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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It is worth noting that some countries have customs that may be very different from those in western society and it is important not to inadvertently cause offence. Typically Muslim countries require women to cover up more than in the UK and the wearing of short trousers above the knee or shirts that expose the shoulders may be frowned upon. Travel guides such as those produced by Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/guidebooks ) can offer more up-to-date advice.