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! 

Becoming a Member

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  • The Everest expeditions of 1921, 1922 and 1924 were incredible feats of human ingenuity, vision and personal courage. 100 years on from the exploratory expedition of 1921, the Alpine Club marked this remarkable undertaking with an exhibition that comprehensively examined the 1920s expeditions, using the words of the expedition members themselves and never-before-seen artefacts to tell the complete story of early Everest exploration. The exhibition catalogue, compiled by the Alpine Club's Honorary Librarian Barbara Grigor-Taylor and designed by Abrahams, offers a detailed and compelling companion piece to the exhibition.
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  • Mandalay and Beyond: An army doctor’s diary. Clicking on the Read More button below will download the pdf file of the full manuscript by Charles Evans of his experience as a newly qualified doctor in Burma during the conflict from 1944 – 1945.  Unusually observant and perceptive he writes with humour and compassion in a simple, direct style.
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  • AC blank greeting cards are available in a pack of ten, consisting of two distinctive designs (five cards of each design).

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  • The Club has produced an A3 calendar for 2021

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  • Alpine Club reusable cup

    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. They are very competitively priced at just £8.00 plus p&p.

  • The Club often reproduces classic mountain paintings from its collection as Christmas Cards. They do not carry a date and have a simple seasonal greeting. They are available in packs of ten.

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  • The First Descent of the Matterhorn

    The First Descent of the Matterhorn

    AC Member Alan Lyall's book represents a lifetime of his research and is a full bibliographic guide to the 1865 accident and its aftermath. It contains illustrations from contemporary sources, biographies of all those involved in the First Ascent in 1865 and the accident on the descent, and reproductions of original documents, reports and letters. Following Alan's recent death, the library received the remaining copies of the First Edition for sale - and there will be no second edition.

    Price : £25 +p&p (£20 +p&p for members)

  • The Artists of the Alpine Club

    The Artists of the Alpine Club

    A Biographical Dictionary compiled and written by Peter Mallalieu

    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 peaks they had climbed. Descriptions of these artists form the principle part of the text of this Dictionary, together with many illustrations of their work.

    Price reduced to £20 +p&p

  • The AC publishes the most comprehensive English Guidebooks covering all the most popular regions of the Alps. Here is a list of guidebooks published by the Alpine Club and available at discounted prices from Cordee (see below). Special offers can also be found in the members’ area

    Valais Alps West
    Ecrins Massif
    Dolomites West & East
    Dolomites small
    M Blanc 1
    M Blanc 2
    Bregalia Bernina
    Bernese Oberland
    4000 m peaks (2012)

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  • Alpine Club Buff

    Alpine Club Buff

    A multifunctional tubular accessory ideal for many activities. Designed to keep you warm in the cold but will also wick moisture (sweat) away from your skin to keep you cool when its hot. The lightweight, breathable, Microfibre fabric is also wind resistant and extremely comfortable to wear.

    The price £13 +p&p

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