YOUNG ALPINIST GROUP
The aim of the Group is to improve the safety and knowledge of young alpine climbers, giving them the skills to climb - in alpine style - in the Greater Ranges around the world. Members are already experienced climbers and alpinists, and all originate from the UK and Ireland. Through regular trips and mentorship from older climbers, members are able to progress faster, more safely, and more efficiently than they would otherwise.
The Young Alpinist Group is born from the Alpine Climbing Group, a young part of The Alpine Club which was originally established in the 1970s by Alex Macintyre and friends.
The program will take participants every three years and will work as a rolling mentorship scheme, where past participants act as mentors for future intakes. The aim is not to fast-track experience, but instead to guide and advise on the journey.
To advance the next generation of world-leading young UK alpinists
A three-year, elite-level programme developing expedition and alpine skills and experience through support, training and informal mentoring.
Britain has a legacy of cutting-edge and adventurous alpinism which, with a Young Alpinist Group, can continue long into the future. The next generation of talented young alpinists would benefit from a programme similar to those already existing in other countries.
Encouraging elite-level performance in alpinism whilst emphasising adventure, ethics, style, exploration and independence. Actively improve diversity and gender equality in alpinism.
Regular and reflective experience in a range of progressive environments and disciplines for training, trips and expeditions, from UK to Himalayas.
Improved safety of all group members in alpinism through a conscious development and assessment. Developing motivation, partnerships and support between like-minded climbers and mentoring figures.
Former members giving back to the wider climbing community through careers in the outdoors (British Mountain Guides, etc) and further mentoring, thus improving the national standards of climbing.
Sharing of ideas, skills, reports, presentations, publicity and content.
Ambassadorial skills of brands and sponsors.
Creating contacts within the UK and Global outdoor world and brands.
Taking ownership of expedition planning, logistics, group dynamics and finances, website and social developments.
3 years, broken into 6 six-month programmes:
Year 1. Summer:
UK or European summer trip between 1 and 2 weeks. Emphasis on reinforcing safety and common practices of alpinism.
Year 1. Winter:
2 week European winter trip. Emphasis on winter alpinism and exploration.
Year 2. Spring:
3 week spring trip (global). Emphasis on adventurous alpinism and technical development
Year 2. Autumn:
Autumn Greater Ranges expedition. Emphasis on adventurous alpinism.
Year 3. Spring:
2 x 2 week spring trip (European/Global). Emphasis on technical development and skills refinement.
Year 3. Autumn:
Autumn Greater Ranges expedition or similar. Emphasis on adventurous alpinism.
Events, reports and presentations to publicise achievements and opportunities gained through the Group.
We are supported by:
The current Young Alpinists are:
How to get involved
The 2020-23 group has already been selected.
In order to participate in the 2023 - 2026 program, you need to be:
- Under 30 years old
- UK-based or UK nationality
- Have plenty of UK trad climbing experience, including on multi-pitch routes on a variety of crags
- Scottish winter climbing experience
- Alpine climbing experience in both summer and winter, in a variety of countries/areas/ranges, and have climbed technical routes (this is open to interpretation, but ideally mid-range technical rock/ice/mixed climbing)
- Able to competently travel through the mountains on skis
It's necessary to have the above criteria to ensure all participants are competent climbers, are looking to progress to the bigger mountains around the world, and are always climbing in alpine style. These criteria are the minimum and also ensure all members of the group have a similar level of experience.
If you think you meet the above and want to be considered for the scheme or want more information you can email:
tomlivingstone8 at iCloud dot com