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Women With Altitude - Joint Exhibition to Highlight Female Alpinists of the Last 100 Years

Women With Altitude - Joint Exhibition to Highlight Female Alpinists of the Last 100 Years

2021 marks 100 years since the foundation of The Pinnacle Club, one of the UK’s only all-women climbing clubs. As part of their centenary celebrations, the Pinnacle Club have partnered with the Alpine Club to host ‘Women with Altitude’, an interactive exhibition that profiles ground-breaking female alpinists from the last 100 years of both clubs.

As in so many areas of history, the lives and accomplishments of female climbers have often been overlooked, forgotten or diminished. This exhibition seeks to rebalance that narrative by making the biographical details of these women’s lives accessible and by foregrounding their stories with the use of their own words and possessions.

Alongside biographical displays for the 12 featured climbers, visitors will also be able to listen to audio recordings via QR codes, (a smartphone will be necessary for this element of the exhibition), and view a number of films featuring the profiled climbers. It is our hope that a combination of traditional exhibition materials, such as artefacts and displays, alongside these interactive elements will bring these women to life for a modern audience and allow us all to more fully engage with their stories.

 

Micheline Morin, Nea Morin & Alice Damesme at the Aigle Hut after completing the Meije Traverse
Dorothy Pilley

The exhibition will link these historic stories to the present using a timeline of women's achievements that runs up to the present day and shorter profiles of contemporary female mountaineers.

The exhibition is located at the Alpine Club’s premises of 55 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3QF and will run from 8 November to 8 January with closures on the 9 November, 14 December and for the Christmas period of 20 December to 5 January.

It is open 10AM – 5PM Monday to Friday, with extended opening to 9PM on Thursdays.

Entry is free and on a drop-in basis, but we do ask that larger groups of 8 or more visitors make a booking in advance by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ensure we can accommodate you. 

As part of the exhibition, the Pinnacle Club and Alpine Club have commissioned the production of teaching materials to be used by visiting school groups. The materials are linked to the national curriculum and are designed to accommodate children from KS2 to KS4 (11-16 years of age). If you are aware of any schools or youth organisations who may be interested in arranging a visit to the exhibition, please get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

 

 

Revised Library Opening Hours

From September 2021 the Library will open Tuesday to Thursday 10:00 - 17:00.

Bookings are no longer required for members wanting to browse the open shelves, though if you have a particular research project that requires access to the Club archives, please do contact us in advance so that we can prepare for your visit.

We kindly request that visitors to the library continue to follow Covid-19 precautions including sanitizing hands before entering the library.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

 

2021 AGM & Annual Dinner Announced

This year's annual dinner will be held on Saturday 27 November at the Castle Green Hotel, Cumbria LA9 6RG.

Our principal guest at the dinner is Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, the second woman to climb all fourteen 8,000ers and the first woman to do so without supplementary oxygen or high altitude porters. 

Tickets for the three course dinner are the same price as 2018 and 2019, namely £35.00 per person, reduced to £24.00 for those under the age of 38 on the date of the dinner. To book tickets, members should login to the website and navigate to the Annual Dinner Booking page in the "Events" tab.
 
B&B room rates are as follows: £129 for a double/twin room for 1 night and £218 for two nights. There is a £20 reduction for single occupancy. In addition, for those under the age of 38, the rate is further reduced by £29 per room by special arrangement with the Club.
 
These room rates will be held until 30 days before the event, so you are encouraged to book soon. Call 01539 734000 and quote Alpine Club.