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. 




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 (, 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.

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 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.

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

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 (

21 Aug to 26 Aug - Snowdonia, Capel Curig joint meet, organised by the Eagles Ski Club
Informal Invitation to Eagles Ski Club August Bank Holiday meet in Snowdonia. This is based at the well located North London Mountaineering Club Barn at Capel Curig - The hut will be available from 6pm Thursday  until noon Tuesday, for anybody wishing to stay longer to avoid the traffic / do more. The cost is £5.00 per person, per night.

Situation: Just off the A5, approximately three miles to the west of Betws-y-Coed and a quarter of a mile before the Tyn-y-Coed Hotel. Turn
right into a large car park with the Bryn Glo café on its corner, just after the Capel Curig road sign and lay-by which you will see on the
left. A stile at the back of the car park gives onto a path which leads in one hundred yards to the hut. Grid Ref: SH 737 573. There is plenty
of parking but please do NOT park immediately outside the cafe or the houses.

Contact: John Kentish via Alpinet

30th August 2014 to 13th September - Cornwall. Joint meet with the Climbers' Club at the Count House
We are invited to join the CC for rock climbing and coast walking based at Bosigran.
Co-ordinator - Ruth Chambers ( Count House Phone No 01736 796960

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

17th/19th October - Reunion Meet George Starkey Hut, (ABMSAC) Patterdale
This 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 to show your pictures from the year's meets, and a chance to plan for next year.
Contact: John Kentish, on Alpinet for further information.


13th/14th February. Scottish Winter Meet, Corran Bunkhouse (
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 .  
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.

July August. Summer Alpine Meet
The Summer meet will be in Argentiere, which we have not visited for a while, and will be co-ordinated by Keith Lambley.

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:
Contact: John Kentish, on Alpinet for further information.



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