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Club Organised Events (Club Organised Events)

Club Organised Events

AAC(UK) members organise a wide and varied programme of activities for their fellow members, ranging from day walks through UK weekend meets to full weeks and longer at home and abroad.

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The walks programme is gradually returning to normal, while carefully following the latest government guidance on social distancing. Pre-booking is still required, and last minute changes to advertised plans are still more likely than usual. Please contact the organiser of the walk for further details, and to register for a place on the walk

Booking: Pre-registration is required. Please contact the Event Organiser as listed on the event information to express interest in attending.

Upcoming Events
Guidance & Additional Information
Upcoming Events

2022


January 29 (Saturday): North Wessex Downs, Berks - *UPDATED*

Event information updated 15/12/2021.

Meet Cholsey Station 10.09 (Paddington 08.57 – check!) Aston Tirrold, Lowbury Hill (360° viewpoint, and quick snack), Ridgeway, Thurle Grange, Common Wood, Streatley (late lunch at the Bull Inn), Goring Railway Station. Return by train to Cholsey, or to Reading and London. 10 miles [E170].

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February 5 (Saturday): A walk along the Mendip Hills

Walk through the rolling Mendip hills, including parts of West Mendip Way, Hill fort of Dolebury Warren, Black Down & Velvet Bottom. Gentle to moderate, mainly on tracks, & minor roads. Please book no later than 9.30am on Thursday 3 February.

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February 19 (Saturday): Place Fell from Patterdale, Eastern Lakes

Meet Patterdale Cricket pitch car park (grid reference NY 389160) at 9.00am. Car parking costs £5 for the day. Boredale Hause - Place Fell - The Knight- Scalehow force - Sandwick. Hallin Fell - Martindale - Beda Fell - Bordale Hause - Patterdale. Ascent 2000ft (610m), 11 miles (17.5km).

Good views of Helvellyn range and Ullswater.

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Place Fell and Ullswater by Mike Childszoom
Place Fell and Ullswater by Mike Childs
 

February 19 (Saturday): Hangers on the Hampshire Border

Meet Liphook Station 10.01 (Waterloo 08.45 – check!). Sussex Border Path, Hatch Hanger, Maysleith Hanger, Rake (lunch at The Flying
Bull), Chapel Common, Weaver Down, Liphook Station. 11.5miles, 322m of ascent [E133].

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Guidance & Additional Information

Please support the AAC(UK) by offering to lead a day walk in your area: e-mail the relevant coordinator to discuss your ideas.

This walking programme provides an opportunity for members to meet one another and keep their walking fitness while not in the Alps.

Most of the walks in the South of England are organised to start at a railway station with a train connection to a central London mainline station. Walk start times are usually based around the published railway timetables. Be aware that these times can change at short notice due to essential railway maintenance work, so please check before you set out.

If severe weather warnings are given, contact the designated walk leader or the AAC(UK) Office beforehand.

Most of the Southern walks, have a pub stop for lunch, followed by the second stage of the walk in the afternoon. Please do not consume your own food or drink at the pubs. Pubs often prefer you to remove your boots, or put plastic bags over them.

Do you need to book for a Day Walk? – Yes, please book by emailing the leader. We made booking compulsory during the Covid-19 pandemic, in order to limit numbers, and have decided to continue with this on a permanent basis, so that leaders know who to expect and can contact participants about any last-minute changes or cancellation, e.g. as a result of railway engineering works or adverse weather conditions.

The current Ordnance Survey Maps are indicated by their number, prefaced by: LR (Land Ranger) for 1:50,000 maps, and E (Explorer) or OL (Outdoor Leisure) for 1:25,000 maps.

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This programme provides an opportunity for AAC(UK) members and friends to learn about, and exchange, experiences in Austria and mountains worldwide in an informal atmosphere. If you would like to join in we would love to see you there.

