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 2014

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 details 


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.
Contact Bruce Packard, Mobile: 078 8195 4693

1st to 30th June 2014. Open Expedition to the Cordillera Blanca Region of Peru - FULL
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

27th/29th June  - Note revised date 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 jenna.margaret.robinson@gmail.com or 07713 097 612

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 - 19th 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.
Co-ordinator: John Temple 01946 723123

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.

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).
Organiser: 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.


Download a MEET APPLICATION FORM

 

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