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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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


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.