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

Calvin Torrans - Rock Climbing in Ireland
Tuesday 11 February 2020, 07:30pm
Contact Timothy Elson
Tuesday 11 February 2020

For our February event we are delighted to entertain Calvin Torrans who has been at the forefront of Irish climbing since the 1970s. He was one of the first Irish Alpine guides with many visits to the greater ranges but is particularly associated with rock climbing in Ireland where he has made many first ascents and contributed to many guidebooks. In the 1970s he and his wife Clare were a driving force in the rejuvenation of Fairhead on the Antrim coast pushing standards and opening new lines. This magnificent 5km long, 100m high cliff is one of the finest in the British Isles and now has over 400 routes. This active enthusiasm has continued to the present all over Ireland and Calvin has always been welcoming and free with advice and information for visiting climbers. Calvin and Clare are still very active climbing in Ireland and will talk about Fairhead and some of the climbing delights of the Irish west coast. 

The venue is the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JL..

Contact Timothy Elson Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Location Edinburgh
7 Victoria Street