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
The ascent of the SW of Everest in 1975 was at the end of an era of British mountaineering that was characterised by large, extravagant, national expeditions. In many ways the big national expeditions of the 50's, 60's and 70's were an extension of the Great Game. With enough money, oxygen, Sherpas, ropes and skilled manpower, most routes could be climbed. Also in 1975, the East Ridge of Dunagiri was climbed by Joe Tasker and Dick Renshaw. The ingredients for that 2 man unsupported 11 day up and down ascent were primarily determination and luck. While the national press revelled in the Everest ascent, the inheritors of the legacy of Tillman and Shipton went ‘wow’ when hearing of the Tasker Renshaw climb. It fired up a generation that nearly climbed itself into extinction. A Brief Gold light is the story of that generation covering the years from 1976-1986 from the Boardman-Tasker ascent of the West Face of Changabang to the disastrous events on K2 when 13 climbers lost their lives including Alan Rouse and Julie Tullis. John Porter was both an observer and a participant throughout this period. His biography of Alex MacIntyre, who died on their S. Face Annapurna trip in 1982, is part of this wider story when so many remarkable climbs by AC members took place.