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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UIAA Mountain Protection Committee gather at George Starkey Hut

The Club is always looking for opportunities to make the Alpine Club a louder voice in influencing events in the mountaineering community.  To this end, in May the AC used its base in the Lakes to play host to the UIAA’s Mountain Protection Commission.  Delegates from Europe and Asia gathered at the club’s George Starkey Hut in Patterdale for the Commission’s annual face-to-face meeting. 

Robin Wilkinson

It is with sadness that we report the news of the death of our member, Robin Wilkinson, on the 26th June.

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Tony Strawther

We are saddened to receive news that our member, Tony Strawther, passed away early on Tuesday 3rd July after a short illness.

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Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund Awards Autumn 2017 and Spring 2018

by Malcolm Bass

Thanks to a generous donation from a club member, combined with Alpine Club and Montane recurring funding, we are currently able to support more expeditions than ever before. But we are getting more applications than ever before, and most of them are for appropriate objectives. This is good news in that it shows that exploratory alpinism within the Alpine Club is in rude good health. But it presents problems for the grant giving sub-committee in deciding how best to use the Fund, and sadly we were not able to support a number of interesting expeditions. Before the autumn 2018 deadline the sub-committee will be producing some revised guidelines on how we prioritise expeditions for funding. 

Teddy Faure-Walker

News has reached us of the death of Club Member Teddy Faure-Walker.

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2018 British Janhukot (6805M) Expedition

On the 6th of June 2018, the British team of Guy Buckingham, Malcolm Bass and Paul Figg succeeded in making the 1st ascent of the Janhukot in the Garhwal region of the Indian Himalaya via the south west buttress onto the south ridge. This remote and difficult to access mountain lies beyond the well-known peak of Shivling (6543m), at the end of the long Gangotri glacier, 19 km beyond Base Camp.

Memorial/Celebration of AC member Mark Vallance's life

Mark Vallance   17.9.44 – 19.4.18

We will be celebrating Mark’s life on Saturday July 21st at 1.30 for 2pm

 

We’d like to invite family and friends to join us at:

 

The Edge (University of Sheffield conference centre)

Endcliffe Student Village

34 Endcliffe Crescent

Sheffield S10 3ED

 

Drinks afterwards in The Edge bar until 5pm.

 

It would help us enormously if you could let us know if you will be attending. 

(No need to reply if you can’t come, thanks.)

 

There is a permit-only car park on site, also road parking.  We can email you a parking permit, which you can print, and there’s road parking too.

 

Dress: Cheerful, please.

 

Please reply by July 9th to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Jan and Jody

 

Susan Band

It is with sadness that we report the news of the death of our member, Susan Band, on the 27th April.

We understand that there will be a funeral service on the 9th May at Midday in Heckfield.

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Mark Warham

News has reached us of the death of Club Member Mark Warham, who died on the 28th April at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

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Up Close with Cathy O’Dowd

Interview by Adele Long

Hi Cathy, thanks for agreeing to do this interview. Starter question, how long have you been a member of the AC?

Since 2012.

What made you join?

The honest answer is because Sandy Allen had invited me on his Nanga Parbat expedition, and he thought we could get some money from the AC. Obviously I was aware of the existence of the AC, but had a weird set of slightly contradictory stereotypes; first that it was full of Victorian gentlemen and only a certain type of chap or chappess would be eligible to join, second that it was full of people who were incredibly hard core and ordinary alpine climbers were not invited. Neither of which is fair or true. And then of course, I don’t actually live in England so how useful is the Club if you don’t live in England or possibly even London? Those are all the things that stopped me from joining and it was Sandy and the Nanga Parbat expedition that made me think, ‘well okay let’s give it a go’.

Allan Stuart

We are saddened to receive news that our member Allan Stuart died on April 21st, aged 95. Allan climbed almost exclusively with fellow members of the Wayfarers' Club

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Mark Vallance

It is with great sadness that we report news of the death of Mark Vallance, in Switzerland, on the 19th of April.


 


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Bob Allen

We are saddened to receive news of the death on the 18th April of our member, Bob Allen.

A memorial service will be held at St Oswalds Church, Grasmere, on 10th May at 1pm.

 

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Francois Edwards

News has reached us of the death of Club Member Francois Edwards, who died on the 3rd of April. 

Francois joined the Alpine Club in 1959.

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Livia Gollancz

It is with sadness that we report the news of the death of our member, Livia Gollancz.

Livia had become a member of the Ladies Alpine Club in 1966. She was also a member of the LAC Committee in 1966 and Archivist from 1989 to 1999.

 

Livia died on the 29th March, aged 97.

 

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