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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Up Close with Henry Day

Interview by Melanie Windridge

Colonel Henry Day, past Vice President of the Club and past Chairman of the MEF, discusses his early climbing and the first British ascent of Annapurna fifty years ago.

How did you get into climbing?  

It was one particular year at school (I can’t remember which) after we finished our summer exams.  We didn’t used to be allowed to go home after the exams, so they dreamt up entertainment for us.  By the time the list reached me the only vacancies that were left were on a trip going up in the old school bus to North Wales.  And it was a revelation!  We stayed at Helyg.  That first evening we walked out to Little Tryfan.  The masters put top ropes up.  We bounded up and down and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The next day we did one of the pinnacle ribs up on Tryfan and I remember jumping across from the top of Adam to the top of Eve.  The whole thing was absolutely marvellous!  

One thing led to another and onto the Alps.  I was hooked!  One thing we saw [on an early trip] was the Miroir d’Argentine, and that’s still on my list of routes I have to do.  It’s been suggested I do this on the year of my 80th birthday, which is coming up.

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.

Appointment of Librarian (full time)

Salary: £28,000 - £32,000 per annum

The Alpine Club Library is seeking to appoint a Librarian from mid-January 2021, or as soon afterwards as possible. This post is central to the life of the Alpine Club, with the Librarian working closely with Club members, staff and visiting researchers interested in mountaineering, mountain culture and the mountain environment.

Inge Cochin

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

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AC Tatra Meet 2021

25 September – 03 October 2021

Morskie Oko is one of the most interesting climbing locations in the Tatra Mountains. It is a lake surrounded by big mountains like Mieguszowieckie Szyty, Cubryna and Rysy. Climbing here is varied and challenging. It is mainly on granite and it is mainly trad. Routes are from 3 to 20 (or so) pitches long and there are lots of options at all levels of difficulty. Descents are often tricky and require either multiple abseils or scrambling down from the summits. There are also several sport crags and alpine style ridges that are usually quite exposed but in good weather give fantastic views of the Tatras.

Hamish MacInnes

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

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Alpine ClubCast 20 - 15th December at 19:30


Sir Chris Bonington, John Porter and Andy Cave

AC Librarian Nigel Buckley talks to Sir Chris about the first ascent in 1974, then John Porter takes us up the South Face in 1978, and finally Andy Cave tackles developments on the North Face in 1997

As usual the talks will finish with a Q&A, for which we are also joined by Mick Fowler.

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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Alpine ClubCast 19 - 17th November at 19:30


Cathy O’Dowd, Andy Perkins and Phil Wickens

For those who think it’s more fun to descend your mountain on skis we have an evening of ski mountaineering in remote locations.

Cathy O’Dowd kicks off the evening with peaks in the Canadian Yukon. Then Andy Perkins showcases first ski descents in a little known fjord on the West Coast of Greenland.  Finally, Phil Wickens shows us how to get to Antarctica and what to do there.

As usual the evening will conclude with a Q&A

Alpine ClubCast 18 - 27th October at 19:30

Finest Climbs: Three connoisseurs reflect on what makes a great route

Charles Sherwood, Ian Parnell and Calvin Torrans

Charles Sherwood talks about his new book on finding the finest climb on each continent, then Ian Parnell talks about the UK’s Hard Rock routes as detailed in the newly released book of that name, and Calvin Torrans takes us to Ireland to give us an overview of some of the best climbing on the Emerald Isle.

We will finish with a Q&A

MEF Lecture - Annapurna 1970

MOUNT EVEREST FOUNDATION LECTURE

3 NOVEMBER 18:00 – 19:30

ONLINE - FREE

ANNAPURNA 1970

British Annapurna South Face Expedition 1970

The 1970 British Annapurna South Face expedition was the first to climb a difficult face route on an 8000m peak, a major Himalayan achievement.  On 27 May, Don Whillans & Dougal Haston  reached the summit of Annapurna I (26,545ft, 8,091 m). Chris Bonington led the expedition that approached from the Annapurna Sanctuary. The team used pioneering rock and ice climbing techniques to fix ropes up the steep South Face.

45th Anniversary screening of Everest the Hard Way + Exclusive Q&A

It's been forty-five years since Dougal Haston and Doug Scott stood as the first Brits on the summit of Everest, and the first ever team by the south-west face. To celebrate this incredible record-breaking achievement, we are pleased to announce a very special screening of Everest the Hard Way, followed by an exclusive Q&A with some of the original members of the team.

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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Alpine Club Greeting Cards

Alpine Club Greeting Cards

Hilda Marion Hechle (1886-1939), Fee Glacier and Allalinhorn, watercolour (38 x 53 cm) © The Alpine Club Collection [HE015P]

 

Charles Pilkington (1850–1918), Cuillins from Balmacara (1889), watercolour (11 x 18 cm) © The Alpine Club Collection [GM007P]

The Alpine Club blank greeting cards are available in a pack of ten, consisting of two distinctive designs (five cards of each design). The images are stunning and, as a pair, offer a greetings pack with a lot of image contrast suitable for all occasions. The Hechle image is very stark, graphic with strong contrast, whilst the Pilkington is soft, monochromatic and elegant. Each pack costs £7.00, P&P of £2 for 1 or 2 packs and £3 for 3 (or each multiple of 3). Overseas postage – please contact the Office Manager via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Route of AC members is awarded Piolets D’Or

Four remarkable ascents will be awarded Piolets d'Or in Ladek-Zdroj on September 19. The year 2019 turned out to be very rich for modern alpinism, with a substantial number of significant first ascents from all over the globe. The protagonists were alpinists of wide diversity.
One of the ascents is the First Ascent of Link Sar via the Southwest face. Congratulations to the team: MARK RICHEY, STEVE SWENSON, CHRIS WRIGHT, GRAHAM ZIMMERMAN.
 
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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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