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


Here is a list of lectures at the Alpine Club. Select additional pages using the numbers at the bottom.

The lectures provide a good opportunity for AC members to meet one another and exchange news, views and information. New members and prospective members are particularly welcome. Prospective members are asked to contact the AC office before attending. Lectures generally start at 7:30pm.

For the lectures in London, non-members are asked to register their attendance in advance by contacting the office at  (Please note that a donation is requested on entry).

Anyone who has had an interesting trip and would be prepared to lecture is invited to contact the AC Office or the lecture organisers.

Each event includes a clickable map with the address of the venue.

Events Calendar

Dennis Gray: A History of Climbing in West Yorkshire
Tuesday 26 March 2019, 07:30pm
Contact Derek Buckle
Tuesday 26 March 2019

A History of Climbing in West Yorkshire


Dennis Gray

  Climbing in West Yorkshire began with Slingsby (famous for his Norwegian pioneering) on the gritstone outcrops around Skipton in 1864. Fred Botterill followed in the early 1900's and then C D Frankland who pioneered some difficult routes and problems in the 1920's, particularly at Almscliff. In the 1940's and early 1950's Arthur Dolphin was the outstanding pioneer in the area, followed by Allan Austin. The first modern climbing wall in Leeds in 1964 spawned a rise in standards, particularly by John Syrett. At the same time the Barley Brothers (Robin and Tony) were active, and Robin has possibly pioneered more new rock routes than any other British climber around the world. Pete Livesey appears in the 1970’s followed by Ron Fawcett and John Dunne, all household names in British rock climbing. The talk will be a true Who’s Who of British climbers. 


Location London
55/56 Charlotte Road