Inspirational lectures, music and poetry from some of the country's leading climbers and mountaineers, once a month at the Outside Cafe.

The Alpine Club is the only national club for alpinists and is the world's first mountaineering club. For a century and a half its members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration.

The club is well known for hosting regular lectures on a wide variety of subjects. Outside are proud to be one of only three hosts in the country for these events. Our Hathersage café, the club's Northern venue, hosts an evening lecture every month through the winter

These lectures are free of charge, open to all, and will be held in the Outside Café. Refreshments will be available.

Keep an eye on this page or our Facebook events page for updates on later events.

Wednesday 12th October 2016 at 19.30

Dennis Gray: An Evening of Mountain Poetry and Music 

Dennis Gray and his merry bunch of musicians, singers and poets will be gracing the Outside Cafe with a night of poetry and music, all with a climbing and mountaineering theme. 

“Singing and writing songs about climbing started in the Victorian times and only recently died down”, says Dennis. "In the 60s and 70s we'd always have a singsong in the pub after climbing. Everyone knew all the traditional songs.”

Come and join us at Outside to help revive lost songs with a new audience.

Wednesday 16th November 2016 at 19.30

Simon McCartney: The Bond

Shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Mountain Literature Award, The Bond focuses on the enduring, mutual reliance that characterises climbing partnerships for many of us. McCartney analyses life, ego, ambition and mortality through the powerful lens of two extraordinary Alaskan first ascents and the friendships forged on Mt Hunter and then Denali during the late 1970's and early 80's.

35 years after he gave up climbing, hear him talk about the unbroken bonds that drew him to recount the visceral, life changing experiences of his youth.

You can get a taster here, thanks to his publishers, Vertebrate Publishing.

Wednesday 14th December at 19.30

Simon Richardson: Chasing the Ephemeral

A busy career, a wife and family, editing ScottishWinter.com and guidebook commitments have meant Simon Richardson's 35 year climbing has been mostly confined to the weekends, leaving one glaring question: how has he managed over 600 new routes in the Scottish Winter arena alone?

Hear him spill the beans on strategy, tactics and hitting the right route at the right time to find those much-lauded but ephemeral perfect Scottish conditions. 


Visa, MasterCard and PayPal Accepted 5 Star Reviews from Trust Pilot

Outside.co.uk uses cookies and some may have already been set. Please click the button to agree and remove this message.

If you continue to use the site we'll assume you're happy to accept the cookies. Find out more .