About The Alpine Club
The Alpine Club is the only national club for Alpinists and is the World's first mountaineering club. For a century and a half its members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration. We aim to be the club of choice for all mountaineers. We provide a forum for sharing experiences and information. We welcome all mountaineers.
The AC promotes a code of climbing ethics, which seeks to protect mountains, mountain regions and their people from any harmful impact by climbers. The club is globally recognized as influential on these issues. Your membership will add to the weight of influence that we can bring to bear and allows you a voice.
The club includes, and always has, most of the leading British mountaineers of each generation. It now has members in more than 30 countries worldwide and acts as a focal point for contact with foreign alpine clubs.
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Approach to Cerro Torre
The Alpine Journal
is a 400-page annual record of mountaineering and the mountain experience which has been published continuously since 1859 and is issued free to members.
The club publishes the most comprehensive English guidebooks
covering the most popular regions of the Alps.
Members are kept up-to-date with Alpine Club activities through a newsletter
and maintains this website. Members have access to a "members only area".
The Alpine Club Library
is the most comprehensive collection of mountaineering literature in Britain with over 25,000 books, journals, guidebooks and expedition reports. Access is free to members and members may borrow books by post. Our librarian who himself is an expert mountaineer is available to assist in locating information.
The Alpine Club Picture Library
has a remarkable collection of mountain and mountaineering photographs, paintings, drawings, engravings and images, as well as a fledgling Film Library.
The ACL also maintains an Archive of letters, diaries, press cuttings and climbing artefacts providing a unique historical record available to members.
The Himalayan Index
is a comprehensive record of expeditions to Himalayan and Karakoram peaks over 6,000 metres, available free for reference.
The Alpine Club also campaigns to protect the mountain environment and mountaineering ethics.
The Alpine Club has negotiated a number of benefits
with suppliers and other alpine clubs.
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