Alpine Club/JMCS/SMC Winter Lectures 2017-18

Please support the speakers who will all be guests of the Alpine Club/JMCS/SMC for the evening, and will have put in some considerable effort to produce a talk for us. 10 October Nick Williams  

Nick will speak about his most influential life events: two traumatic mountain rescues more than 20 years ago in the former USSR. He described the first incident in his award-nominated book, Jagged Red Line.

He’ll describe the reasons he had for being there in the first place and what happened as a result. Indirectly, one of the best outcomes was to move to Scotland, where the chance to imagine new journeys on the landscape has served as both solace to write a new narrative and a challenge for his curiosity. He’ll be describing some of these local adventures too.

He wrote the first set of guidebooks for publisher Pocket Mountains, which involved 4000 miles of running across the Highlands. And recently, after months of reconnaissance, he has twice tried to swim the length of the River Tweed. Forced to quit at mile 65 the second time around, he is now planning another expedition.Nick can perform in English, French and Mandarin. We’ll decide which on the night!

This evening will be hosted by Tim Elson and if you wish to join him and the speaker for a meal beforehand then please email Tim 24 hours in advance, at:   timmyelson@hotmail.comat 14 November Simon Richardson  

On this occasion we are delighted, if not indeed honoured, to entertain the President of the SMC, Simon Richardson. Simon is a mountaineer who has travelled the world in search of climbing adventure and he will describe his recent quest for new routes in South Georgia which is about as remote as it gets on this planet - surely a presentation not to be missed.

This evening will be hosted by John Fowler and if you wish to join him and the speaker for a meal beforehand then please email him 24 hours in advance at:   jrrfowler@tiscali.co.uk 12 December John Beatty  

John Beatty - mountaineer, rock climber, sailor, writer, adventurer but above and beyond all that, John is an acclaimed wild nature photographer with three books to his name. Wild Vision is the latest (published by Vertebrate in 2011), with text and spectacular images from Arctic to Antarctic, big mountain regions, deserts and seas. The natural world is his inspiration, based from home in the Derbyshire Peak District. He edits and publishes the annual diary and calendar of the John Muir Trust.

John also wrote about the guga hunters of North Lewis in his first book Sula – Seabird hunters of Ness and then The Pure Land – a celebration of wild places. He is a past President of the Rucksack Club of Manchester and in 2002 compiled and published a photographic and textual history of its first hundred years entitled This Mountain Life.

This evening will be hosted by John Allen and if you wish to join him and the speaker for a meal beforehand then please email him 24 hours in advance. at:   hillandben@f2s.com 2018 9 January Graham Little

We will start the New Year with one of Scotland’s leading mountaineers, Graham Little.

Online Outdoors tells us that Graham has been climbing for many many years and has made many first ascents of the highest standard in summer and winter. He pioneered the new wave of winter climbing in the Southern Highlands in the 1980’s producing such classic routes as Messiah, VII(7). His long asosiation with Arran has produced a crop of outstanding rock climbs such as Abraxas E4, Skydiver E3, Achilles E5, etc.In recent years he has been the prime mover in the climbing developments on Eigg, Colonsay, Canna and the Mull of Kintyre. In the 90’s he initiated the developments on Mingulay and Pabbay where in partnership with Kev Howett he produced such classics as Voyage of Faith E3, Prophecy of Drowning E3 and Barra Head Games E3 – some of the best routes in Scotland.

But he is also an international mountaineer of status (and a superb photographer) having climbed with Bonington in Geenland and the Himalayas. Tonight he will be talking about a rarely visited part of Europe – the Balkans.

This evening will be hosted by Bruce Kerr and if you wish to join him and the speaker for a meal beforehand then please email him 24 hours in advance at:   bruce.kerr@st-augustines.edin.sch.uk 13 February Hamish Johnston, speaking on Matthew Forster Heddle

(unashamedly copying the erudite text of Peter Macdonald, Convenor of the Northern District, whose words cannot be bettered!)
……Professor Heddle (1828-1897) was one of Scotland's most famous mineralogists and his book, The Mineralogy of Scotland is still regarded as the "bible" on this subject. He was also an early pioneer of the Scottish hills, much admired by Sir Hugh Munro (in the days before the Tables) and he was one of the first Honorary Members of the SMC. His great-great-grandson Hamish Johnston has recently written a biography of this distinguished man and has kindly agreed to give this talk to the Northern as well as the Eastern District. It should make for a very interesting evening.

This evening will be hosted by Bob Aitken and if you wish to join him and the speaker for a meal beforehand then please email him 24 hours in advance at:   bob_aitken@btopenworld.com 13 March Members' slides/images

This highly popular event will show images of members’ adventures throughout the world. Please bring about 20 of your finest images from the previous 12 months (adventures on climbing walls are excluded from this evening.) Please don’t be shy - the Pentlands photograph just as well as the Himalayas.

This evening will be hosted by Geoff Cohen and if you wish to join him for a meal beforehand then please email him 24 hours in advance at:   geoffrcohen@yahoo.com


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