Lectures are normally held in two regular venues from September to March. This Autumn the meetings are resuming as hybrid meetings based at the regular venues in London and Reading. Members are invited to attend the lectures in person or to attend on Zoom.. For the moment for each lecture, members are asked to book in advance, to either attend the lecture in person at the venue or for a Zoom link.

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Upcoming Lectures
Venue Information
Upcoming Lectures

2022


January 26 (Wednesday): Vosges to the Pyrenees, 1,000 miles across France

Presenter: Diana Rayner
Location: RISC Reading and on Zoom (if possible)

Diana and Bernard followed the GR7 over nine holidays, 2012 to 2017. This was not a trip of glaciers and peaks, but a wonderful walking tour of medieval villages, quiet forests, vineyards, lonely plateaux and gorges. They stayed in family-run B&Bs and sampled gastronomic delights all the way.

February 1 (Tuesday): Iceland, September 2021

Presenter: Jack Whitaker
Location: CSC London and on Zoom (if possible)

Jack originally planned to spend a few days in Iceland before joining a cruise to the Arctic. The cruise was cancelled due to the pandemic, so he converted the few days into a 12day tour around all of Iceland, giving him an experience he would not want to have missed.

February 23 (Wednesday): Trekking in Oman

Presenter: Ski Sharp
Location: RISC Reading and on Zoom (if possible)

“Everything has changed but nothing has changed“. In Autumn 2021, after a 15-year absence, Ski and Sandrine returned to discover once again the beauty of Oman and the challenge of the rugged mountains of the Sultanate, located just a stone’s throw away from the airport and Muscat, its capital city.

Venue Information

Reading (RISC)

Time: 19:45 for 20:00
Location: The Conference Room, RISC, 35 – 39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS. 10 minutes walk from Reading station, parking in nearby streets. Parking in nearby streets is free after 8pm. For street parking before 8pm payment at the parking meters by cash, card or mobile phone is possible. Also, beware the new Southbound bus lane in London Street!
Admission: Free for members with a current membership card; non-members and guests £3.
Additional Information: Come and join other AAC(UK) members and friends from 18:30 in the Global Café downstairs.

NB The Global Café is NOT expected to reopen until 2022.

London (CSC) SW1:

Time: 19:15 for 19:30
Location: The Civil Service Club (CSC), 13 – 15 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HJ (nearest tube station Embankment or Charing Cross).
Organisers: Collaboration with the Association of British Members of the Swiss Alpine Club (ABMSAC).
Admission: Free for members with a current membership card; non-members and guests £3.
Additional Information: Food available in a restaurant or in the bar until 19:00. Bar open until 23:00.

NB: please check in advance whether normal service has resumed.

This programme of events, mostly organised by members for members, provides an opportunity for members to take part in a wide variety of events in the UK. Please join in. Your company is welcome; your enthusiasm, help and expertise are needed.

Booking: Pre-registration is required. Please contact the Event Organiser as listed on the event information to express interest in attending. A non-returnable deposit or full payment is required to book a place. Please also supply an SAE, unless the Meet Organiser is willing to communicate by email. Please do not approach any accommodation proprietor to attempt to vary any aspect of the Meet Organiser’s accommodation booking; only the Meet Organiser may do this.

Due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus, activities and events listed below may be subject to postponement or cancellation.

Upcoming UK & Ireland Meets
Additional Information
Upcoming UK & Ireland Meets

2022


February 11 – 13: Patterdale, Lake District

Walks on the fells surrounding Patterdale, which include the Hellvelyn and High Street groups. Staying at the George Starkey hut.

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Patterdale Meet – Tish Wouldszoom
Patterdale Meet – Tish Woulds
 

March 6 – 11: Glenfeshie, Cairngorms, Scotland

Winter conditions should still prevail in early March for hill walking and winter mountaineering in the Cairngorms. Self catering accommodation (10 places) at Milehouse hut near Feshie Bridge. Northern corries a half hour drive. £60 for 5 nights.

