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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Everest Exhibition to be Broadcast Live

On the 27 September at 16:00 UK time, the Alpine Club will broadcast a livestream of our latest exhibition: ‘Everest: by Those Who Were There’ via our Facebook page.

The exhibition marks the centenary of the very first Everest expedition in 1921 and uses the words and possessions of expedition members from 1921, 1922 and 1924 to tell the story of the first attempts to climb the world’s highest mountain – from the search for its exact location in 1921, to the fateful summit attempt of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine in 1924.


Sandy Irvine working on Oxygen cylinders in base camp, 1924. (Photo: Bentley Beetham)

The livestream will be presented by Alpine Club librarian Beth Hodgett (@AlpineLibrarian) and will provide viewers with both an overview of the 1920s expeditions and the opportunity to see many of the artefacts on display, including the watercolour paintings of Howard Somervell, a piece of the mountain itself and Sandy Irvine’s ice axe.

The exhibition’s curator and Honorary Librarian of the Alpine Club, Barbara Grigor-Taylor said: “During the past 18 months it has been especially hard, and at times impossible, for everyone who might wish to attend the exhibition to make their way to see it in person. That’s why we’re so excited to be able to offer this opportunity for as many people as possible to receive a tour of the exhibition online.”

The broadcast is expected to run from 16:00 to 16:30 and will be available to view after the fact via the Alpine Club’s Facebook page. You can sign up for a reminder of the event here.

‘Everest: by Those Who Were There’ will complete its London run on the 20th of October, with visitors welcome to the Alpine Club’s premises at 55 Charlotte Road, London on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between the hours of 12:00 and 17:00 until then. (Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book a visit).

A commemorative exhibition catalogue, detailing the three 1920s expeditions and reproducing the full exhibition collection is also available for purchase but we are down to the final few copies.

 

 

Revised Library Opening Hours

From September 2021 the Library will open Tuesday to Thursday 10:00 - 17:00.

Bookings are no longer required for members wanting to browse the open shelves, though if you have a particular research project that requires access to the Club archives, please do contact us in advance so that we can prepare for your visit.

We kindly request that visitors to the library continue to follow Covid-19 precautions including sanitizing hands before entering the library.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

 

2021 AGM & Annual Dinner Announced

This year's annual dinner will be held on Saturday 27 November at the Castle Green Hotel, Cumbria LA9 6RG.

Our principal guest at the dinner is Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, the second woman to climb all fourteen 8,000ers and the first woman to do so without supplementary oxygen or high altitude porters. 

Tickets for the three course dinner are the same price as 2018 and 2019, namely £35.00 per person, reduced to £24.00 for those under the age of 38 on the date of the dinner. To book tickets, members should login to the website and navigate to the Annual Dinner page in the "Events" tab.
 
B&B room rates are as follows: £129 for a double/twin room for 1 night and £218 for two nights. There is a £20 reduction for single occupancy. In addition, for those under the age of 38, the rate is further reduced by £29 per room by special arrangement with the Club.
 
These room rates will be held until 30 days before the event, so you are encouraged to book soon. Call 01539 734000 and quote Alpine Club.
 
 

Alpine ClubCast 26 - 22nd June at 19:30

Women Rise Up: Female Climbing Pioneers with special guest Catherine Destivelle


This year the Alpine Club is celebrating the 150th anniversary of four major first ascents in the Alps.  In 1871, Lucy Walker and Meta Brevoort made the first female ascents of the Matterhorn, Weisshorn, Bietschhorn and the Dent Blanche.  Over 200 women recently applied to join a meet hosted by the Alpine Club this summer, which aims to bring together a diverse group of women to commemorate this extraordinary year in female mountaineering.  The aim is to broaden access to mountaineering through inspiration, in the same way that Walker and Brevoort did for women a century and a half ago.  Whereas only 30 places were available for this meet, the Alpine Club sees Women Rise Up as an important new initiative for future years.

Tonight Catherine Destivelle, the first female recipient of the Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award, joins us to talk about her journey.  Historian Clare Roche will outline the events of 1871 and Women Rise Up Climbing Coordinator Becky Coles will talk about Women Rise Up activities.  The ClubCastwill be guest-hosted by Melanie Windridge.

As usual the evening will finish with a Q&A