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1 week ago

Someone called Matt emailed me through our website to ask about a refund for Martyn Ashton tickets... If you're reading this, Matt, you didn't give me your email address to reply, as the site requests. Send me another message...


2 weeks ago

The Alpine Club South West has organised a lecture for the 28 February at the Rose of Denmark, 6 Dowry Place, Hotwells, Bristol BS8 4QL, Tel: 0117 329 0352 by: Mateo Cabello – “Of Mountains and Men”. . Meet for beer and food from 6.30pm; lecture starts at 7.30pm.

Mateo will tell the story behind his book Of Mountains and Men. His epic quest started by chance in a small graveyard not far from the Matterhorn, in the Swiss town of Zermatt. Three young British students – William Bell, Ian McKean, and James Ogilvie, “friends from Oxford killed together while climbing the Matterhorn in 1948” – are buried there. Following a hunch, Mateo decided to find out more about them and he will recount the extraordinary journey that takes you from the heart of the Alps to Oxford and the Scottish Highlands, also taking in the sandy beaches of Mauritius and the snow-capped peaks of Bolivia and Kenya. He explores the shared passion that brought them to the mountains. The book has an introduction by Stephen Venables and is published by the Oxford Alpine Club.

There is no entry charge, but non-members of AC or Eagle Ski are asked to confirm by email to Tony Westcott (twestcott@btinternet.com) prior to the event and are asked to make a donation of £5 to the Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund.

Steve Berry's talk about hunting for yeti (21st Feb) has been postponed. Date to be confirmed


2 weeks ago

I've had word from Martyn Ashton. He says thanks for the good wishes and, like us, hopes he can do a talk for us in future. He's OK.


2 weeks ago

A couple of people very kindly diverted all or part of their Martyn Ashton refunds to Shiva Charity. I've just had a note of thanks from Bob Uppington asking me to say thanks, that's just enabled them to buy another guitar for the kids in one of the schools. :-)


3 weeks ago

A reminder that Andy Kirkpatrick is appearing at St Georges on Tuesday 7 February at 7.45pm. Tickets are £10 in aid of the Youth Adventure Trust.


3 weeks ago

I'm a bit late in making any comment on Stephen Fabes lecture last Wednesday. We're extremely grateful to him for stepping in at such short notice and also to Al Humphries for making the introduction for us. Stephen's talk was brilliant, in my opinion. He had me crying with laughter within minutes of the start and he did an amazing job of condensing 6years of cycling experiences into an amusing, informative and moving talk. Thanks, Stephen, you left a lot out so we hope we'll hear from you again to fill in the blanks!


4 weeks ago

MARTYN ASHTON IS UNABLE TO BE WITH US ON WEDNESDAY. Martyn has contacted us to say that he has to go into hospital. He's asked us to pass on his apologies and we've sent him our best wishes. We tried to get another top MTB rider but none are available at short notice.

However, we know that 2 wheel enthusiasts generally love other 2 wheel enthusiasts, especially cyclists who do amazing things. So, we're delighted to say that Stephen Fabes has agreed to take Martyn's place on Wednesday. Stephen is a doctor, writer and adventure cyclist. Like most decisions of great consequence, his plan to cycle around the world was made in a pub, beer in one hand, mini-atlas in the other. He returned in February 2016 having spent six years spanning 75 countries, six continents and 86,209 km by bicycle - a distance equivalent to more than twice around the world. His route wandered from remote cloud forests in Myanmar to the taiga of western Mongolia in the winter; from sequestered valleys of Chechen refugees in the Caucuses, to the deserts of Syria and Afghanistan.

En route Stephen visited remote medical projects serving marginalised people: nomads, refugees, drug addicts, slum-dwellers, sex workers, sufferers of mental illness, deforming and infectious disease. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Telegraph, BBC Travel, CNN, Geographical, Adventure Travel, Backpacker and Wild among others. He blogs at www.cyclingthe6.com and a book is forthcoming.

If you see this post and know other people who are due to be coming on Wednesday, please pass on the news.

We really hope that you will still come along to see Stephen. However, we recognise that some people will have specifically wanted to see Martyn. If so, please leave a FB message with us so we have some idea how many seats will be free (Martyn's talk was a sell out). Then post your tickets back to us at 5 Cliftonwood Crescent together with a stamped addressed envelope and either a note telling us to whom we should write the cheque OR a note of a bank account into which we should transfer the refund.


1 month ago

The first Alpine Club lecture of 2017 on Tuesday 17 January welcomes the newly-elected President of the AC, John Porter to Bristol to tell 'The story of Alex McIntyre', his 1970-80's climbing partner with whom he pionered light & fast alpine-style climbing in the Greater ranges. 'One day as a Tiger' was the epitaph on Alex's memorial stone, which reflects a Tibetan saying, which basically goes, 'it's better to live one day as a tiger than a lifetime as a sheep'. For John, "it was a perfect description of Alex - he lived absolutely to the maximum extent in everything he did". Alex died aged 28, killed by a falling stone as John watched through his camera lens.

Venue: Upper Room of the Nova Scotia, Cumberland Basin, Hotwells, Bristol, BS1 6XJ. All AC & Eagle Ski members and guests are welcome. There is no entry charge, but non-members of AC or Eagle Ski are asked to confirm by email to Tony Westcott (twestcott@btinternet.com) prior to the event and are asked to make a donation of £5 to the Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund.


1 month ago

The Alpine Club South West welcomes in the New Year with the opening this afternoon, Saturday 7 January at 2pm, of a new Alpine Club Exhibition in colaboration with Frenchay Village Museum. The exhibition "The Golden Age of Alpinism and British Victorian Climbers" features photographs and artefacts of the early club presidents, their equipment and guides from the Alps to the Caucasus. The Museum is housed in the restored gatehouse to the former Frenchay Hospital at 1 Begbrook Park, Frenchay, Bristol, BS16 1SZ. The Exhibition will be open through to the end of March on Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm, Saturdays and Sundays 2pm to 5pm.

Exhibition organiser and AC Library Chairman, Hywel Lloyd, will be giving a lecture explaining the background to the exhibition on 9 March at the Quaker Meeting House, Beckspool Road, Frenchay, BS16 1NT, starting at 7.30pm - admission £2.