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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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.
Affiliation to the BMC for full and aspirant members - access to BMC services such as insurance

 Many suppliers such as Mountain Life at Rheged in Cumbria, also give discount on production of the AC membership card

Shops & Discounts

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  • 20% discount for 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. For ordering online use the discount code which can be obtained in the members’ area.
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  • Snow+Rock are keen to support Alpine Club members. 20% discount on all goods except sale and promotional items. The code can be obtained from the members’ area.
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  • Cycle Surgery are keen to support Alpine Club members. 20% discount on clothing and accessories, and 10% off bikes. The code can be obtained from the members’ area
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  • Alpine Club members receive 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. The discount code can be obtained in the members’ area.
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  • 10% discount on most things including those already marked as discount items.
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  • Alpine Club members receive a 10% discount on non-sale items. Surfdome offer over 600 of the world's best brands. The discount code can be obtained in the members’ area.
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  • 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. The discount code is available in the members' area.
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  • Cotswold Outdoor are keen to support Alpine Club members. 20% discount on all goods except sale and promotional items. The code can be obtained from the members’ area.
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  • Browse the full EMS range online. A 20% discount on most items except promotional goods is offered to Alpine Club members. EMS can also supply other items not in the catalogue and are happy to prepare competitive quotations for larger group orders. The discount code can be obtained in the members’ area.
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  • Runners Need are keen to support Alpine Club members. 20% discount on all goods except sale and promotional items. The code can be obtained from the members’ area
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  • Browse the full UK Thermos range online. A 10% discount to Alpine Club members is offered on thermos flasks, travel mugs and cool bags. The discount code can be obtained in the members’ 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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Publications

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Huts and provisions

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  • 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
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  • Expedition Foods offer 10% discount on their top quality freeze dried meals. The discount code can be found in Alpinet the Members only section of the AC website.
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  • Expedition Foods have many years experience supplying light weight meals, ready to eat meals and other out door sundries to the world’s renowned explorers. Be-Well also create bespoke 24hr day packs.
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  • Alpine Club members can stay at huts belonging to the Swiss Alpine Club at member rates. There are also informal arrangements at some huts owned by the FFCAM (France) and the CAI (Italy). Alpine Club cards are often accepted in other countries huts as well.
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  • The Climbers' Club offers use of their huts in the UK. Guest rates apply. See the CC website for more information, then contact the hut booking secretary. BMC membership through the Alpine Club allows members to use many other club huts in the UK.
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  • 10% off any of Jerry Gore’s self-catering chalets and apartments in the Ecrins Massif. Full details on his website: AlpBase.com Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0871 218 0080
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