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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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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. The meetings are now held 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 those interested in attending via Zoom, the link to the lecture will be shared in an email advertising the event approximately 5-7 days before the event. Links will then be available on the website in the members-only view. Please log in to My.Britannia to access the link.

Zoom Instructions: Information for attending AAC(UK) lectures on Zoom.pdf

To offer a lecture or to set up a new venue please contact the Lecture Co-ordinator on aac.lectures.reading@aacuk.org.uk

 
 
Upcoming Lectures
Venue Information
Upcoming Lectures

2022


Resuming in Autumn 2022. Thank you to everyone who attended our lectures this winter season. We look forward to seeing you in the Autumn.

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 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! For more details see How to find RISC.
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 18:00 in the ’library’ of the Great Expectations pub, next door to RISC, for a meal and/or a drink, or just to chat.

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.

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


May 21 (Saturday): Hill forts ups and downs, W Sussex

Event information update 27/04/2022

Meet Worthing Station S side 10:37 (London Bridge 09:17 via East Croydon 09.33 and Gatwick 09.51 – check! Then car share to Findon TQ 1235 0722). High Salvington, Church Hill, Highden Barn, Washington (lunch at Frankland Arms), Chanctonbury Ring, Cissbury Ring, return to car park and Worthing; 11 miles; 402m total ascent; [E121 or OL10].

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June 4 (Saturday): Ancient People and Places of Ingleborough, N Yorkshire

Meet car park at the entrance of Ribblehead Quarry Grid Ref: SD 7660 7886 (park here or alternatively at Ribblehead Station). If you are arriving by train at Ribblehead Station, it is a walk of 0.5km to the start.

Route: Ribblehead Quarry car park –Great Douk Cave – summit of Ingleborough – Sulber – Selside Shaw - Ribblehead Quarry Car Park.. Ascent approx 350m (1150 feet. Distance: 17.5km (11 miles) [OL2].

We will visit the nature trails and the quarry, before making our way to the entrance of Great Douk Cave. We will see Neolithic and later sites as we contour round the mountain, building a gradual picture of ancient people living and working in the landscape. After the ascent to the summit of Ingleborough, where there is further evidence of settlements, we will descend towards Sulber. Here we will visit sites from Neolithic, Medieval and Romano-British times. Towards the end of the walk, we will visit a Viking longbarrow site.

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June 18 (Saturday): Milton and the Quakers, Bucks.

Meet Beaconsfield Station 10.44 (Marylebone 10.12 – check!). Beckonscot, Netherlands Wood, Wood Cottage, Hodgemoor Woods, Chalfont St Giles (pub lunch), Misbourne Valley, Chalfont Grove, Jordans, Seer Green, Beaconsfield Station. 12 miles. [E172].

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July 9 (Saturday): Around Amberley, W Sussex

Meet Amberley Station 09.58 (Victoria 08.35 – check!); South Downs Way, Rackham Hill, Chantry Post, Burpham (lunch at The George), South Stoke, Amberley Station. 11.5 miles, 380m ascent, [E121 or OL10].

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July 30 (Saturday): Merstham to Nutfield, Surrey

Meet Merstham Station 10.00 (Victoria 09.09 or London Bridge 09.30 - check!). North Downs Way eastwards, Gravelly Hill, Winders Hill, Tandridge (lunch at the Barley Mow), Tilburstowhill Common, Greensand Way, Coldharbour Farm, Nutfield Station, train to Merstham via Redhill. 13miles, 525m ascent. [E146]

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Aug 20 (Saturday): Waggoners Wells, Surrey and Hants.

Meet Haslemere Station 09:50 (Waterloo 08.45 – check!) Greensand Way, Polecat Valley, Nutcombe Valley, Waggoners Wells (picnic lunch), Grayshott (drink stop), Golden Valley, Gibbet Hill, Keffold Farm, Haslemere. 14 miles. [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 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


May 15 – 20: North-West Highlands, Scotland - *FULL*

Event information update on 28/01/2022 - Meet now full but inquire about a reserve list.

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 - *FULL*

Event information update on 28/01/2022 - Meet now full but inquire about a reserve list.

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 Woollard
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 - Tony Cooper
Cornwall Coast - Tony Cooper
 

August 19 – 21: Stoney Middleton, Peak District - *UPDATED*

Event information updated 01/03/2022 - Information Sheet now available.

