7:30pm on Tuesday 23 June ’The Six Great North Faces’. Part 1: Matterhorn, Grandes Jorasses, and the Eiger

The Rucksack Club and Alpine Club, two of Britain’s oldest mountaineering clubs, combine to take you up the classic six great north faces of the Alps, with accounts from 6 different members. As ticklists go this is short, sweet and an easy one to remember, but containing formidable and historic routes, it’s not such an easy one to complete and has become the benchmark for the serious alpinist. It’s the Matterhorn, Eiger, Grandes Jorasses; the Petit Dru, Cima Grande di Laveredo, and Piz Badile.

In Part 1, we are hosted by the Rucksack Club to celebrate what has become known as “the trilogy”: Matterhorn, Grandes Jorasses, and the Eiger, with speakers Andy Kirkpatrick, Martin Cooper, Nick Wallis, Bill Deakin and Tony Rhodes. As usual, we will finish with a Q&A.

Club members can participate directly in the Zoom discussion – watch your email for the link or check the Rucksack Club Facebook Group post [NOTE This is NOT the same link as the usual Tuesday evening session]

We’re also opening the event to the whole climbing community. You can watch the livestream at the following YouTube Event link: https://youtu.be/VKy9HKhFwTU and also pose questions to the speakers via the comments function.


  1. I do not believe that Andy Kirkpatrick’s views on mental health, race, Islam or women fulfill The Rucksack Club purpose to “encourage mountaineering, climbing and hillwalking and to bring together all those who are interested in these pursuits.” As such, I am disappointed to see The Club promoting a presentation with him included. That the Alpine Club may wish to promote such an individual is a matter for their own ethics and purpose, I do not however support our club in such promotion.

    1. Hi Lewis

      You are absolutely right that The Rucksack Club aspires to “…bring together ALL those who are interested in these pursuits.”

      With that in mind, I’ve set up a JustGiving page to support Urban Uprising – a charity focused on enabling young people from diverse backgrounds to have the opportunities that we’ve all had, to get involved in the outdoors and climbing. In their words: Elevating and Inspiring Young People Through Climbing.

      See the latest ‘Virtual Slideshow’ post for more details. It would be great if you could support and share the link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dominic-oughton
      Cheers, Dom

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