The Alpine Club, the world’s first mountaineering club, was founded in 1857.  For over 150 years, members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration. 

With membership, experienced and aspiring alpinists benefit from a varied meets programme, regional lectures with notable guest speakers, reduced rates at many alpine huts, opportunity to apply for grants to support expeditions, significant discounts at many UK retailers, extensive networking contacts, access to the AC Library and maps - and more! 

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Here is a list of Alpine Club meets. Select additional pages using the numbers at the bottom. A list of past meets is can be seen by clicking here.

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 if it's just for an evening drink.

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 coordinator.

Before attending please read the Meet Guidelines.

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Events Calendar

AC Tatra Meet 2021
From Saturday 25 September 2021
To Sunday 03 October 2021
Contact Rafal Malczyk
Saturday 25 September 2021

Oko is one of the most interesting climbing locations in the Tatra Mountains. It is a lake surrounded by big mountains like Mieguszowieckie Szyty, Cubryna and Rysy. Climbing here is varied and challenging. It is mainly on granite and it is mainly trad. Routes are from 3 to 20 (or so) pitches long and there are lots of options at all levels of difficulty. Descents are often tricky and require either multiple abseils or scrambling down from the summits. There are also several sport crags and alpine style ridges that are usually quite exposed but in good weather give fantastic views of the Tatras.

By the lake, there is an old mountain hut built in 1874. For over 150 years it’s been a meeting place of Polish alpinists. It is also a perfect base for climbing. Approaches usually take 1 to 2 hours from the hut. It can be quite busy on weekends when lots of tourists come here from Zakopane to have szarlotka (apple pie – classic!) but during the week it is normally much more quite while only mountaineers stay in the hut.

This is the 4th time I would like to invite Alpine Club members to the Tatras. If you are interested in coming to this meet or need more information, please contact Rafal Malczyk (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Plan of the meet:

25.09 (Saturday) – meeting in Krakow;
26.09 (Sunday) – early morning bus to Zakopane (2 hours) and Palenica Bialcznska(45 minutes) and walk to the hut (about 2 hours);
27.09 (Monday) – climbing;
28.09 (Tuesday) – climbing;
29.09 (Wednesday) – climbing;
30.09 (Thursday) – climbing;
01.10 (Friday) – climbing;
02.10 (Saturday) – climbing and return to Krakow in the evening, dinner and drinks in Krakow;
03.10 (Sunday) – end of the meet, flights back home.