Get ready for your alpine adventures

Posted by Becky McGovern on 04/03/2015

The alpine season has a habit of creeping up on us and being here before we know it. Advance planning is the smart way to make your alpine dreams come true. Refresh your skills at a revamped BMC Alpine Skills Lecture this March. New speakers Calum Muskett and Steve Long will show you all things alpine with practical demos and audience participation.

Speakers

BMC Ambassador Calum Muskett is a 21 year old alpinist based in North Wales. He specialises in alpine rock climbing but also loves the colder adventures you can have mixed climbing in the Alps and further afield. Having gone through a trial and error learning process alpine climbing, Calum is keen to share his experiences to make sure that you don't make the same mistakes he did! Calum’s alpine adventures have taken him to the Mont Blanc Massif, Bernese Oberland, Dolomites, Ratikon, Torres del Paine and Fitzroy.

Steve Long is almost old enough to be Calum’s grandad. He is also based in Snowdonia and is Chair of the International Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) Training Standards. Steve has been mountaineering for over 30 years and has climbed in every continent and skied in most. Some of these routes have fallen down or lost their glaciers in the intervening decades! He is an International Mountain Guide and works part time as the Development Officer for the Association of Mountaineering Instructors. Steve directed Conville Trust Alpine courses for several years and still teaches Alpine skills every year. Highlight ascents include the Dru in winter, Cerro Torre, Low’s Gully (Borneo), and an epic attempt on Great Trango.

Are these lectures for me?

The lectures are for both novice and experienced alpine climbers, Calum and Steve will cover:

• The "honey pots" and why you might benefit by avoiding them
• Preparation, fitness and acclimatisation
• Valley accommodation, huts and bivis
• Alpine hazards and how to manage the risks
• The speed v backup spectrum: techniques for effective movement

Berghaus free prize draw

The lectures are sponsored by Berghaus and there will be a free prize draw each night with a chance to win lots of Berghaus goodies!

Dates and venues

 All lectures start at 7.30pm and last approxiamtely two hours with a half-way interval.

Plymouth: Tuesday 17 March (tickets on the door on the night)
University of St Mark & St John, Room 525, Kirby Cudmore Building, Derriford Road, Plymouth PL6 8BH

Bristol: Wednesday 18 March (tickets on the door on the night)
University of Bristol, Lecture Theatre 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building, Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UB

London: Thursday 19 March (tickets on the door on the night)
University College London, Christopher Ingold Building, Auditorium XLG2, 20 Gower Street, London, WC1H 0AJ
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Advance tickets for Plymouth, Bristol & London

Tickets cost £5 BMC members, £7 non-members and £3.50 if you purchase 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased from the BMC online shop or by telephoning the BMC on 0161 445 6111.

Further information

Please contact Becky McGovern at the BMC by email or telephone 0161 438 3302.

WATCH: The Alpine Essentials DVD trailer on BMC TV

WATCH: The BMC Alpine Lecture Buxton 2014 BMC TV

WATCH: BMC Ambassador Calum Muskett on BMC TV

WATCH: Ueli Steck, the alpine machine, on BMC TV

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It's a shame you weren't able to come up to Scotland. Manchester is a long way from Glasgow and Edinburgh!

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