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! 

Becoming a Member

Our aim

Are you thinking of planning your own mountaineering expedition? Don't know where to go, what to do, who to contact or quite how to go about it?

The Alpine Club, the oldest and most prestigious alpine club in the world can help you to make your expedition easier to organise and and better value for your hard-earned cash! We have a huge wealth of experience among our members who have travelled, climbed and explored in the most remote and challenging mountain areas of the world.

The AC have distilled their experience into 15 categories to make research significantly easier for you. We have attempted to emphasise the key elements you need to consider and to supply lists of useful websites and resources for your further research.

AC Climbing Fund

The AC has long been involved in promoting mountaineering in the Alps and Greater Ranges. In 2007 the AC inaugurated the AC Climbing Fund to offer grants for mountain exploration and climbing expeditions to the most challenging mountain areas around the world. At present the Climbing Fund offers up to £10,000 per annum to expeditions involving AC members.

Expedition Planning

Each section has been assembled by an acknowledged expert with significant experience of the subject. This is complemented by a series of clearly marked 'Top Tips' which reflect the authors personal experience.

Each section features a comprehensive list of websites, addresses and links that will help you to research your trip more efficiently.

Other good resources include the trip report for the 2012 QUBMC Expedition to the Dzhirnagaktu Valley in Kyrgyzstan and this article on UKClimbing.