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Fiacaill Ridge – Malcolm Harriszoom
Fiacaill Ridge – Malcolm Harris
 

April 3 – 10: Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Join other members at Muir Cottage, Inverey, tucked away in the wood, 8K west of Braemar. This area is ideal for Munroists, Mountain bikers, or those wanting to practise their winter skills. Just below the Cairngorm plateau, the area holds its snow usually well into April. The remote Cairngorm giants, Beinn a Bhὐird, Ben Avon, Derry Cairngorm and Ben Macdui are close by with excellent cycle tracks. Lochnagar is another possibility. The hut is well equipped with excellent bike storage. The club would like to offer this meet to members who would be keen to share their knowledge with others or to less experienced members who would like to practise and improve their winter skills and navigation.

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View to Devil’s Point and Lairig Ghru - Tish Wouldszoom
View to Devil’s Point and Lairig Ghru - Tish Woulds
 

May 15 – 20: North-West Highlands, Scotland

Sunday through Friday, staying at Ronnan Cottage, Ladies Scottish Climbing Club, Poolewe, £50 for 5 nights. Good hill walking with access to a number of Munros and Corbetts.

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May 21 – 28: Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, Scotland

What more can be said – high likelihood of awful weather and swarms of midges, but when it’s good it’s amazing, the nearest we have to alpine climbing in the UK.

Self catering accommodation (20 places) in the Glen Brittle Memorial Hut, £140 per person.

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Skye - Steve Woollardzoom
Skye - Steve Woollard
 

May 29 – June 5: Cornwall

A week in Cornwall based at Penzance YHA Sun 29th May - Sun 5th June Join other members at Penzance YH, in private rooms with between 2 and 6 beds.

The main attraction there is the Coast path, and It should be possible to walk all the sections from St Ives to the Lizard using only buses and trains from Penzance. The Lizard peninsula itself and the N coast E of St Ives are also accessible.

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Cornwall Coast by Tony Cooperzoom
Cornwall Coast by Tony Cooper
 

August 19 – 21: Stoney Middleton, Peak District

Climbing meet, with more information to follow.

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Additional Information

Read articles written by Members for UK Club Meets about their experiences.

See photos taken by Members during their adventures at previous UK Club Meets.

For general queries about tours, such as becoming a leader, please contact the UK Meets Co-ordinator.

If you can arrange an event of any kind, please contact the relevant co-ordinator well in advance. Meets require long lead times and should be planned, and booked, well ahead.

UK Meets Co-ordinator: uk.meets@aacuk.org.uk

Meall Chuaich by Dave Seaman
Meall Chuaich by Dave Seaman
 

This programme of non-UK Club meets and tours, mostly organised by members for members, provides an opportunity for you to take part in a wide variety of events, outside the UK. Please join in. Your company is welcome; your enthusiasm, help and expertise are needed.

Booking: Pre-registration is required. Please contact the Event Organiser as listed on the event information to express interest in attending. Plan and book early to avoid disappointment. A non-returnable deposit or full payment is required to book a place. Please also supply an SAE, unless the Meet Organiser/Tour Leader is willing to communicate by email. Please do not approach any accommodation proprietor to attempt to vary any aspect of the Organiser’s/Leader’s accommodation booking; only the Meet Organiser/Tour Leader may do this.

Before you apply for a tour, it is essential that you read the following Covid-19 guidance document

Upcoming Overseas Meets
Additional Information
Upcoming Overseas Meets

2022


January 22 – 29: Saint Gervais / Les Contamines, France - *UPDATED*

Event information updated 21/12/2021 - No further applications are being accepted at this time.

Day ski tours for intermediates, non-glaciated terrain, from a base in St Gervais. Climbing approx 1000m per day.

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Saint Gervais, France
 

January 29 – Febraury 3: Day Ski Tours, Silvretta Alps, Austria/Switzerland

Day ski tours for intermediates based at the Heidelberger Hutte.

