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1 week ago

Well, that's it for another year. We had our prize draw last night at the end of Joe Johnstone's hugely informative and very entertaining talk about his exploits in Mongolia. I now have to contact several of the winners as surprisingly few of them were in the lecture theatre!

Many thanks to Snow & Rock, Stanfords and Mountain Kingdoms for donating prizes

We'll start posting up details of our next season's line-up as soon as we can (this will wait until Mr Berry gets back from his latest trip in pursuit of the Yeti...) So keep your eyes on our FB page.

Don't forget the Wilderness Award, closing date is November 30th but please spread the word. Details are on our website.

Have a great summer (when it starts!!) and enjoy whatever adventures you set out to complete.

Dick, Steve, Steve and John

1 week ago

The last Alpine Club SW lecture of their 2016/17 winter season on Tuesday 21 March at the Nova Scotia:

James Lam – Spitzbergen Retraced 2016
In July 2016, James led a team of five from Oxford University which travelled high into the Arctic Circle to ski from East to West across the island of Spitsbergen. For the first time in ninety-three years they retraced the route of the pioneering 1923 expedition, which included Sandy Irvine and Noel Odell. Over the course of thirty-two entirely unsupported days the 2016 team tracked down and repeated the photos from 1923, conducted scientific surveys and pursued mountaineering objectives old and new whilst documenting it all in film.

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.

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 week ago

A note for your diaries... provisional dates for next year's lectures are as follows:
October 4th
October 18th
November 1st
November 15th
November 29th
December 13th

January 10th
January 24th
February 7th
February 21st
March 7th
March 21st

We won't have these confirmed by the University until the end of next month but, based on past experience, they should be OK.

1 week ago

Next Wednesday, March 22nd, is our final lecture of the year. Joe Johnstone, our 2016 Award winner will be talking about his trip on foot across Lake Khuvsgul, in Mongolia. This was the first of a series of expeditions he is undertaking as part of the 'Last Nomad Project' which is backed by the Mongolian Ats Council and the National Broadcasting Company.

Wednesday is also the night of our end of season prize draw. If you've bought a ticket to one of our events this season and filled in your details on the back, you are in with a chance. Each ticket is a separate entry.

2 weeks ago

Phoebe Smith has been in touch. When she was with us, she had a conversation with a member of our audience who has been very ill but expressed a desire to visit a bothy. Phoebe has said that she'd like to offer to take her to see one that would be an easy walk in. So, if you are reading this and recognise that it was your conversation, let us know and we'll put you in touch with Phoebe.

4 weeks ago

Rory Maclean, who has spoken for us a few times, has published a new book. Pictures of You, Ten Journeys in Time.

The 20th century in 10 extraordinary moments: a photographic journey by bestselling historian Rory Maclean

In the 20th century, amateur photography took history--and collective memory--out of the hands of historians and gave it to individuals. In Pictures of You, bestselling British-Canadian historian and travel writer Rory MacLean narrates a journey through 10 photographs, across the globe and into the lives of 10 ordinary men and women who lived through extraordinary times.

Each photograph (or group of photographs) comes from a different decade of the 20th century: the first killing of the Cold War; the dying hopes of a doomed aviator; the ghosts of Native America at Alcatraz; Chairman Mao's most timid lover; Nature's final battle with humankind. Through these images, MacLean ventures from Siberia to Rangoon, China to Shepperton Studios, hearing forgotten voices that echo from the depths of time, picturing lives that mirror our own, and saving the stories behind these pictures of you.
All of these images belong to the Archive of Modern Conflict in London. Over the last 25 years the Archive's small collection of amateur photographs has grown into one of the world's most moving image treasuries, its shelves now holding pictures of some four million lost lives.

"A delicately beautiful book, haunting in its effect. Superb." - Alexander McCall Smith. ‘Stunning! A unique virtuoso exercise in empathy, narrative and imagination’ - Jan Morris

4 weeks ago

If you were thinking of going to the Alpine Club talk this evening, it's cancelled. Mateo Cabello has suffered a running injury and now can't attend.

Meanwhile, don't forget the Alpine Club Exhibition at the Frenchay Village Museum, "The Golden Age of Alpinism and British Victorian Climbers" is open through to the end of March on Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm, Saturdays and Sundays 2pm to 5pm.

1 month 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...

1 month 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