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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Events Calendar

Hugh Norton – “Norton of Everest”
Tuesday 19 September 2017, 07:30pm
Contact Tony Westcott
Tuesday 19 September 2017

Hugh is the youngest son of renowned Everest pioneer and military leader E.F (Teddy) Norton. Hugh lives in Bristol and his biography of his father, published in May 2017, reveals Teddy’s remarkable life as a mountaineer, soldier, naturalist and artist. Enlisting as a soldier during the declining years of the British Empire, Teddy’s gift for leadership saw him rapidly move through the ranks in the First World War, which paved the way for future leadership roles. Notably, when General Charles Bruce was struck down with malaria on the approach march of the 1924 Everest expedition, Teddy led from the front, setting an altitude record for climbing Everest without supplementary oxygen – a record only bettered when Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler made the first ascent of Everest without oxygen in 1978. Yet tragedy would follow his achievement when George Mallory and Andrew Irvine disappeared high on the mountain.



Location South West
Upper Room of Nova Scotia, Cumberland Basin, Hotwells
Venue: Upper Room of the Nova Scotia, Cumberland Basin, Hotwells, Bristol, BS1 6XJ. The Nova Scotia is a well-known Bristol landmark, situated at the western end of the Floating Harbour, with ample local parking and good beer. Meet for beer and food from 6.30pm; lectures start at 7.30pm. The AC SW regional organisers are Tony Westcott and Chris Storie.