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Ski Tour Group Photo
 

January 30 – Febraury 6: Monte Rosa, Italy

Day ski tours for beginners/ intermediates in the Val d’Ayas and Vallone di Gressoney.

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Monte Rosa, Italy
 

January 30 – Febraury 5: Snowshoe Days, Obernberg im Wipptal, Austria

Snowshoe days, offering 2 levels of walk each day; an easier lower level walk and a harder higher level walk.

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Snowshoe in alps
 

February 5 – 12: Tuxer Alps, Austria

Ski tour days from Lisumer hut, non-glaciated terrain, for intermediate, experienced ski tourers.

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Tirol, Austria
 

February 27 – March 4: Stubai Sellrain, Austria

Ski tour days from the Westfalenhaus and the Potsdamer hut, intermediate grade, on non-glaciated terrain.

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Stubai Alps
 

March 5 – 11: Tirol, Austria

Hut to hut ski tour for intermediates, based at the Weidener hut & Lizumer hut.

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Tirol, Austria
 

March 13 – 18: Queyras, Hautes-Alpes, France

Ski tour days in non glaciated terrain. Touring from 2 locations.

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Queyras, Hautes-Alpes, France
 

March 20 – 27: Ski Tour, Tuxer Alps, Austria

A challenging hut to hut tour on moderate non glaciated terrain.

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Tuxer Alps
 

July 6– 13: Hut to Hut Tour, Dachstein, Austria

Eight day hut to hut trek around the Dachstein and Gosaukamm - south east of Salzburg. Starting and ending in Ramsau.

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Adamek Hutte, Dachstein copyright Jack Bauerzoom
Adamek Hutte, Dachstein copyright Jack Bauer
 

July 18 – 21: Franz Senn Hut in the Stubai Alps – Bergfest, Austria

Coming out of the Covid pandemic the Club will be hosting a Bergfest meet for families at the Franz Senn Hut in the Stubai Alps in July 2022.

We are hoping the Bergfest will attract families with young children, young adults, grandmas, granddads, grandkids, old hands and anyone looking to have a hutting experience or to just pitch up and meet old friends. The meet will take place over four days and will offer a good mix of activities guaranteed to bring laughter, smiles and loads of selfie opportunities! Our past President, Allan Hartley, will head this meet; he and the Club are keen for this to be the first of many Austrian Bergfest meets!

The activities on offer will include simple walks, ascents of nearby peaks, and having a go at Klettersteig (via ferrata), river gorge walking, slack lining and flying fox zip wire. There will be mountain guides on hand to help with instruction and learning of basic mountain craft skills plus the joy of gaining new experiences and making new friends.

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Bergfest, Franz Senn Hut - Allan Hartleyzoom
Bergfest, Franz Senn Hut - Allan Hartley
 

September 4 – 11: The Anello Ring - east of the Dolomites, Italy

Seven day circular route providing challenging, strenuous and exposed walking via spectacular scenery including many tall pinnacles and areas of botanical interest. Parco Regionale Dolomite Friulane is a UNESCO World Heritage site

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Dolomites Italy
 
Additional Information

During the Covid-19 pandemic, members should inform themselves of the travel and other restrictions operating in the Alpine regions they intend to visit. They may also receive related advice from tour leaders and from the AAC(UK) website.

As of 25/10/2021 normal Alpenverein mountain hut rules have been amended to include, participants must bring their own sleeping bag, pillowcase, towels, face mask, hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes in order to comply with hut Covid regulations. Please also check on the hut website the exact requirements before travel. Please also confirm Covid specific requirements with your tour leader in advance of travel.

For general queries about tours, such as becoming a leader, please contact the Overseas Meets and Tours or Ski-ing Co-ordinators.

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This programme of events, mostly organised by members for members, provides an opportunity for members to take part in a variety of events in the UK.

Booking: If applicable, complete and return the booking form provided for the event. For some events, a non-returnable deposit or full payment may be required to book a place. Please also supply an SAE, unless the Meet Organiser is willing to communicate by email.

