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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The Alpine Club publishes an annual journal, a selection of climbing guides to the key alpine areas, a range of Christmas cards and a Newsletter. Click on the images below to view further details of each, ordering and pricing information, and updated information. Many of these items can be purchased through Cordee.

Alpine Journal

The Alpine Journal is a substantial annual record of mountaineering achievement which has been published continuously since 1859. It is issued free to members. Those from 1969 onwards are fully digitised and can be viewed and searched by Volume or Area.

Back copies are also available for the following years

Find out more at the Alpine Journal website

1859 - 1891 1892 - 1926 1927 - 1952 1953 - 1968


The AC publishes the most comprehensive English Guidebooks covering the most popular regions of the Alps. Included here are updates for each guide.

You can buy our guidebooks from our Shop


The Newsletter includes news items, articles, details of all club events, and anything that may be of interest to our members.

The AC also produces a regular Bulletin which is e-mailed to members. For more information contact the AC

We also have a comprehensive set of Newsletter Back issues available for download