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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How to Join
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Approach to Cerro Torre
Andy Kirkpatrick


  • Climbing Meets are held regularly in Britain, the Alps and the Greater Ranges for climbers of all standards.
  • London Lectures by prominent mountaineers are held usually twice a month during the autumn, winter and spring at the club's premises in Charlotte Road, on the edge of the City of London.
  • Northern Lectures are organised usually once a month in Hathersage during the autumn and winter.
  • South West Lectures are held usually once a month in Bristol during autumn and winter.
  • Greater Ranges Symposia feature lectures by leading UK and foreign climbers on specific mountain areas.
  • Social Events, including the annual dinner and a series of regional dinners throughout the year.


  • 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.

How to Join

Members' Benefits
Details of discounts and benefits to members

The Club Headquarters
Map and how to find us

Officers and Contact Details
Who and where to contact

Club Statements and Policies
The aims and objectives of the club, environmental and ethical policies.

Alpine_Club_Rules and Regulations

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ALPINE CLUB, 55/56 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3QF
Telephone: (+44) (0)20 7613 0755       Email: admin@alpine-club.org.uk