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.
We offer for pre-Christmas entertainment:
a tour of the high peaks of the Alps, a biography of a Himalayan legend and an insight into the SMC’s unique photographic archive.
Dave will describe some of the highlights in his climbing of the 52 independent 4000m mountains of the Alps, sharing photos and stories, together with an outline of what he learned about the Alps in the process of writing the book. Dave will have books for sale on the evening through Waterstone’s.
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:
In the spring of 1901 a teenager stood on top of a hill, gazed out in wonderment at the Australian landscape and decided he wanted to be a mountaineer. Two decades later, the same man stood in a blizzard beneath the summit of Mount Everest, within sight of his goal to be the first to stand on the roof of the world. George Finch, a boy from the bush, was at the highest point ever reached by a human being and only his decision to save the life of his stricken companion stopped him from trying for the summit.
George Finch was a rebel of the first order, a man who dared to challenge the British establishment who disliked his independence, background, long hair and lack of an Oxbridge education. Despite this, he not only became one of the world’s greatest alpinists, earning the respect of George Mallory, but pioneered the use of the artificial oxygen that enabled Everest to finally be conquered thirty years after his own attempt. A renowned scientist, a World War I hero and a Fellow of the Royal Society, he was involved in the development of some of the twentieth century’s most important inventions.
In a fond and fascinating tribute to George Finch (1888-1970), acclaimed biographer Robert Wainwright restores George Finch to his rightful place in history with his remarkable tribute to one of the twentieth century’s most eccentric anti-heroes.
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:
The SMC has a superb Photographic Archive and the best images have been digitised and enhanced by our Image Custodian, David Stone, over the last few years - a real labour of love. David is still working on the precise content of the presentation but whatever he selects it will be really good. This is one not to be missed. It being that time of year, we will have mince pies and a little mulled wine to make the evening go with a swing - for a small charge.
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.
Our member Andy Inglis is a Scottish ‘hard man’. His winter climbs top out at Grade VIII and are never below V. His summer standards rise to E5 and he has impressive experience in the Alps, Lofotens, Canada and Norway. His talk is entitled White Lines and will be predominantly about modern Scottish winter mixed climbing and steep skiing away from the crowds, influences and the future. This should be good!
This evening will be hosted by Viv Scott and if you wish to join him
and the speaker for a meal beforehand then please email him 24 hours in
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.)
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
Our member Robert (Bob) Durran will describe his adventures in Wadi Rum. Bob’s main area will be Jordan, however, his ascent of the Eiger and the Cohen route on the Pic sans Nom in the Mt Blanc range will also be touched upon.
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: email@example.com
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