18th to 30th January. Joint Ice Meet with CC.
The (5th) RJUKAN 2014 Ice Fest Meet will be at the superb Gjestegård
Hostel in Rjukan.
These dates may be too long a duration for some, but as we apply a ‘come
and go whenever you please’ arrangement, these are the full Meet dates.
As for climbing partners, we always have had, over four great meets so
far, a good scene going with flexibility in climbing teams, and have
always been able to organise ourselves into great teams, even if members
are on their own, or teams are not already applied to hire car teams.
A full information sheet can be **downloaded** and Smiler can also email
you a powerpoint presentation if you are unfamiliar with the area.
Further information / bookings: Smiler Cuthbertson via Alpinet
7th/8th February. Scottish Winter Meet.
This will at the Corran Bunkhouse ( http://www.corranbunkhouse.co.uk), which we have previously found to be an excellent venue.
This is between Glencoe and Ben Nevis and also within easy reach of
Creag Megaidh, Glen Shiel and Argour. The cost is £16 a night. For
March 13th Joint meet with Alpine Ski Club - Svaneti, Georgia
Svaneti is a remote region in West Georgia, only 15 miles or so from Elbrus on the Russian side. The villages of Mestia and Mazeri are
around 1300m, so with the peaks approaching 4000m, means that some high altitude camping at around 2000m+ for three or four days is likely. The high camp would allow 3-4 different tours from that base (so there would onlybe one big carry).
Those not keen on the high camp could do day tours from the village, however it is unlikely day tours will reach peaks or even ridges/passes
given the height differential.
Cost of the trip is £1500-2000 including flights (cost of flights £400-£500). Bruce has established contacted with Gia, a Tbilisi based
guide who has experience of leading Western trekkers in the summer in the Svaneti region, and winter ascents of Kazbeg and Elbrus with Eagle Ski Club members.
Bruce Packard, Mobile: 078 8195 4693 REPORT
1st to 30th June 2014. Open Expedition to the Cordillera Blanca Region of Peru
Derek Buckle is planning an AC Open Expedition to Peru’s Cordillera Blanca for one month during June 2014. The intention is to fly from the UK to Lima from where we shall take the luxury bus to Huaraz to meet with our local agents. From Huaraz we plan to acclimatize in one of the lower valleys, such as Ishinca, before attempting Yanapacha (5460m) via its west face at PD+. With this behind us other key objectives would be Artesonraju (6025m) via its north ridge at D, Quitaraju (6040m) via its west ridge at AD- and possibly Alpamayo (5947m) by the Ferrari route at AD+. There are literally hundreds of opportunities in the Cordillera Blanca and our itinerary will be refined over the coming months. There may well be opportunities to accommodate those who only wish to spend 3 weeks away as we shall be moving between valleys during our stay in Peru. If you are interested please send an application form to Derek (details in Handbook) to reserve your place. The party is likely to be limited to 10 participants with an estimated cost of £1600 to £2,000, depending on flights, all inclusive.
Contact: Derek Buckle REPORT
27th/29th June New Members Meet, George Starkey Hut (ABMSAC) Patterdale
Come along to enjoy the hills and crags of Patterdale in fine Spring
weather and learn what the Club is all about. This is an informal
opportunity to meet the committee and other members of the Club and if
you don't know a proposer this is a good opportunity to meet up with one.
Contact & Booking: Jenna Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org or 07713 097 612 REPORT
5th-12th July – Pontresina, Switzerland Joint meet with the ABMSAC
This is a hotel based meet at Pontresina in the Engadine, one of the most beautiful areas of the Alps and an excellent centre for both walking and climbing. There is the bonus that the hotel reservation includes free use of all cable-cars, buses and trains in the Upper Engadine. Accommodation has been booked at the 3* Hotel Engadinerhof, at a cost of SF770 pp for the week, half board, for twin rooms with private facilities; if anyone wishes to stay for a second week, this can be arranged.
