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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Rick Allen

Rick climbing on Nanga Parbat. Photo: Sandy Allan

The Club has been deeply saddened to learn of the death of long-standing member Rick Allen. Reports currently indicate that Rick died in an avalanche while attempting a new route on K2 with Jordi Tosas and Stephan Keck. Tosas and Keck survived the avalanche and have been safely returned to basecamp by a rescue operation. 

John Cheesmond

News has reached us of the recent death of John Cheesmond who lived in Edinburgh. He had been a member since 1973

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Gerald Franklin

We have recently learned of the death of our Associate member Gerald Franklin

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Peter Robson

We have recently learned of the death of Peter Robson who had been a member since 1971.

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Duke of Edinburgh

The Alpine Club is saddened to hear of the death of our Honorary Member, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Alpine Club wishes to convey deep condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.

Albert Chapman

News has just reached us of the death of Albert Chapman, who was also a former President of the Yorkshire Ramblers, who died on 17th March.

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Egil Frederiksen

We were saddened to recently learn of the death of Egil Frederiksen, a Norwegian member, last August.

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Dave Fisher

News has just reached us of the death of Dave Fisher, a member in Canada, who died on 1 July 2020 and had been a member for nearly 70 years

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Crispin Simpson

We are saddened to learn of the death of Crispin Simpson, a member for over 50 years.

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Doug Scott

Doug Scott

It’s with great regret that we announce the death on 7th December, of our former president Doug Scott, the first Englishman to climb Everest and a major figure in the history of post-war mountaineering. He influenced the British climbing scene in a myriad of ways, through his writing and his long service with a number of organisations, and still found time to run the charity he established, Community Action Nepal. Current president Victor Saunders said: ‘Doug was easily the most charismatic person with whom I shared an expedition. He was an absolute giant. I’ll miss him as a person and feel privileged to follow in his footsteps at the Alpine Club.’

Guardian Obituary

Reinhold Messner sent this message of support to Doug Scott as Doug embarked on his staircase challenge, his final act of fund-raising for Community Action Nepal as he faced his final illness. Shared with thanks to John Porter.

Inge Cochin

News has recently reached us of the death, in July, of Inge Cochin.

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Hamish MacInnes

We are saddened to learn of the death on 23 November of our Honorary member Hamish MacInnes.

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Geoffrey Templeman

News has reached us of the death of Geoff Templeman, a member since 1980 and an Assistant Editor of the Alpine Journal for many years.

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Evelio Echevarria

News has reached us of the death of our member Evelio Echevarria.  He helped out a lot with the Alpine Journal and was the author of The Andes, The Complete History of Mountaineering in High South America.  He had been a member for 60 years. 

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Alan Harris

We are saddened by the news that Alan Harris passed away in his 100th year on Friday 17th July. 

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Jeremy Whitehead

News has reached us of the death of our member, Jeremy Whitehead.

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Peter Page

 News has reached us of the death of our member Peter Page. who had been a member for 40 years.

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Anne Sauvy (Wilkinson)

We have been informed of the sad death on 9 July of Anne Sauvy (Wilkinson) who had been a member since 1975.  In addition to being a very accomplished alpine ice climber, Anne is best known as a prize winning mountain author. Her books of short stories - Flammes des Pierres - The Game of Mountain and Chance - Darkness and the Azure - were translated into multiple languages and won many literary awards. Anne also wrote 'Mountain Rescue Chamonix Mont Blanc, a highly acclaimed account of the PGHM rescue service.

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Richard Brooke

News has reached us of the death of our member Richard Brooke who was born in 1927, a member in 1950 and ACG in 1953 (Retired).

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Mike Bullock

We are saddened by the news that Mike Bullock passed away on Friday 24th April. 

  

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