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The Alpine Journal

The Alpine Journal is a substantial annual record of mountaineering achievement which has been published continuously since 1859. The premier publication of the Alpine Club, every year it features the finest examples of mountain writing, art and photography from around the world, alongside trip reports by cutting-edge mountaineers, book reviews and area notes.

It is issued free to members, but is also available to purchase at £26.00 plus £4.50 P&P. The current issue can be purchased directly from the Club using the PayPal checkout below or by contacing the Alpine Club Office on 020 7613 0755.

If you would prefer to avoid the postage costs, orders can be collected from our Shoreditch premises. Please cointact us to make arrangements.

Previous Alpine Journal issues are available for purchase via Cordee.

 

 

 

 

Alpine Club T-Shirt

Available in unisex sizes S / M / L the Alpine Club t-shirts are made from a technical, fast-wicking fabric that is comfortable to wear while active. The colour is black and they are manufactured by Fruit of the Loom.

T-shirts cost £16.00 each plus £4.50 postage and packaging. If you would prefer to avoid postage costs, you can arrange with us to collect your order from our Shoreditch premises.

T-shirts can be purchased using the PayPal checkout below or by phoning the Alpine Club Office on 020 7613 0755.

 

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The First Descent of the Matterhorn

AC Member Alan Lyall's book represents a lifetime of research and serves as a full bibliographic guide to the 1865 accident that so defined the first ascent of the Matterhorn. Lyall digs into both the accident itself, in which four climbers lost their lives, and the aftermath, using illustrations from contemporary sources, biographies of all those involved and reproductions of original documents to illuminate one of mountaineering's most famous tragedies. 

The copies available for sale are all part of the first and only print run, making this a rare and unique piece for your mountain library. The book costs £25.00 plus £4.50 P&P, but is available to AC members at a reduced price of £20.00 plus £4.50 P&P. (To avoid postage costs, you can arrange with us to collect your order from our Shoreditch premises.)

The book can be purchased using the PayPal checkout below or by phoning the Alpine Club Office on 020 7613 0755.

 

 

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Alpine Club Buff

The Buff - a handy mountain accessory designed to keep you head and neck warm in the cold but also wick away moisture in hot weather - is now available in an Alpine Club design. This lightweight, breathable, microfibre fabric is wind resistant, extremely comfortable to wear and a great way to celebrate your membership of the world's first mountaineering club.

The buffs are priced at £13.00 each plus £3.50 postage and packaging and can be brought using the PayPal checkout below or by phoning the Alpine Club Office on 020 7613 0755. If you would like to avoid postage costs, you can arrange with us to collect your order from our Shoreditch premises.

 

 

 

 

Alpine Club Reusable Cup

Made with naturally organic bamboo fibre, our bespoke reusable cups are elegant and stylish. With a biodegradable base material, the cups are BPA & phthalate-free, dishwasher safe and come with a resealable no-drip lid. In a nod to our commitment to preserving the mountain environment, the cups' insulative grips are emblazoned with the motto "For mountains wild and clean". 

They are very competitively priced at just £8.00 plus £3.50 p&p and can be purchased either by using the PayPal checkout below or by phoning the Alpine Club Office on 020 7613 0755. If you would like to avoid postage costs, you can arrange with us to collect your order from our Shoreditch premises.

 

 

 

 

The Artists of the Alpine Club

Since its foundation in 1857 there have always been members of the Alpine Club who have carried sketch-books into the mountains, keeping a record of their endeavours and the peaks they had climbed. In 'The Artists of the Alpine Club' Peter Mallalieu brings together descriptions of these artists with many beautiful illustrations of their work to create a gorgeous, informative work perfect for any climber's coffee table.

The book is available to order directly from the Alpine Club for £15.00 plus £4.50 postage and packaging. (Alternatively, you can arrange with us to collect your order from our Shoreditch premises.) Please checkout using the PayPal link below or you can order over the phone by calling the Alpine Club office on 020 7613 0755.

 

 

 

 

Information for New Members

Information for New Members

Welcome to the Alpine Club! We're thrilled to have you as a member.

The AC has a very active programme and a huge selection of resources available exclusively to members. This page details everything you need to know to get involved with the Club and to access the benefits of your membership. Please give it a read and bookmark it for future reference.

You can also keep up-to-date with memebrship activities via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



Climbing Meets

New members are warmly invited to the annual New Members’ Meet which will take place at the Club’s George Starkey Hut early each year. This offers a chance to meet other new members (aspirant and full), as well as committee members and long-term Club members.

