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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Update accurate as of 05/05/2021. Please always check most recent guidance.

As the UK gradually opens up from lockdown, we are keen to get the meets program back up and running. We are just as keen to do this safely and to stay well within the laws, regulations and guidance set up by the UK government and other relevant authorities, for instance the Devolved Administrations for trips in Scotland and Wales etc.

The BMC guidance helps clubs navigating the Covid-19 frameworks in England and Wales. This is regularly updated on their website. Latest updates available here and detailed guidance here. In Scotland similar guidance is provided by Mountaineering Scotland here.

The AC climbing sub-committee will follow the relevant BMC/Mountaineering Scotland Guidelines closely, but will supplement it by asking all Members based in the UK to take advantage of the free lateral flow tests now available on the website here, and to test themselves before departing for a meet - and twice before attending any meet on a Scottish Island. Taking a test is not compulsory but is a strong recommendation.

These tests have been offered to the public in an attempt to identify asymptomatic carriers. We only recommend it as an additional measure. If you have any relevant symptoms you should get a PCR test and only join if the test result is negative. A negative result on a lateral flow test does not reliably show you are virus free. In contrast a positive result is much more likely to be valid and should be acted on immediately.

When on a meet, do speak up if you feel uncomfortable with the group’s Covid hygiene.

Recommendations for AC Members before and during a Meet:

For members
• Complete the AC Covid declaration google form, prior to joining a meet (here).
• Treat the meet the same way you would a trip to the supermarket, i.e normal COVID-19 social distancing and hygiene measures.
• Don’t join a meet if you have symptoms, get a PCR test (Do NOT use a lateral flow test if you have symptoms already).
• Everyone without symptoms should consider taking a lateral flow test before leaving for the meet and should not join if it is positive.
• For trips to Scottish islands, we are being asked to take two lateral flow tests before travelling.
• If you get a positive result at, or shortly after, a meet please tell NHS Test and Trace, and your meet coordinator.
• Please avoid car sharing outside of your bubble, it is not currently permitted by Covid regulations.
• Where possible stick to a single climbing partner or climb consistently in the same group of three.
• Use masks when you can’t stay 2m apart. Extra care will be needed at belay points e.g., turn your head away if you don’t have a mask handy.
• Please stick to your comfort zone in your climbing. We will all be out of practice, and we don’t want to deal with an incident as well as Covid-19!
• Stick to small groups in your meets, if there are larger numbers split up and go to different bits of the crag.
• Use your own kit wherever feasible rather than sharing.
• Do not share food with other participants.
For meet organisers

• Get in contact with Giles and Nick Smith to risk assess your meet.
• Keep a record of who is coming on the meet and who actually comes. We’ll give you access to the Covid Declaration form. Let us know if you’d like us to collect specific additional details from participants.
• Have a manageable cap for the meet (no more than 30) and stick to it.

We warmly welcome feedback on these guidelines, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.