Alpine Club Symposia

The Alpine Club hosts symposia from time to time, covering a wide range of mountain regions, with the aim of encouraging exploration and climbing. Organised by members of The Alpine Club, this event focuses on the mountains of a particular area, or on a specific aspect of mountaineering. Each symposium runs for a whole day and is typically held at a weekend in the Lake District, North Wales or the Peak District. During the day experts on the subject, including top mountaineers from around the world, give a series of illustrated presentations, creating an event that is both informative and inspiring. Take a look at the impressive list of speakers at recent and forthcoming symposia to see why these events are so popular. The symposia are usually open to members (at a discount) and non-members.

Symposia are particularly useful for anyone planning an expedition or looking for new places to visit. Many expeditions have started in the bar after a symposium; but be warned: these events can be dangerously inspirational!

The AC usually arranges discount at a hotel or books a climbing hut for members to stay during the weekend, and organises a dinner.. Being located in a climbing area, many members climb together on the Sunday, making for an enjoyable weekend.

2014 Symposium, November 29th at Palace Hotel, Buxton

"How to Do It":

How to Plan and Organise a Mountaineering Expedition

The symposium takes a practical view on how to organise, fund, plan and execute a mountaineering trip to the Alps or the Greater Ranges. The symposium will feature a panel of experienced alpinists who have been there and done it, together with a selection of speakers who will cover most aspects involved in carrying out a mountaineering expedition.

10.00 -10.45 Becky Coles The nuts and bolts for expedition planning  
10.45 - 11.30 George Cave Technology Support for Expeditions

11.30 - 12.15 Julian Freeman-Attwood Access from a boat: Expeditions to the Antarctic and Tierra del Fuego  
12.15 - 13.00 Lunch    
13.00 - 13.45 Panel Discussion Chaired by Stephen Goodwin All speakers contribute
13.45 - 14.30 Twid Turner Big Wall Climbing
14.30 - 15.15 Victor Saunders Commercial Expeditions  





PREVIOUS SYMPOSIA   These are as originally published and are not necessarily precise records of what took place.

2013 (November 30th) 2013 Symposium - The European Alps The Palace Hotel - Buxton. Saturday 30th November 9.00am.European Alps

2012 (December 1st) Mountains of the Ex USSR

2011: (November 26th): China

2007: (February 3rd): 150 Years of the Alpine Club

2006: (September 30th): UIAA Climbing & Mountain Medicine

2005: (December 3rd):  East of the Himalaya

2004: (November 27th): South America

2003: (November 29th): Mountains of Canada

2003: (December 6th): Ski Mountaineering

2001: (December 1st): Climbing in Nepal 

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