Upcoming Events
Additional Information
Upcoming Events

Events will be advertised in early 2022 for the Spring & Summer season.

Additional Information

If you can arrange an event of any kind, please contact the relevant co-ordinator well in advance. Meets require long lead times and should be planned, and booked, well ahead.

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Members Events - Not Organised by the Club


Events
Commercial
Short Notice
Events

MENOC - Member Event Not Organised by the Club

Events which are organised for members by members.

They are not Club events and can take many forms, from informal gatherings in campsites to expeditions to remote areas.

Members intending to participate in these non-Club events must accept that any arrangement is between them and the organiser of the proposed event, not with AAC(UK).

Commercial

Members’ Commercial Events

Events which are organised for members by members who are, for example, professional guides. They are not official Club tours and are run on a commercial basis. All correspondence and payments must be made through the organiser.

Short Notice

Members Short Notice Hikes, Climbs and Scrambles

Interested in linking up with other members at short notice to independently arrange hill or mountain walks, scrambles or climbing?

Members intending to participate in Short Notice Hikes, Climbs and Scrambles do so at their own risk and the arrangement is between those individuals and not with AAC(UK).

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Events Accessible to AAC(UK) Members


Walks
Lectures
Meets
Walks

Oread Mountaineering Club - Walks

AAC members who live near the Peak District National Park (PDNP) are invited to join the Oread Mountaineering Club on some of their local walks. These walks are based on the PDNP boundary marked on ordnance survey maps and each stage of the ‘boundary walk’ is about 10 miles long. All walks are led by members of the OMC.

Lectures

Eagle Ski Club Lectures - near Kendal, Cumbria

AAC(UK) members are also invited to lectures organised by the Eagle Ski Club at Wilf’s café in Staveley, near Kendal, Cumbria. Please book well in advance through Ali Bramall on alibramall@gmail.com Cost is £10 including meal, payable on the door. The evening starts at 18.15 with a Bring & Buy, a chance to sell the ski mountaineering or mountaineering gear you no longer use: no need to pre-book stalls, just set-up at 18.00. A main course meal is served at 19.00, followed by the lecture at 20.00.

Website: https://www.eagleskiclub.org.uk/

Oread Mountaineering Club Winter Lectures - Derby

AAC(UK) members are invited to attend the Oread Winter Lectures held on the first Tuesday of the month from October to March at 20.00 at The Royal Oak, Ockbrook, Derby, DE72 3SE. Admission £3 for OMC members/ £5 for non-OMC members. Please arrive a few minutes early to buy a pint and secure a seat.

Website: https://www.oread.co.uk/

Rucksack Club Lectures – Stockport

AAC(UK) Members are invited to winter lectures organised by the Rucksack Club at the Heaton Moor Sports Club SK4 2NF. 7.30 pm start, bar and raffle. Rucksack Club Members £4, non-members £8: tickets on the door.

Meets

Meets with Bremex

AAC members who are interested in improving their hill-walking and mountaineering skills are cordially invited to join Bremex weekend meets, which take place nearly every month in upland areas across Great Britain. Prospective members may attend one taster weekend before deciding whether or not they want to join.

Website: http://www.bremex.org.uk

group of individuals in the outdoors
 

Disclaimer


Climbing, hill and country walking, hiking, scrambling, mountain biking, mountaineering, klettersteig and snow sports (and any other similar activities) (the “Activities”) organised by Austrian Alpine Club (UK) (“AAC(UK)”) are physically challenging and carry risks that AAC(UK) cannot entirely eliminate. These include the risk of personal injury or death. In taking part in the Activities you acknowledge and accept these risks, being responsible for your own actions, involvement, health condition and safety. All event participants must follow any safety warnings or instructions displayed or given to them by a leader or organiser (and ask a leader or organiser if anything is unclear). In the absence of any breach of duty by AAC(UK), participation in the Activities is entirely at participants’ own risk.

 
 
 

 

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