/ Places to find an expedition team/join an expedition
I've been thinking of joining the Climbers Club or maybe Alpine Club in an effort to meet more people who are currently more actively adventuring. Is that a good idea? What are people's experiences here with respect to finding team members / joining an expedition?
Unfortunately for you it is not possible to just join either, you have to be proposed, seconded and get supporting letters. With the CC you need to be a competent VS leader. For the Alpine Club you have to have already climbed at least 20 alpine routes although you can be an "aspirant" and, I believe, get the same benefits.
The alternatives are to arrange your own, get invited or pay for a commercial trip.
Dave Wynne-Jones is organising a joint CC/AC meet to Caucasus Bezengi this July. Not sure if you would be expected to turn up with your own climbing partner?
No I don't think of a trip to Spain as an expedition (unless it was exploratory caving or something!) :) Been looking into Peru and Tajikistan lately.
You could broaden your circle of climbing partners. then see if any of them are interested in an expedition.
Or you could ask here in the lifts and partners section for a partner.
Or you could go on a commercial expedition. Tom from Jagged Globe often pops up here (he has replied to the thread already) and I'm sure JG would be happy to have a conversation with you about options. There are other companies, too. If exploratory expeditions are your thing, then JG go to Ladakh, and you can also look at ISM (Tien Shan), Martin Moran (Himalayas) or John Briggs (Andes).
Of course, not all expeditions need take a long time.
You could go to the polar regions for a week or a fortnight. There are scheduled flights to Svalbard and to Greenland, and the altitude is not a problem. You might take most of your available time getting to and from the start of the route, but that is all part of the expedition thing.
btw I am heading out to the Himalayas this summer, doing some exploratory stuff with a couple of folks I met on UKC...
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