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
 

Members of the Alpine Club can benefit from a number of arrangements with suppliers, shops and climbing organisations:

Free access to the AC library and the Royal Geographical Society's library.
Access to the Club's collection of world maps.
A wide range of climbing lectures in London, the North of England, Lake District, Edinburgh and the South West.
Free Annual Journal and Newsletters.
Grants to support expeditions.
Discounts at many climbing shops.
Members' rates at Swiss Alpine Club huts and discounted rates at American Alpine Club lodgings
Free bunkroom accommodation in central London for mountaineering-related visits. (Please note: this benefit is strictly reserved for Alpine Club members only.)
Affiliation to the BMC for full and aspirant members - access to BMC services such as insurance
Access to the range of items available in the Club Shop

Many suppliers such as Mountain Life at Rheged in Cumbria, also give discount on production of the AC membership card. Please note that some suppliers will not give a discount on promotional or sale items.

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Shops & Discounts

  • Browse the full EMS range online. We give a discount of up to 20% on recommended retail prices (usually a booster of 10% on the already discounted price). We are happy to prepare competitive quotations for larger group orders.
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  • Alpine Club members receive up to a 10% discount. Surfdome offer over 600 of the world's best brands.
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  • A discount of up to 20% is offered to Alpine Club members purchasing items from the Climbers Shop in Ambleside. Books, maps, food, fuel and sale promotions are excluded. Members should show membership cards in the shop. When ordering by phone, give your name and membership number.
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  • Runners Need are keen to support Alpine Club members and offer up to a 15% discount on most goods.
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  • Cycle Surgery provide members with a discount of up to 15% on clothing and accessories, and 10% off bikes.
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  • Alpine Club members receive up to a 10% discount on all SplashMaps products. SplashMaps developed techniques to produce maps printed on fabric which are virtually indestructible, can be screwed up and stuffed in your pocket, and are even machine washable. The range of maps includes 1:40,000 and 1:25,000 UK maps, with the option to customise the coverage area.
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  • Needle Sports is located in Keswick and offers discount to Alpine Club members on most items except books, maps, videos and sales items. For bulk orders they offer even larger discounts.
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  • Buffalo Systems Ltd, Sheffield, offer a discount of 36% off MSRP to Alpine Club members purchasing kit for personal use.
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  • Up to 20% discount for Alpine Club members at Joe Brown shops in Llanberis & Capel Curig excluding books, maps, food, fuel and sale promotions. Members should show membership cards in shops and orders can be made by phone or on the website.
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  • Browse the full UK Thermos range online. A discount of up to 10% is offered to Alpine Club members on thermos flasks, travel mugs and cool bags.
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Publications

  • Cicerone are pleased to provide club members with a 20% discount on all printed guidebooks.
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  • Vertebrate Publishing offer Alpine Club members a 20% discount on their extensive range of books. This is applied to the total basket value of items bought on the VP website. Vertebrate is the UK's specialist mountaineering book publisher and have published many books by AC members present and past. They also sell the Baton Wicks collection (Ken Wilson's) and a wide range of guidebooks to numerous mountain activities.
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  • Members get the Alpine Club newsletter three times a year, as well as the annual Journal.
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  • 25% discount on AC guidebooks and other Club publications, also Climbers' Club and Fell & Rock guidebooks. Telephone for details.
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Huts and provisions

  • The Alpine Club has partnered with the Association of British Members of the Swiss Alpine Club (ABMSAC) in the ownership and management of the George Starkey Hut in Patterdale, There are 8 beds reserved for members of the AC and ABMSAC and their guests on a first-booked, first-in basis.
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  • Expedition Foods offer 10% discount on their freeze dried meals. The discount code can be found via Alpinet in the Members section of the AC website.
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  • Expedition Foods have many years experience supplying lightweight, ready-to-eat meals and other outdoor sundries to the world’s renowned explorers. Be-Well also create bespoke 24hr day packs and are happy to provide a 10% discount to AC members.
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  • Upon production of their Alpine Club card, members may stay at huts belonging to the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) at SAC members’ rates.
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  • The Climbers' Club offers use of their huts in the UK to AC members. Outside booking rates apply as a BMC affiliated club. See the CC website for more information, then contact the hut booking secretary to make your arrangements.
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  • 10% off any of the self-catering chalets and apartments in the Ecrins Massif. Full details are available via the website, or you can contact Jerry Gore directly on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0871 218 0080
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