The climbing meets programme varies from year to year. However, the Club usually holds several winter ice meets – in 2022 these took place in Ossetia, as well as the Tatra and the Alps, several alpine meets in the summer and meets in other parts of Europe, the Greater Ranges and other remote mountain regions. Each year we now offer members the chance to join Club expeditions further afield, with trips to the Greater Ranges. We have UK meets throughout the year in Scotland, Wales, the Lakes, Peak District and the South-West. In addition, for Aspirants we run an annual pre-Alps meet at the George Starkey Hut and an Aspirants meet in Saas which begins with two days of skills revision provided by alpine guides. You can see the programme of Club meets, and find details of how to contact meet organisers, on the Meets Section of the website.

As a club run by volunteers, members are always welcome to submit ideas for meets, and of course to organise them!

Alpine Club members are active in all the major mountain and remote areas of the world, and are still making first ascents of major new routes and unclimbed peaks.



ACG

The Alpine Climbing Group was founded in 1952 to provide a regular programme of meets for young , active climbers with a desire to climb extreme new routes. It was a forum for the transfer of skills and the development of partnerships and merged with the Alpine Club in 1967.

It was revived in 2018 and today its aims remain very much the same. All members who aspire to establish or repeat technically difficult climbs or undertake exploratory expeditions are encouraged to apply and benefit from a community that is focused around the same objectives. All ACG members are Full members of the Alpine Club and there is no additional cost to join the ACG.



The George Starkey Hut

 

The AC has a climbing hut, jointly leased with the ABMSAC, and situated in Patterdale in the Lake District. This is a wonderful facility and members are encouraged to use it at a highly subsidised rate of 45p per bed, per night. For details see https://george-starkey-hut.com/



The Climbing Fund

We run a well-established scheme to give grants to expeditions involving Club members, details of which, including how to apply, can be found here. If you are new to expedition climbing, then our Expedition Information Centre offers excellent advice on planning, safety and equipment.



Lectures and Symposia

 

We hold lecture programmes at the Clubhouse in London, and in Hathersage, Bristol, jointly with the ESC and CC near Kendal and, jointly with the SMC/JMCS, in Edinburgh. Details are in the enclosed Newsletter and announced on the Lecture Page of the Club website. Attendance at climbing meets and lectures is an excellent way to meet other members and you are welcome to bring guests.

From time to time, the Club holds symposia on mountain areas or topics. Seminars on Expedition Essentials for Women, and Planning Lightweight Expeditions are planned for 2023.



The Alpine Club Library, Archives and Photo Library

 

At the Clubhouse we have the leading mountaineering library in the UK which has an important collection of journals and books, all accessible to members. The main collection of modern books can be borrowed either in person or by post, or if you’d prefer we can scan sections to deliver by email. If you would like a postal loan please email and we can confirm postage costs before sending. 

To find a title, you can search the library catalogue online.  

The Library also has a wide range of resources ideal for researching future expedition objectives and a collection of over 6,000 digitised maps, as well as a large collection of printed maps. We will shortly have our vast range of expedition reports fully digitised and available to download. The full back catalogue of the Alpine Journal is already online.

The library is open from Tuesday to Thursday inclusive, from 10:00 to 17:00, and is free to AC Members. Our Librarian, Emma McDonald, is available to assist members during Library opening hours and can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 020 7613 0745. We are also fortunate to have a major collection of historic photographs and a collection of archives, which are digitally catalogued on the Access to Archives (A2A) national database.



Exhibitions

 

The Club has an extensive collection of mountain artworks and regularly holds exhibitions of works by leading artists in the Clubhouse. We also have links with a number of galleries specialising in mountain-related art. Exhibitions in 2022 included ‘Glaciers’, which showcased some of the finest works in our collection, including a number of rarely-exhibited hidden gems not shown for a long time; ‘A Wider Landscape’ featuring contemporary artwork alongside pictures from the AC collection, and ‘The British Alps’ featuring the Cuillin Ridge. Exhibitions are regularly announced via the AC Newsletter and the Club website.



Social Events and Networking

The Club’s Annual Dinner, to which all members and their guests are invited is held in November or December. The Club also has regional social events where members may meet others living in the same area.

