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1 week ago

A reminder for the last lecture of the 2015-16 AC SW Winter Season:

Tues. 19 Apr – Mike Spencer - Ladakh the Long Way Round
Mike led the 2015 Eagle Ski Club Expedition to Zanskar. He will talk about the challenges of getting into Zanskar, the adventures and the cultural feast that followed on the team's journeys around Kanji.

Venue: Upper Room of the Nova Scotia, Cumberland Basin, Hotwells, Bristol, BS1 6XJ. The Nova Scotia is a well-known Bristol landmark, situated at the western end of the Floating Harbour, with ample local parking and good beer. Meet for beer and food from 6.30pm; lectures start at 7.30pm.

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 may like to make a donation of £5 to the AC Climbing Fund.


1 week ago


2 weeks ago

We have now confirmed our bookings for the Chemistry Theatre for next season and Steve is busy beavering away to arrange the speakers for our 29th season.

Check our website for the details as they emerge but, meanwhile, here are the dates for your diary:
5th October 2016
19th October
{25th Oct Tuesday - Anson Room, Doug Scott, in aid of Nepal]
2nd November
16th November
30th November
14th December

11th January 2017
25th January
8th February
22nd February
8th March
22nd March


3 weeks ago

Alpine Club S.West event. Tuesday 19 April – Mike Spencer - Ladakh the Long Way Round. Mike led the 2015 Eagle Ski Club Expedition to Zanskar. He will talk about the challenges of getting into Zanskar, the adventures and the cultural feast that followed on the team's journeys around Kanji.

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 may like to make a donation of £5 to the AC Climbing Fund.

Meet for beer and food from 6.30pm; lectures start at 7.30pm.


1 month ago

Normally we don't put up any information on our new series until September but I'm delighted to say that we have already announced one event. On Tuesday October 25th, in association with UBSS and UBMC we'll be presenting one of the world's greatest ever mountaineers - Doug Scott.

In an era in which hundreds of people make it to the top of Everest every year, it's worth reflecting on the achievements of an earlier era when to stand on the summit was objectively much, much harder. Hardest of all was the ascent of the massive South West Face. Doug and the late Dougal Haston were the first two top out via this route, so late in the day that they were forced to bivvy only 100m below the summit. They survived the next nine hours in temperatures around minus 40 degrees centigrade, without sleeping bags, without oxygen, and, as it turned out, without getting frostbite.

Doug will be with us to tell this extraordinary story of teamwork, astounding bravery and survival to raise money for Community Action Nepal which continues to work providing assistance in the wake of the devastating earthquake.


1 month ago

Just in case you are near the Peak...


1 month ago

It's that time of year again... Tonight is our last lecture in this series. It was billed as Ant's journey down the Ho Chi Minh trail on a motorbike but she had to take the opportunity to go on a research trip to the wilds of Arunachal Pradesh in north east India (a trip that we very much hope she will be able to tell us about). So tonight's talk is by Lois Pryce, another intrepid female solo motorcyclist and old friend of ours, who is coming to tell us about her journeys on a motorbike around Iran.

As is our tradition, tonight is also our annual prize draw for which every one of our tickets is a separate entry - providing you have filled in your details, of course. Prizes tonight include 2 free season tickets for our next series, a £100 voucher from Snow and Rock, a globe donated by Stanfords, a Mountain Kingdoms kitbag, a couple of Mountain Kingdoms t-shirts and a copy of Steve Berry's last book. If a winner is not there tonight to claim a prize, we'll let you know (if we can read your writing!!)