About the Alpine Club

The Alpine Club, the world’s first mountaineering club, was founded in 1857. For over 150 years, our members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration.
The club includes, and always has, most of the leading British mountaineers of each generation. It now has members in more than 30 countries worldwide and acts as a focal point for contact with foreign alpine clubs.
With membership, experienced and aspiring alpinists benefit from a varied meets programme, regional lectures with notable guest speakers, reduced rates at many alpine huts, the opportunity to apply for grants to support expeditions, significant discounts at many UK retailers, extensive networking contacts, access to the AC Library and much more
We provide a forum for sharing experiences and information. We welcome all mountaineers. Find out how you can join us.

Photos by AC Member George Cave

The Mission of the Alpine Club

Our Vision: "The Alpine Club exists to facilitate access to and exploration of the mountainous regions of the world; provide a forum for members to meet, climb and share information, both internally and with the wider mountaineering community; support mountain arts, science and literature; act as a thought leader in mountain ecology, access and sustainability; and provide a platform for international collaboration."

The AC promotes a code of climbing ethics which seeks to protect mountains, mountain regions and their people from any harmful impact by climbers. The club is globally recognized as influential on these issues. Your membership will add to the weight of influence that we can bring to bear and allows you a voice.

You can read the detail of our positions on a variety of topics here.