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! 

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KENDAL MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL 

MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT ALPINISM SESSION, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ALPINE CLUB

Brewery Arts Centre Theatre
Sunday 17 November 2019 at 11:45 - 13:45

This provocative theme forms the core of this year's event, exploring where alpine climbing sits in today's world.

How has media saturation affected alpinism, especially social media? Society in general is becoming more risk averse; is that true of climbing? What pressure does sponsorship add to brand athletes? Plus there's the question of carbon footprints; should this affect choices in a world of rapidly fading glaciation? Should we extend the ethics of alpinism to include sustainability? And what exactly are the challenges left? Our panel of well-known personalities will debate these issues, hoping to find a consensus along the way

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