Alpine Club/JMCS/SMC Winter Lectures 2021-22

NB   Due to Covid, this year audiences at the lectures will be limited to 40. In addition, attendees will be obliged to wear face-masks, and there will be a track-and-trace system in operation. For this you can either provide the host (details for each lecture below) with your contact details in advance, or you can sign in at the door on the night. People who have contacted the host in advance will have priority over those who arrive unannounced on the night (so it is to your advantage to contact the host in advance...). Tuesday 14 December Time on Rock: Writing the Mountains   -   Dr Anna Fleming

Join Dr Anna Fleming for a talk on mountain literature, tracing the ways that writers since Samuel Taylor Coleridge have captured the experience of climbing, leading into readings and discussions from her forthcoming book, Time on Rock: A Climber’s Route into the Mountains - an account of ten years learning to climb on different rocks across the British Isles, from Yorkshire limestone to Lake District rhyolite, from the gabbro of the Cuillin ridge to the granite of the Cairngorm massif. This book, due for release by Canongate in January 2022 presents a rock-climber’s view of the natural world, tracing a geological and personal journey across the British Isles over ten years.

Anna Fleming is a rock climber and qualified Mountain Leader who has also worked for the Cairngorms National Park Authority. She completed a PhD with the University of Leeds examining how William Wordsworth’s poetry was shaped by communities within the Lake District. Anna is also a regular contributor to the on-line nature-writing magazine, Caught by the River and recently edited an anthology of creative writing about the Cairngorms, Shared Stories: A Year in the Cairngorms. As well as writing for the Guardian, she keeps a regular blog, The Granite Sea, in which she writes about her experiences of the natural world. She lives in Edinburgh.

Host:   John Fowler 11 January 2022 Climbing in Namibia   -   Robert Durran

Our member Robert Durran is well known to members of the Eastern District having shown superb images of past visits to Wadi Rum. (The photograph on the cover of the latest edition of The Munros is his work). On this occasion he will describe his two visits to Namibia and what could be better on a cold January night in Edinburgh.

Host:   Geoff Cohen 8 February 2022 At the time of writing we are still trying to source a speaker for this date and some irons are in the fire. But if you have any suggestions then please feel free to contact John Fowler 8 March 2022 Snow patches in the Scottish Hills   -   Iain Cameron

The study of long-lasting snows in the remote corries of the Scottish hills was started many years ago by our own Adam Watson and has been continued by Iain along with a team of enthusiastic observers. Their findings are published annually by the Royal Meteorological Society and have yielded some interesting results as well as some wonderful photographs from above (and below) the snows.

Host:   Bob Aitken


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