On Tuesday February 9th we are staging a fund raising event on behalf of the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust. All proceeds go to the Trust and all the money raised will be matched by another donor.
Our speaker is Squash Falconer -mountaineer, keen skier, paraglider, motorbike rider and one of the UK's leading all-round female adventurers.
Unlike many adventurers, for whom being grimy is a rite of passage, Squash is an advocate of what she calls the knickers philosophy. She says, "I'm sure reading this you will agree with me that if you look good and like what you are wearing, then you will feel good. Your knickers are the very foundation of this"
Come along on Tuesday and hear Squash's witty, adventurous and inspiring presentation. Bristol SU on Queens Road. Doors open 6.45pm. Bar and raffle with prizes from Rab, Taunton Leisure, TCA and others. Details on our website.
The next Alpine Club SW lecture of 2016 is on Tuesday 16 February by Dan Mazur on the Nepal earthquake & reconstruction. Dan is an Everest guide and at the time of the earthquake (noon on Saturday, 25 April) he was above base camp in Camp 1 climbing the Nepal side of Everest with his team. On that day, 18 people in base camp tragically lost their lives. Since that fateful day, Dan has been on the ground in Nepal throughout the Everest and Nepal earthquake, the aftershocks, and during the relief efforts, and has a fascinating story to tell with breathtaking and at times shocking photos and videos.
Instead of asking non-members for the usual £5 donation to the AC Climbing Fund, we hope you will all donate to thehttp://www.mountainfund.org/projects/?name=The-Mount-Everest-Foundation-for-Sustainable-Development-in-Nepal---Tibet&pid=108 supported by the http://www.summitclimb.com/new/default.asp?vid=1035<itle=Trekking&mtype=smenu towards the rebuilding of the Patale Health Centre.
AC/FRCC local member Andrew Paul has collected a range of donated second-hand mountaineering gear (see attached Excel spreadsheet) from FRCC members, which he will be offering for sale at the lecture to help raise funds for the above Nepal project. We will also have some AC books to auction.
If you have any items of clothing or equipment which might be suitable to send to Nepal, Dan can arrange for these to be collected in Bristol and shipped to Nepal.
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. The AC SW regional organisers are Tony Westcott and Chris Storie.
Many of or our regulars will remember Alan Gallup - a slighly grizzled, lean figure of a man with a ready smile who attended our lectures for years. He was a champion pole climber in the veteran's category and entertained us on one occasion by brining along a video of a championship event. While our audience was taking their seats, the screen was showing Alan and his friends rocketing up telegraph poles with the aid of a strap and a fearsome set of leg irons. Alan died recently of a heart attack and his family decided that rather than have flowers at the funeral, they should make a collection for Shiva, the charity we support which funds schools in Nepal and Sri Lanka. Here's a photo of Alan's widow, with his son, daughter-in-law and grandson, handing over a cheque for £1000 to Clive Hughes of Shiva, at Steve Berry's office.
We hope you will know that our final speaker this year, Ants (Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent) has had to cancel because she needed to undertake a new research project for her next book and the travel window was very tight. Her place is being taken by another intrepid solo woman traveller and old friend of Wilderness, Lois Pryce. We'll be delighted to see Lois again on March 16th. Meanwhile, Ants has finally been able to reveal her plans - you can read about her next project here:
All the climbers of my generation (or even older) should be coming along to Martin Boysen's lecture on February 3rd. Martin was a legend in his time, widely acknowledged as the climber who opened up Gogarth and who went on to do good things in the higher ranges. If you're a younger climber, you should come along to see just how extraordinary the leaders of that generation were in the days before the highly refined kit and training regimes that you follow now.
Stanfords have just told me that tonight's lecture is now sold out. We will operate our customary waiting list routine - we take names of hopeful audience members and then allow them in, in the order they appear on the list. I don't think that we have ever turned anyone away but we can't guarantee entry.