Join the BMC/Alpine Club Young Alpinist's Winter Meet 2020

Posted by Tom Livingstone on 03/01/2020

Are you a keen and confident young alpinist? Well an awesome opportunity for you is back. The concept of a BMC Young Alpinist's Meet continues with another event in March 2020. Sign up to attend and climb in the beautiful Chamonix region of France.

If you are a competent British alpinist looking to climb big traditional routes in the Alps then put 5-15 March in your diary for the BMC/Alpine Club Young Alpinists Meet 2020.

There will be 8-10 subsidised places available. Some costs will be subsidised by the British Mountaineering Council and the Alpine Club, with the final cost for the trip for attendees still to be confirmed. 

Those attending can look forward to advice, encouragement and ‘mentorship’ from older climbers and British Mountain Guides, with an emphasis on technical winter alpinism. And relevant workshops, lectures and presentations will be given throughout the 10 days of the meet from the more experienced climbers and guides.

Skills and equipment needed:

You should already be proficient at alpine climbing; have climbed technical routes in Scotland and/or the Alps/higher mountains. Have the ability to travel in the mountains in winter (skiing, preferably, although snow shoes “theoretically” could be used). And you should be familiar with the winter alpine environment and have warm equipment suitable for winter alpinism, including sleeping bag and down jacket.

Accommodation:

Attendees will be found places to stay in the homes of friends of the BMC and Alpine Club in Chamonix.

How to join:

To make things easier for this group’s future, those wishing to join must be either an Alpine Club member or Aspirant member, or you must be an Alpine Climbing Group (ACG) member or aspirant member. The ACG has been set up specifically as a place for younger climbers, so it is suggested you join this.

JOIN: via the Alpine Club website

To apply to attend the March 2020 meet, send an application before midnight 31 January to ianparnellphotography@yahoo.co.uk with the following information:

Name
Age
Address
Next of kin name and contact no.

Highlights: Please write a little about approximately 10 of your most memorable routes of:

UK climbing experience
Summer alpine experience
Winter alpine experience

Please also provide your approximate skiing ability (e.g. novice, proficient, can do a backflip), and a short paragraph explaining why you think you should be chosen to attend.

Further info about the event:

This event, which follows from the Meet in Saas Grund, Switzerland, in the summer of 2019, and aims to develop young alpinists’ abilities and encourage them towards bigger objectives.

It’s not a fast-track course in alpinism; rather a series of events which support and advise young UK-based alpinists who want to climb big mountains in alpine style. Older, more experienced climbers will be on hand to encourage and mentor. Ideally, this will develop into a sort of mentorship program which will run for several years, but this is a work in progress.

BMC Participation Statement

Participants should be aware that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.


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