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2 weeks ago

The Alpine Club, South West is hosting Steve Swenson to talk about “Karakorum Climbing through the Kashmir Conflict” on Tuesday 14 November 2017. Steve is a past President of the American Alpine Club and is on a brief lecture tour of UK, including Keswick Mountain Festival.

Described on Climbing.com as the 'quintessential Northwest hardman', he’s been climbing for nearly half a century and, among many other accomplishments, been awarded a Piolet d’Or for his Saser Kangri ascent. He’s also an accomplished author, published in Climbing, Rock and Ice, Alpinist, and the American Alpine Journal.

The best mountain climbing in the world, Steve Swenson will tell you, is in the Karakoram. He has been climbing there since 1980 and has a perspective on the land and its people like few others. A complex place, the Karakoram Range is located in Kashmir, a western Himalaya border region that has a long history of tension and conflict between China, India, and Pakistan.

Venue: Redpoint Climbing Centre, 40 Winterstoke Road, Bristol BS3 2NW - https://www.redpointbristol.co.uk/contact-us/ . 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 make a donation of £5 to the Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund.

2 weeks ago

Someone called Will contacted us yesterday via our website to ask about tickets for Hans Rey. But he didn't give us his email address so we can't reply. So, Will (or friends of Will) yes, tickets are still available in advance from Stanfords shop in Bristol or their website - there's a link to this on our website.

2 weeks ago

Many of you will remember the lecture we had a few years ago by Stewart McPherson, who had travelled to all of the UKs overseas territories.

Here's his latest project. Weird and wondeful pets. The website hosts 14 specially made films, downloadable info sheets, photos and an accompanying book to showcase fourteen amazing groups of small exotic animals (like mantises, stick insects, butterflies etc.) which can be kept at home to inspire young people with the beauty of nature, and help nurture the next generation of naturalists, scientists and conservationists.

He's launching a new film every day for the next two weeks.

4 weeks ago

People do extraordinary things, these days. Our next speaker, Nick Butter, has already done some extraordinary things (well, I think that 300 marathons is pretty extraordinary) but next year will really mark him out. He's setting out to run a marathon in every country in the world. How did he get to this point in his life? Come along on Wednesday and find out.

1 month ago

Absolutely brilliant lecture on Wednesday from Anna McNuff. We've had speakers leap onto the lecture bench, ride a penny-farthing across the front, talk whilst sitting on a motorbike... But we've never had a lecturer rip off her trousers in front of the audience before!

Next up is another runner, Nick Butter. By the time of his lecture he will have clocked up 300 marathons, including monsters like the Marathon des Sables. In January he's off on an attempt to run a marathon in every country in the world. How do you prepare for that? Come and find out...

1 month ago

A message from our chums at TCA/UCR:

""We're extremely excited to be hosting the first screening of Psychovertical at St. George's Hall on 20th November.

Filmmaker Jen Randall (Light Shed Pictures) and climber/writer Andy Kirkpatrick have teamed up to make a creative documentary based on Andy's Boardman-Tasker winning auto-biography, 'Psycho Vertical'.

Andy and Jen will be joining us on the night to talk more about the film and will be running a Q+A after the screening!

Tickets are now available to book on undercover-rock.com/events/psycho-vertical-screening.

Please bring your booking confirmation to the venue (either digitally or printed) as this will be your ticket to gain entry.

Andy Kirkpatrick is a world-class climber and alpinist who lives a life of conflicting desires and responsibilities. Though he knows the pain of living in poverty, pursuing his dreams comes before making a living. Though he battles with severe dyslexia, he has turned himself into an award-winning author. While compelled to share his life online and make audiences crumple with laughter on stage, he chooses to test himself on some of the world’s longest and most difficult climbs totally alone. And while a proud and doting father, he cannot help but put ambition over security, even if that means risking his life time and again.

By diving head-first into his past, his present and his motivation for pushing his limits to the absolute extreme, our aim is to explore themes of conflicting identities, the strength and futility of ambition, how our pasts shape us, drive us forward and stay with us all of our lives and of course... what it's like to solo a frickin' big wall... in detail. For real."

The trailer for the film went live last week and can be found here: https://vimeo.com/237620448

1 month ago

We still have some tickets left for Anna McNuff’s lecture on Wednesday, ‘Running the length of New Zealand (and other silly ideas)’ but many! Get them at Stanfords to be sure


1 month ago

Nick Butter basically can't stop running and in 2018 Nick intends to set a new world record by running a marathon in every country in the world, 196 marathons in 550 days. His aim is to raise £250,000 for Prostate Cancer UK. It will take him 18 months to travel to all 196 countries, spending about 2.5 days per country. However, to achieve this Nick has already built a wealth of experience running long distances in many different countries. Nick will be talking about these past experiences, how to value the time we have on our planet and about how everyone, regardless of age, background, and commitments can excel at anything they put their minds to. Oh yes, and how he plans to achieve his next extraordinary feat.