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.

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
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.

18th July - 8th August. Alpine Meet Argentiere - Joint with ABMSAC, CC, FRCC, SMC, LSCC, Wayfarers and Yeovil MC
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.

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.

 

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