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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Terence Goodfellow

Glyn Hughes writes: I am sorry to have to tell members of the death of our member Terence Goodfellow. Terence had been an AC member since 1962, introduced to the Club by his father Basil Goodfellow, an AC Hon Secretary, who also started Terence on his alpine career.
Terence was a President of the Cambridge University Mountaineering Club, and while at university was member of an expedition to Baffin Island.
In 1968 he was a member of a team who climbed Miangul Sar in Swat Kohistan. We believed this to be a first ascent, but later discovered we had been pipped to the post by an Austrian party who climbed it from the opposite side. At least ours was a new route.
Terence was a regular attender at AC lectures until quite recently when his mobility became restricted.

London Exhibition: Janet Johnson - Encounters with Rock Snow and Ice - 22 Sep to 27 Oct 2015

 

Janet Johnson is an associate member as an artist since 2010, creating distillations of her journeys through the Alps on foot and on ski, in the mediums of watercolour, and oil paint. Her first exhibition at the club celebrated a familiar iconic journey, the Haute Route.

This second exhibition five years later focuses on further encounters with rock ,snow and ice in alpine terrain in Europe and Norway. There will be first encounters with climbing modest 4000 metre peaks inspired by being a member of the club, for an artist who is essentially a skier. Janet grew up in Pennsylvania in the USA where she was skiing down a small hill in her backyard by the age of five. Along side this short exhibit at the Alpine Club Janet will be exhibiting over a year, a group of watercolours titled, Arolla Sublime, at the Grand Hotel & Kurhaus in Arolla Switzerland opening in August 2015 and running to August 2016.

Zermatt anniversary

On 14 July 1865 Edward Whymper reached the summit of the Matterhorn together with his ill-fated companions. 150 years later, the Matterhorn still dominates the life of the resort at its base - the Alpine Club was invited to participate in anniversary events in Zermatt

Robert Caukwell

It is with sadness that we report the recent death of Robert Caukwell. He was a member of the AC for 47 years from 1960, resigning in 2007 due to illness.

Nepal Charity Auction

Famous faces, big name brands and world-renowned mountaineers are donating their time and expertise as well as personal treasures to help raise funds for the earthquake relief effort in Nepal.

Bidding opens on Sunday 28 June in a series of two online auctions led by the BMC with support from the Alpine Club in partnership with eBay.

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Exhibition in Chamonix: 19th Century Alpine Club Artists

“The Treasures” of the Alpine Club will be on display in the Alpine Museum in Chamonix from 29th June 2015 to 17th April 2016.

The exhibition is part of the Celebration of the Golden Age of Alpinism. The year 1865 marked the climax of the Golden Age of Alpinism, immortalised by an impressive number of first ascents on magnificent summits, and new routes across the Alps in France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria.

Grant Awards

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Climbing-grants-2015

This year the Alpine Club is supporting seven expeditions to the Greater Ranges with grants from its Climbing Fund.

The aim of these grants is to support AC members on expeditions that have an exploratory element or are attempting a new or unique project. Preference is generally given to expeditions comprising students and younger members, and to those woh have not previously been awarded a grant.

Alpine Club T-Shirts

The AC T-shirts are great to wear. They come in unisex seize S / M / L and are made from 'technical' wicking fabric.

The colour is charcoal and they are manufactured by Fruit of the Loom of high quality standard.

Tribute to Dennis Davis from Dennis Gray

Dennis was without doubt a leading British alpinist of the 1950's and into the 1960's. My own keenest memories of my own climbs with him were an ascent of Pigott's route in the big winter of 1962/3, when he led the final crack with its severe ice coating, shod in tricouni studded boots in the coldest conditions I have experienced in the UK, and an ascent around the same period of the Western Gully of Black Ladders. It was on such winter climbs, and in the Alps and the Himalaya that Dennis showed his outstanding abilities as a mountaineer.

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