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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Elisabeth Parry

News has reached us about of the death of our member, Elisabeth Parry, who died on 27th July aged 95 peacefully at home.

Members would be welcome to send their tributes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that they can be posted on the website.


John Monks

We are saddened to learn of the death of our member John Monks who died on 9th August. His funeral will take place at the catholic church in Nyon, Switzerland on 18th August.

Members would be welcome to send their tributes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that they can be posted on the website


AC Pembroke Meet 22-26 June 2017

Despite a few last minute cancellations, there was still a great turnout for the AC North Pembroke Meet based at Porthclais Farm, with 15 attendees either camping or campervan-ing at this spacious campsite, a three-minute sprint from the nearest climbing.


Gasherbrum IV East Face

For a brief report of a determined Alpine Club attempt on Gasherbrum IV East Face shut down by unprotectable rock band.


BMC Survey

Dear Member

Most of you will be aware that the BMC are undertaking a complete review of their governance and operations.  The Review will informed by the findings of a Member Survey.  This is now available to complete on the link below.  All 85,000+ members of the BMC are being asked to complete this survey. 

 As one of the Founding Clubs of the BMC, and the only Club in the UK fully dedicated to Alpinism and the ethics and ethos of mountaineering, your views are important.  I would encourage all members to take this opportunity to take part and make your views on the future role and governance of the BMC known:

Kind regards 


John Porter


Walt Unsworth

It is with sadness that we have learnt that Walt Unsworth died on the 7th of June. He was born in 1928 and elected a Member in 1968. He also founded Cicerone Press. A full obituary will follow. Members would be welcome to send their tributes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  so that they can be posted on the website.

AC AGM and Annual Dinner 2017

Saturday 11 November 2017


Webbington Hotel, Loxton, Somerset BS26 2HU



4:00pm AGM

5:30pm - 6:30pm Presentations by Robert Powell, Renland Expedition and Becky Coles, recent expedition (recipients of awards from Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund), Sir Chris Bonington, revisiting ‘Coronation Street’ and John Cleare on judging the Photo Competition

7:30pm for 8:00pm Annual Dinner – guest speaker Steve Swenson past President American Alpine Club, Karakoram explorer 


AC Photo Competition winning pictures will be displayed and the overall winner announced!


Ticket price: £33 /£22 for age 35 and under, for three-course dinner (excluding drink for which there is a cash bar)

To book your ticket(s):

• By cheque made payable to Alpine Club and posted to 55 Charlotte Road, EC2A 3QF

• By PayPal - click here:  Dinner 2017

 In both cases, please state the names of those for whom tickets are being issued any special dietary requirements

Please note we do not take credit or debit card payments

All queries to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or to 020 7613 0755


Bedrooms at the Webbington Hotel:

The hotel has 58 bedrooms and we have reserved 40 of them for AC members and guests at the following discounted rates:





Standard double / twin including breakfast £65 per room £80 per room £50 per room

Standard double / twin

single occupancy

including breakfast

£55 per room £65 per room £40 per room







Importantly, if these reservations are not confirmed by bookings by Club members by 11 October 2017, they will be offered to third parties. So we urge you to book your room as soon as possible 

How to make room bookings at the reduced rates: All bookings are to be made by Club members direct to the hotel’s reservations department on 01934 750100. Members should quote “Alpine Club discounted room rates” when making their booking

Location: For anyone familiar with that part of the M5, the hotel is an unmistakable landmark prominently located alongside the M5 just east of Weston-super-Mare and 15 miles south of Bristol. It is midway between junctions 21 and 22 which can be reached in 15 to 20 minutes. Bristol Airport is 25 minutes by road.

Local environment: Nearby climbing on rock can be found at Cheddar, Avon Gorge and Breen. The hotel is on the edge of the Mendips which offers excellent walking country.


Alpine Club Photo Competition - 2017

Members are invited to take part in the Club’s 2017 photo competition. 

The subject matter must relate to Mountains or Mountaineering; the two categories being:

1. Mountain Landscape

2. Action in the mountains

The Final Judge this year will be John Cleare, an Alpine Club Member and Professional Photographer of note.

Please note the following key dates as they are critical:

  • Entries to arrive by end of day 1st September 2017
  • Preliminary judging completed by 15th September 2017
  • Final judging completed by 1st October 2017
  • Results announced by 2nd October 2017

Photographs for this competition need to have been taken within a 12 month period, starting on the 1st August 2016 and ending on the 31st July 2017.


CLICK HERE to read the full competition rules and CLICK HERE for the entry form

“An Invitation to Seek Blessings from His Holiness The Dalai Lama”

Not the kind of invitation you receive every day. And one AC vice-president Stephen Goodwin was more than happy to accept.

The invitation came from the Himalayan Club. As part of its 90th anniversary celebrations, the HC had been fortunate enough to secure an audience with the Dalai Lama at Dharamsala, the Tibetan ‘capital in exile’ in Himachal Pradesh, India.


Young Alpinist Event, North Wales

The Alpine Club is working with the BMC to look at ways of helping young, talented British climbers to improve their skills and knowledge about expedition climbing.

As part of this process an evening meeting will be held at The Beacon Climbing Centre in North Wales on Saturday 15 July and all keen, young British alpinists are invited.

