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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All photographs are in the Alpine Club Collection. Please do not copy them. If you would like to use any of these, or other AC photos, please contact the Photo Library by email.

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  • Christian Almer, W A B Coolidge, Miss Brevoort, Tschingel (the dog) and Ulrich Almer, c. 1874
  • Glacier des Bossons - Crossing Crevasse, 1886 Photo by F & G Charnaux
  • Findelen Glacier Photo by Edward Whymper
  • G L Mallory and S Herford at Pen-y-Pass, 1913 Photo by G Winthrop Young
  • Alpine Club Meet: Snowdon Summit, 1883
  • “Gîte Balmat” on the Montagne de la Côte Photo by Edward Whymper
  • Mont Blanc summit by Edward Whymper
  • Mer de Glace 1886
  • 1850s guides
  • The Walker family with friends and guides. Chamonix 1870
  • A F Mummery climbing the crack on the Grépon, 1893 Photo by Miss Lily Bristow
  • Edward Whymper, 1865
  • "Ascension du Mont Cervin, 14 Juillet 1865 (Arrivée au Sommet)”, by Paul Gustave Louise Christophe Doré 1832-83
  • South West face of Everest, 1972 Photo by Doug Scott
  • Tom Watts climbing the summit ridge of Koh-i-Sisoreikh, Hindu Kush by Doug Scott
  • Entering Chad by the Korizo Pass, 1962 by Doug Scott.”
  • Leslie Stephen with guide Melchior Anderegg, c. 1870
  • 19th century group: Emile Rey, H S Hoare, Von Bergen, unknown lady,William Edward Davidson, C D Cunningham and Hans Jaun
  • Rongbuk Glacier, with glacier penitante, by Luke Hughes
  • Edward Whymper, Chamonix, October 1910
  • George Mallory on the Moine ridge of the Aiguille Verte, by Geoffrey Winthrop Young, 1909
  • Departing from the Aiguille du Midi by George Band