An additional benefit, which is key to the Club's appeal, is access to a network of other climbers who are primarily focused on the Alps and Greater Ranges. The Alpine Club has members in over twenty countries and includes many of the UK's leading mountaineers. WhatsApp groups have been created in all the regions, including the Alps, so that members can share information and arrange to meet up. If you log into the AC website, you will be able to view and request to join a number of WhatsApp groups at this address: http://www.alpine-club.org.uk/members/whatsapp-groups



Newsletter, the Alpine Journal, the AC Website and Alpinet

 

The Club publishes a newsletter three times each year, in winter, summer and autumn with news of Club activities, cultural highlights and pieces on mountaineering issues by members. The Alpine Journal, published annually, contains articles covering the whole range of the Club's activities including climbing, literature, history, art and science.

The Club website has details of all upcoming events. There is a Members' area, which is accessible from the Club’s homepage. It is straightforward to register and we encourage members to do so, since it provides information direct from other members and last-minute opportunities which you might otherwise miss. Within the Members’ Area, Alpinet provides a means of sending an email to all members who have consented to be contacted in this way, or to individual members. It also contains a ‘Members’ Handbook’, with contact details for all members that is constantly updated.



Social Media

The Club provides a steady stream of information about Club activities and the wider mountaineering world on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It also has a private Facebook Group for Club Members where members can exchange information, advertise for climbing partners and express views on any topic. You can request to join the group here. Lastly, the Club also runs a YouTube account where we share video tours of exhibitions, livestreamed ClubCast talks and lecture recordings.



Guidebooks and Shop Discounts

 

We have in the past published a range of guidebooks, which are available from the Office at a discount to members. In addition, through our distributor, Cordee, discounts are available on guidebooks published by other UK climbing clubs, including the CC, FRCC and the SMC.

A new benefit offered to members is a voucher for a free 30-day introductory subscription to FATMAP Explore which you can access here.

Discounts are also available from a number of UK retail outlets and a full list of discount codes is available on our Member Benefits Page.



Affiliations

The Club is affiliated to the British Mountaineering Council and the UIAA, the international body representing mountaineering. Together with the Royal Geographical Society, we helped found the Mount Everest Foundation. The MEF gives grants to expeditions with an emphasis on exploration and research. It has recently widened its scope to emphasise sustainability.



Concessionary Hut Rates

Concessionary rates are now available at all huts participating in the UIAA International Reciprocal Agreement on Mountain Huts. These will only be available on production of a current AC membership card. These are issued annually, usually in early March.



Club Organisation

The Club is managed by an elected committee, headed by the President, currently Simon Richardson, and two Vice Presidents, currently Nick Kekus and Adèle Long. The Annual General Meeting is held in November or December, usually on the same day as the Annual Dinner. Only Full Members may vote and we encourage Aspirant Members to upgrade their membership as soon as they qualify so that they can play a full and active part in Club life.



Bunkhouse, Library and Office

 

We have a Clubhouse in London. This contains the Club office, the Alpine Club Library and a lecture room with a small bar that is open for specific evening events. Members are welcome to visit the Clubhouse during office hours, Monday to Thursday, 10am-5pm. We also have a bunkhouse in the Clubhouse that is available to members who are engaged on Club or other mountaineering-related activities. The bunkhouse is free but there is limited space, so a bed must be booked in advance through the office.



Club Office

The Club has a full-time Office Manager, Ewa Orzechowska.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact her by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 020 7613 0755 during office hours, Monday to Friday, 10:00 -17:00, except Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon.



Subscriptions

We received a direct debit form at the time of your application which will be used to collect your subscription in January 2024 and future years. Please make your 2023 subscription payment by PayPal at this link. As well as on the Paypal page, a full list of subscription rates can be found on our Membership Page and it is circulated annually in paper form in advance of the AGM motion to approve the following year’s rates.

Please let us know if you change your bank account and contact the office to find out about alternative payment methods if you go abroad for an extended period and will no longer have a UK bank account.



Your Contact Information

Please let us know if you change your e-mail address, postal address or phone number. Climbers tend to be quite mobile and we have found it difficult to keep track of some members.  Once you are registered on the website, you can make these changes yourself.



Volunteering

The Club relies on volunteers for most of its activities, and an excellent way for new members to meet others is to get involved by volunteering. If you have any spare time and would be interested in assisting the Club, we would be delighted to hear from you. Tasks range from organising a climbing meet, helping with the organisation of regional lectures and mountaineering events, to those requiring specialist skills such as IT. If you can regularly visit the Clubhouse in London, there are also various opportunities to help the AC Library, working with the Keepers of our historic collections. For further details, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



… and Finally

The Club acquires many new members through personal contact. We are always delighted to receive applications for membership. If you have friends or family members interested in becoming members please encourage them to apply or invite them along as a guest to a meet or lecture.