC/AC meet.
A joint meet with the CC based at the splendidly located Count House. Rock climbing on superb Cornish granite within an easy walk from the hut and miles of coastal walking, possibly in autumnal sunshine. Contact: Ruth Chambers, 01768 88488; ruth.chambers4@gmail.com.

 

25th – 27th September 2015. Reunion Meet George Starkey Hut, (ABMSAC) Patterdale
This meet is open to all members, but is likely to be of greatest interest to members who have attended meets through the year. There will be the normal daytime climbing and walking activities and a communal meal on Saturday night. Afterwards there will be an opportunity for brief presentations of photographs, from the year's meets, and a chance to plan for next year. Hut details: http://www.abmsac.org.uk/huts.html
Contact: John Kentish, on Alpinet for further information.

2-11 October. Riasg, Roy Bridge, Central Highlands - Joint CC/AC meet.
Hoping for a post-monsoon (and post-midge) weather window in autumn. The ten day trip is long enough to justify the trip north and is bracketed by weekends to tempt those who have more time constraints. Ten places are booked but there are plenty more available. Riasg is a comfortable former B&B about 20 miles from Fort William with Glencoe, Cairngorms and Skye with an hour or two's driving and thus access to a bunch of classic rock routes as well as more Munroes than any sensible sasenach would want to set foot on. It may be possible to reserve places for a couple of nights in the CIC for those with Ben Nevis routes on their tick list. Contact: John Temple, djteskdale@gmail.com

October (1st half), Moroccan Anti Atlas Meet
Imagine. The heat of summer is waning and the lowering clouds of autumn are dampening your climbing ambitions. You're fit and eager after the summer's cragging but the winter ice is still just a distant hope. Salvation now beckons in the shape of an adventure on the edge of Europe.

Think of balmy days with short walk-ins to spectacular crack or ridge routes on sound golden quartzite, 10, 15 pitches VD to E6, something
for everyone and still opportunities to discover new routes. Think of easing away the rigours of the day in the hammam (Moroccan steam
baths). Think of comfortable nights in a 13th century fortified granary. Think of Kasbah Tizourgane and the Moroccan Anti Atlas in
the first half of October.

Flights from Gatwick/Manchester to Agadir, less than two hours drive to the north side of Jebel el Kest and Jebel Taskra. The area is relatively remote, and there will be a limit to the number of participants; several climbers, male and female, have already committed.
http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=4974; http://www.moroccorock.com/; http://www.tizourgane-kasbah.com/

For more information contact Nick Smith, nhsmith@talk21.com, and president@alpine-club.org.uk


Download a MEET APPLICATION FORM

Archives for 2014

Archives for 2013

Archives for 2012

Archives for 2011

Archives for 2010

Archives for 2009

Archives for 2008                                    



ALPINE CLUB, 55/56 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3QF
Telephone: (+44) (0)20 7613 0755       Email: admin@alpine-club.org.uk