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1 week ago

Alpine Club. September 19th
Hugh Norton – “Norton of Everest”
Hugh is the youngest son of renowned Everest pioneer and military leader E.F (Teddy) Norton. Hugh lives in Bristol and his biography of his father, published in May 2017, reveals Teddy’s remarkable life as a mountaineer, soldier, naturalist and artist. Enlisting as a soldier during the declining years of the British Empire, Teddy’s gift for leadership saw him rapidly move through the ranks in the First World War, which paved the way for future leadership roles. Notably, when General Charles Bruce was struck down with malaria on the approach march of the 1924 Everest expedition, Teddy led from the front, setting an altitude record for climbing Everest without supplementary oxygen – a record only bettered when Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler made the first ascent of Everest without oxygen in 1978. Yet tragedy would follow his achievement when George Mallory and Andrew Irvine disappeared high on the mountain.

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 may like to make a donation of £5 to the Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund.

3 weeks ago

We're off. Tickets are available now at Stanfords in Bristol or online. Brochures are being mailed out and an enewsletter has just gone out, too. First lecture on October 4th, see you soon.

3 weeks ago

We're almost ready to go... As soon as Stanfords let us know that their online sales facility is ready, we'll be off and leaflets will be in the post...

1 month ago

We're delighted to announce that we have entered into a new partnership with Ellis Brigham Mountain Mountain Sports. Brigham's shop at the top of Whiteladies Road is a well-established feature of the Bristol adventure sports scene and the company has been highly supportive of our fund raising events in recent years.

You'll see their logo on our brochure when it drops onto your doormat in the next couple of weeks. We're awaiting delivery from our printers and as soon as we've addressed and stuffed the envelopes, they will be in the post and tickets will go on sale at Stanfords, as usual.

Look out for an email update from us in your inbox to announce that tickets are available. In the meanwhile, details of our programme are on our website

1 month ago

You can follow the progress of this year's Wilderness Award winner and her colleagues here

3 months ago

The coming season's line-up is now complete. We're still waiting for a few bits of information from a couple of our speakers but the dates and basic details are now online. We hope you like what we are offering. It's getting harder to make a choice, there are so many adventurers offering their services.

Perhaps we should up from 12 lectures? Mind you, one a week would break us!!