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
In January 2013, the 'Shackleton Epic' team, which was set up at the behest of The Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, became the first people in history to faithfully recreate Sir Ernest Shackleton's small boat voyage across the Southern Ocean - remarkably they did so with precisely the same equipment as Shackleton himself. From the clothing to the boat, the sextant, the reindeer skin blankets, and of course the starvation diet. Sailor, Engineer and Explorer Seb Coulthard will give a personal insight into exactly why these epic events are recreated. Is it thrill seeking? Is it curiosity? Or, is it a new form of exploration? One of Seb's future expeditions will forensically investigate the reason why Mallory and Irvine failed to return from Everest in June 1924.