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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UK Alpine Introductory Meet 2021
From Friday 04 June 2021
To Sunday 06 June 2021
Contact Nigel Buckley
Friday 04 June 2021

Meeting on the Friday evening at the hut, this is a skills transfer meet, based at the George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, in the Lake District over the Saturday and Sunday.
The focus will be on transferring techniques to Aspirant Members who wish to improve their alpine skills, and to Full Members in need of a refresher after a break from alpine climbing.

Informal guidance will be provided from more experienced members within the club, such as Nick Kekus, Sandy Allan, Victor Saunders and Rob Collister (the team will be confirmed nearer the time). .

Topics will range from what to put into your rucksack to some basic Alpine mountaineering skills


George Starkey Hut – Patterdale, NE Lake District

Getting there and away:

George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, NE Lakes

Main Road (A592), Patterdale Village, Cumbria.  Nearest Postcode: CA11 0NN

Grid Ref – NY 396162 (OS Outdoor Leisure Map No 5)

You will be responsible for your own transport but lift shares / pick-ups may be able to be arranged closer to the time.


Attendees: £30 for the weekend (Fri and Sat nights) to cover the cost of accommodation and some communal food.


Reservations essential. Please send any queries and your application form to:

Nigel Buckley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and John da Silva This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application form

Information sheet

Cheques sent to Nigel Buckley at: Alpine Club Library, 55/56 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3QF

Location George Starkey Hut