Primarily aimed as a Climbing meet. Stoney Middleton climbing is within walking distance, many other crags are within 15 minute drive. Options for walking, cycling or even caving. Bunkhouse, one large bunk room for up to 10 people (covid reduced). Own bedding and towels required. (Various food and drink facilities in the village as well as cooking facilities in the bunkhouse). £18 per person for the weekend.

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Photo from Pixabay
 

Sept 16 - 18: Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia, Wales

A skyrunning meet in the heart of Snowdonia. Skyrunning is mountain running where you experience running on trails and scrambling up beautiful ridges. Staying at the Helyg Climbers Club hut, a bunkhouse in the Ogwen Valley, looking over Tryfan.

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Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia
 

Sept 23 - 25: Patterdale, Lake District

A meet for club members who are considering leading tours, to share ideas, plans and experiences. Staying at the George Starkey Hut, at the foot of Helvellyn.

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Landscape Snowdonia by Joanna12 (Pixabay)
 

November 10 – 13: Coniston, Lake District - *UPDATED*

Event information updated 19/05/2022 - Bookings are now being accepted.

19 places at MAM climbing hut Low House (£14 per night), plus further options in self-catering or B&B accommodation. Choice of 2 or 3 nights. Evening meal organised in local pub or restaurant on Sat night.

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Coniston Meet 2021 - AAC(UK) Members ascending Wetherlam by Jackie Coe zoom
Coniston Meet 2021 - AAC(UK) Members ascending Wetherlam by Jackie Coe
 
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


July 3– 8: Mountaineering Tour, Jotunheimen, Norway

Day glacier hikes with some scrambling, based at the Leivassbu hut, central to the Jotunheimen in Norway. Participants should have glacier experience.

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Jotunheimen, Norway
 

July 6– 13: Trekking Tour, Dachstein, Austria - *FULL*

Event information updated 15/03/2022 - Event is now full. Inquire about a reserve spot.

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 Bauer
Adamek Hutte, Dachstein copyright Jack Bauer
 

July 18 – 21: Bergfest, Franz Senn Hut in the Stubai Alps, 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 by Allan Hartley
Bergfest, Franz Senn Hut by Allan Hartley
 

September 4 – 11: Hut to Hut Trekking Tour, The Anello Ring - east of the Dolomites, Italy - *FULL*

Event information updated 11/02/2022 - Meet now full but inquire about a reserve list.

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
 

September (TBC) 6 Nights: Mountain Biking Tour, French Queyras

A multi-day hut-to-hut style MTB tour for experienced mountain bikers. Staying in serviced accommodation such as mountain refuges or hotels.

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Two people on mountain bikes riding in a valley with mountains on either side.
 

September 5 – 15: Trekking Tour, Vignemale-Perdidi Circuit, Pyrenees

A magnificent hut-to-hut trek through impressive alpine terrain of the French Parc National des Pyrénées and the Spanish Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido. For experienced walkers.

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Vignemale-Perdido Circuit, Pyrenees - Nick Harris
Vignemale-Perdido Circuit, Pyrenees - Nick Harris
 

October 9 – 15: Mountain Hiking Tour, Saxony, Germany

Day walks in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, in the Saxon Switzerland National Park. Based at Elbenland Apartments, Bad Schandau, in the Kirnitsch valley.

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View from the Schrammstein, Saxon National Park by Tony Cooper
View from the Schrammstein, Saxon National Park by Tony Cooper
 
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

2022


May 20 - 23 (3 Nights): Patterdale, Lake District

2 days mountain biking for intermediate/advanced riders. Patterdale, Lake District. Accommodation at the Patterdale YHA.

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May 21 (Saturday): Black Mountain, Wales - *POSTPONED*

Event information updated 16/03/2022 - Event postponed until further notice.

Day ride. Black Mountain, Wales.

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June 5 (Sunday): Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire

Day ride. Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire

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August 5 - 7 (2 Nights): Peebles, Scottish Borders - *UPDATED*

Event information updated 29/03/2022 - Information Sheet & Booking Form now available.

2 days mountain biking for upper intermediate/advanced riders. Peebles, Scottish Borders.

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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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