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! 

Join Us

We welcome applications from experienced mountaineers and climbers who have an interest in climbing and exploration in the Alps, Greater Ranges and other wilderness areas. Experienced mountaineers and climbers should apply to become either a Full or an Aspirant Member of the Club. Associate Membership of the Alpine Club is available for those who have made substantive and eminent contributions to alpinism in the fields of mountaineering history, literature, art, equipment, science, the protection of the mountain environment or conservation of the Club’s heritage.

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Full Membership

A candidate for Full Membership shall have achieved a high level of proficiency and self-reliance, and have demonstrated a commitment to alpine climbing. Typically, they have climbed approximately 20 substantive peaks or routes at an average grade of PD or above in the Alps, or in other ranges or wilderness areas, over at least three seasons. Hard alpine routes and serious climbs in the greater ranges will carry more weight than snow ascents. Ski mountaineering ascents are taken into account.

Please download an application form -  MS Word (.docx) or pdf.


Aspirant Membership

Alpine Mountaineering Experience
Candidates for Aspirant Membership shall have some alpine mountaineering experience, including roped glacier travel and mixed snow and rock climbing to PD grade. Aspirants should have an enthusiasm for the mountains making it reasonably likely that they will qualify for Full Membership in due course.




UK Winter Mountaineering Experience
Alternatively, for those mountaineers who do not have any alpine mountaineering experience, but now wish to take their experience to an alpine level, the Club offers Aspirant Membership for a fixed term of one membership year. Candidates should have UK winter mountaineering and climbing experience, that ideally includes mixed winter climbing in Scotland, as a necessary foundation to develop the skills needed for technical mixed snow and rock travel in an alpine environment to enable them to successfully apply for Aspirant Membership with alpine experience or Full Membership within the fixed term of their membership.
Please download an application form

Please download an application form - MS Word (.docx) or pdf.

Upgrade from Aspirant To Full Member

Aspirant members who are now eligible for Full Membership (i.e. a minimum of 20 respectable alpine routes or peaks, or the equivalent of this in other ranges and wilderness) should complete a Full Membership Application for Aspirant Members.

Please download an application form - MS Word (.docx) or pdf.

Associate Membership

Candidates for Associate Membership do not have the climbing experience or aspiration to become Full members of the Club, but do have an interest in alpinism in the Alps and Greater Ranges and support the objectives of the Club. Their interest can be focused on their study of mountaineering history, literature, art, equipment, science, protection of the mountain environment or conservation of the Club’s heritage and they will have made a substantive and eminent contribution normally demonstrated by exhibition, publication or other public demonstration of their work. Alternatively, they will have made a valuable contribution to the Club’s activities over a considerable number of years.

Please download an application form - MS Word (.docx) or pdf.


The Club's rules stipulate that each applicant must have a proposer who has personal knowledge of them and, for full membership, is a full member of the Club.

If you wish to apply and do not know a member to propose your application, we will help you find someone, provided your climbing experience meets the membership requirements.

Next Steps

If you are an active climber, decide whether you should apply for Full Membership or Aspirant Membership, or alternatively apply using the Associateship route.

Please contact us if you need any assistance:

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Subscription Rates

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under 25 on 1st January (not including journal) £16
under 30 on 1st January £33
30 - 64 1st January £55
65 and over 1st January £44

There is a reduction of £10 for a shared Alpine Journal at the same address