Further information from Pamela Harris-Andrews
12th - 20th July: Pontese Gran Paradiso Italy - Joint with ABMSAC, CC, FRCC, SMC & Wayfarers
The Gran Paradiso pre-meet, primarily based at Rifugio Pontese, but there is the option of camping in the Orco valley. Plenty of “trad” climbing in an Alpine setting. The new guide book, Piantonetto e Valsoera 2012 by G Predan & R Sartore is now available. For the Orco valley, Maurizio Oviglia’s guide is available in English.
The Orco Valley is an area of superb granite but with a bias to the grades to which I used to aspire but can now only admire. For those happy with 5a (UK) there is an abundance of sunny, accessible, varied rock climbing. Maurizio Oviglio’s guide books will literally give you the picture. A world-class venue. There is a handful of alpine peaks round the head of the valley up against the French frontier. The Tre Levanna are the most impressive of these exceeding 3,500m and probably best approached (from the Leonesi hut) early in the season. There is excellent walking on the quite demanding Alta Via Canavese and along the easier trails in the valley. There are several huts, private and Italian Alpine Club, but we plan to use the campsite La Peschiera (near the western end of the road tunnel) between Noasca and Ceresole Reale for a couple of nights before we move to the wonderful Rifugio Pontese at the head of the Piantonetto Valley. This is a private hut, noted like Blackpool fresh air and fun but there the similarity ends. Perched on a great crag above the Teleccio reservoir it is framed by half a dozen or so aiguilles. These offer classic routes from easy ridge scrambles to the big walls of the Becco di Valsoera. At the easier grades have given me some of the most enjoyable climbing I have ever had. There is an abundance of cragging. Bolted slabs 15 minutes from the hut; Cornish type trad. Granite (20 mins). Skye type ridges an hour away. Arecent guide book gives the details and there is scope for new routes. Both the adjacent valleys offer great climbing but the Piccola Uja di Ciardonei and Monte Destrera in the Valsoera are amazing. Even more amazing is the probability that you will have your route to yourselves – an undiluted delight when you recall the crowds on the Chamonix classics.
The Rifugio Pontese is accessed by a dramatic mountain road, nominally closed to the public by the power company but really always open – at your own risk! You park by the dam at 1900m, I have never heard of cars being broken into – the parking is overlooked by the control room! There is a fine walk (taking about 40 minutes) to the hut at 2,200m. If you are in Luck your bag may be taken up on the service cable. I’ll see what I can fix. The hut itself is a delight. Fabulous food, wonderful wine, brilliant beer and a welcome echoing with laughter. I have gone back ten times in as many years. Hope to see you there.
I expect to stay on for an extra week and do some high level walking and low standard climbing. You are welcome to join me.
Co-ordinator: John Temple 01946 723123 07906 593204
19th July - 9th August - Cogne I Gran Paradiso Italy - Joint with ABMSAC, CC, FRCC, SMC & Wayfarers
A new venue, the meet will be based at either the Lilaz or Valnonetey camp site at the head of the Cogne valley on the northern side of the Gran Paradiso-see article by Martin Gillie in The Alpine Journal 2010/11 p143. “Alpine Climbing in The Mountains of Cogne”. In addition to walking, Alpine, trad rock & sports climbing in the Gran Paradiso, the southern side of the M Blanc massif and the west & sou thern side of the Valais Alps are within easy commuting distance. Co-ordinator:
Keith Lambley (email@example.com)
1st - 14th September - Saas Fee Unofficial Appirants' Meet
Calling all Aspirant Alpinists - those on their 1st or 2nd Alpine season, or those lapsed Alpinists who would like to relive some earlier adventures.
The location is chosen for its accessibility to a large number of 4000m peaks with routes in the lower grades. A bonus is that all buses and ski lifts are free throughout the valley.The dates are chosen to be after the main holidays, when huts and ski lifts (and the mountains) are less crowded, but weather still good. Accommodation is in a clean and friendly hotel, with the option of a campsite right next door (campers can also eat in the hotel).
Barry Speed, or 07967 676737
17th/19th October - Reunion Meet George Starkey Hut, (ABMSAC) Patterdale
A chance for all those who have participated in AC meets in 2014 to get together & and share experiences.
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