The Alpine Club, the world’s first mountaineering club, was founded in 1857. For over 150 years, members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration.
With membership, experienced and aspiring alpinists benefit from a varied meets programme, regional lectures with notable guest speakers, reduced rates at many alpine huts, opportunity to apply for grants to support expeditions, significant discounts at many UK retailers, extensive networking contacts, access to the AC Library and maps - and more!Join Us
Following a tip off from one of the most prolific of old guard Patagonian mountaineers David Brown and John Crook headed into a remote unexplored area of Northern Patagonia in search of unclimbed granite peaks. With only a grainy aerial photo and the wild testimony of a septuagenarian who'd first climbed in Patagonia 40 years previously it was a step into the unknown that resulted in three trips and numerous first accents up soaring granite spires and blank 1,000m big walls. The immaculate granite delivered fantastic climbing and as as the mountains are protected by miles of dirt road, pathless temperate rain forest, inadequate maps, and the largest lake in South America the climbing turned out to only be part of the experience. And then we found a pampas desert tower for desert.