If you are an experienced, keen British alpinist under 35 years old and wish to attend then book a place on the event by emailing Nick Colton: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This is not an introductory programme for alpine climbing, but targeted at those who already have significant experience in Scottish winter climbing, summer and winter alpinism and perhaps expeditions. You don't need to be jogging up North Faces or climbing Scottish grade VIII to come along, just to be actively climbing in the mountains and be excited about expedition alpine climbing. If this sounds like you then please come along!

CLICK HERE for more details

Announcing the George Starkey Hut Maintenance Meet

This fantastic new AC membership benefit, with its excellent location in the eastern Lake District relies on members giving a little time to keep it in good shape.
So a joint ABM/AC Hut Maintenance Meet will take place on the weekend of 1-3rd September 2017. This meet will be organised by David Dunk and Marian Parsons (both AC members).
The idea is that bednights will be free to those willing to put in a day's work. There is no pressure to spend the whole weekend working: one day work and one day play is fine!
A free meal will be provided on the Saturday night.  Mike Parsons has his 75th birthday (1st Sep) and wants to celebrate a bit, so there will be some free wine too!
Jobs will be allocated according to what people feel they can do. 
Please book with Marian Parsons. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

John Ashburner

News has reached us that John Ashburner passed away on 5th May at Aintree Hospital, Liverpool, after a courageous 5-year battle with cancer of the larynx.

Members would be welcome to send their tributes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that they can be posted on the website.


Piolets d’Or 2017

This year the Piolets d’Or has set up its base-camp in Grenoble and, in a new format, is taking place in two parts. 

At the April event the 9th presentation of the Piolet d’Or Career Award was made to Jeff Lowe, the 8th Honorary AC Member recipient of this award, and the 2016 route awards were announced.  These will be presented at the second 2017 Piolets d’Or event in Grenoble in November during the Recontrés Cine Montagne Film Festival.

Montane Alpine Climbing Club Fund

Montane Alpine Climbing Club Fund ( MACCF) grants are now available for both official Alpine Club expeditions and independent private expeditions involving Alpine Club members.

Grants are usually given to expeditions attempting new routes or first ascents in high and / or hard to reach mountain ranges e.g. the Himalaya and Karakoram ranges. Grants will now not typically be given for the more well-travelled mountain areas in Central Alaska, Patagonia, or Greenland (unless the applicants are young members who are new to expeditionary climbing).  First ski ascents or descents are not usually supported. A new feature of the grants is that they may now be awarded to teams attempting early repeats of technical routes, especially on 7000m and 8000m mountains, and/or if they aim to improve on the style of earlier ascents. Preference is given to expeditions by students and younger members, and to those who have not previously received a grant.

Details of funding and the application process can be found HERE.

AC Meet - The Tatra Mountains 2018

The Tatra Mountains are situated on the border between Poland and Slovakia. During winter, they offer excellent alpine climbing – snow, ice and mixed routes, followed by sharp ridges that take you to spiky summits. Descents are often tricky. There is no problem with acclimatisation as the altitude is 2000 – 2600m.

Peter Mallalieu

It is with great sadness that we report the death on 6th March of Peter Mallalieu, Honorary Keeper Emeritus of the Club’s Paintings.  

Peter joined the Club in 1992 and in 1996 became Honorary Keeper of the Club’s Paintings. In 2007 he published ‘The Artists of the Alpine Club’, the first ever biographical study of Alpine Club artists

Peter Mallalieu's funeral was held at Banbury Crematorium on Friday 17 March at 2.00 pm.

Members would be welcome to send their tributes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that they can be posted on the website

UK Alpine Introductory Meet

2nd – 4th June 2017

George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, NE Lakes

Main Road (A592), Patterdale Village, Cumbria.  Nearest Postcode: CA11 0NN

Grid Ref – NY 396162 (OS Outdoor Leisure Map No 5)

Meet Details:

The AC are planning a training focused meet based in Patterdale (Lake District).  The focus will be on transferring skills to Aspirant Members and those who wish to improve their Alpine skills.

Informal training and guidance will be provided from more experienced members within the club (IFMGA guides and qualified instructors).

Topics will range from what to put into your rucksack to some basic Alpine mountaineering skills.

The Journeyman Alpine Club Meet 2017


The Alpine Club Journeyman Meet is aimed at Aspirant Members who have already climbed at least 7 to 10 PD routes in the Alps, and may have already participated in the Saas Fe Aspirant Meet in previous years.

The participants’ will be aiming to complete the 20 PD routes needed to become Full Members of the Alpine Club, and looking for sufficient climbing partners to make this happen


The Journeyman will be held in Argentiere just outside of Chamonix with access to routes such as the Cosmiques Arete, Aiguille Rochefort and of course Mont Blanc. The meet will be held over two weeks in a self catering chalet with shared rooms in the village. A nearby campground offers an alternative to the chalet.


After a mandatory induction day with a local mountain guide covering safety and route finding, the participants will be encouraged to explore the mountains surrounding Chamonix with their climbing partners. During the first evening a member of the Chamonix Gendarmerie will also provide an overview of specific dangers of the region. The meet also aims to host a special guest to share in their experiences in expedition planning and route choice.


The meet will be held from 2nd September to 16th September after the main summer season to take advantage of quieter huts and mountains. It also gives members of the Saas Fe Aspirant Meet the opportunity to extend their stay in the Alps by one week.