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! 

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Covid-19 and Meets

Update accurate as of 05/05/2021. Please always check most recent guidance.

As the UK gradually opens up from lockdown, we are keen to get the meets program back up and running. We are just as keen to do this safely and to stay well within the laws, regulations and guidance set up by the UK government and other relevant authorities, for instance the Devolved Administrations for trips in Scotland and Wales etc.

AC Library will Reopen on May 18th

  

We are very pleased to announce that the Alpine Club Library is due to begin a phased re-opening. The library has been open to online enquiries during lockdown, but from 18 May we will be resuming some levels of normal service. In addition to online enquires we will offer a Click & Collect service, and will offer a booking system for in-person visits.

Gerald Franklin

We have recently learned of the death of our Associate member Gerald Franklin

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Peter Robson

We have recently learned of the death of Peter Robson who had been a member since 1971.

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Duke of Edinburgh

The Alpine Club is saddened to hear of the death of our Honorary Member, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Alpine Club wishes to convey deep condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.

Up Close with Jim Milledge

Interview by Melanie Windridge

The Silver Hut. Photo: Jim Milledge

90 year old Jim had a fulfilling career as a hospital physician with a special interest in respiratory diseases. Alongside this he pursued a ‘professional hobby’ of high altitude medicine, mainly in the field in the Greater Ranges.

Albert Chapman

News has just reached us of the death of Albert Chapman, who was also a former President of the Yorkshire Ramblers, who died on 17th March.

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Alpine ClubCast 22 - 16th March at 19:30

Tierra del Fuego: Climbing, sailing and horses at the Ends of the Earth


Andy Parkin, Simon Yates and Julian Freeman-Attwood take us to the remote and little known Cordillera Darwin on the tip of South America, which has received only a handful of expeditions over the years. Close to southern-most city in the world, Ushuaia, Charles Darwin and Eric Shipton were amongst the first to explore this area, with its bleak and weather-worn peaks, fjords and glaciers. Tonight we’ll hear about the history of its exploration and the expeditions and first ascents made there by three mountaineers who have been at the forefront of worldwide mountaineering for decades.

As usual the evening will finish with a Q&A.

Alpine ClubCast 23 - 23rd March at 19:30

Peaks and Pandemics: Andrew Pollard and Charles Clarke


Tonight Dr Charles Clarke - Kishtwar '65,
Kanjiroba '69, Everest SW Face '75 & NE Ridge '82 - introduces Andrew Pollard, Professor of Paediatric Infection & Immunity at Oxford, whom he met as a medical student at St Bartholomew's Hospital in the 1980s.

Andy went on to climb on Jaonli in '88, Chamlang in '91 and Everest in '94, doing high altitude medical research, while developing interests in childhood infections and their prevention. Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group at the University of Oxford for 20 years, Andy has worked on vaccines in Nepal and Bangladesh. He led the not-for-profit Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trials in the UK, Brazil and South Africa. This vaccine is now used here and is being distributed widely by COVAX, for global equitable access in millions of doses. Andy will describe how the Oxford vaccine was developed, and with luck indicate how we'll be able to return to the mountains this summer.

 As usual the evening will finish with a Q&A.

Alpine ClubCast 24 - 30th March at 19:30

Conrad Anker: Queen Maud Land, Antarctica


In 2017, The North Face dispatched a team of the world’s finest explorers to one of the world’s last great climbing frontiers: the Queen Maud Land territory. Here they spent a month climbing and establishing new routes on the remote frozen towers of the Wolf’s Jaw massif.  Jimmy Chin and Conrad Anker tackled a new route on the 3,600-foot
Ulvetanna; Savannah Cummins and Anna Pfaff summitted the towering Holtanna; and Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright, using techniques honed in Yosemite, blitzed up 13 different spires spread across the ice field.  In total the team climbed 15 peaks in just 17 days. 

Join us for an evening with Conrad Anker, one of the most prolific explorers and mountaineers alive today.

As usual the talk will finish with a Q&A.

Alpine ClubCast 25 - 6th April at 19:30

Nepal: The Wild West


The West of Nepal is one of the least explored areas in the Himalaya with hosts of unclimbed mountains over 6000 metres on the Tibetan frontier. Tonight we trace the origins in the 1960s of the trekking boom in Nepal, which came full circle for Henry Edmundson when he returned, after his early explorations, to climb Dhaulagiri 7 in 2007.  Then we head North West, with Becky Coles and Paul Ramsden, to a beautiful area which had received few visitors even by the mid 2010s. Both achieved first ascents, and Paul’s stunning line on Gave Ding with Mick Fowler was awarded a Piolet d’Or.
 

As usual, the three talks will finish with a Q&A.

Himalayan Club Annual Seminar

AC Members have been invited to join the 2021 Himalyan Club Seminar. The event will feature talks from Natalie Berry, Mick Fowler, Bernadette McDonald, Mark Richey, Kristjan Erik, Jamling Tenzing, Peter Van Geit, Rupin Dang and Mingma Tenzing. 
 
The event runs from this Friday (05/03) to Sunday (07/03) with talks scheduled from 6:00PM to 8:30PM. We are assuming that this will be Mumbai time, which is 5 and a half hours ahead of the UK.
 
The talks will go out live and can be viewed on either the Himalayan Club Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.
 

Egil Frederiksen

We were saddened to recently learn of the death of Egil Frederiksen, a Norwegian member, last August.

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Alpine Club Kyrgyzstan Expedition 2021


31st July – 28th Aug 2021 (TBC)

Mountains cover 95% of the territory of Kyrgyzstan and 40% of those are above 3,000 meters high. Many regions remain unexplored and the country offers huge potential for exploratory mountaineering on peaks over 4000m at a reasonable cost. An ideal first major expedition for confident independent climbers with Alpine experience, this exploratory expedition will aim to make first ascents of several virgin 4000m peaks. The size of the expedition is not fixed but should not exceed eight participants..

Review: 2020 UIAA General Assembly

The 2020 UIAA General Assembly (GA) was held on 23-24 October. Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual meeting took place online for the first time in the federation’s 88-year history. A record number of delegates – 130 representatives from 68 countries – joined on Zoom and a further 250 member federation representatives and partners followed an accompanying livestream on YouTube.

Alpine Club Launches ‘Women Rise Up’ to Mark 150th Anniversary of Groundbreaking Year in Female Mountaineering

      

The Alpine Club has opened applications for attendees to join a trip to Zermatt, Switzerland to travel and climb in the footsteps of Lucy Walker and Meta Brevoort who, in 1871, made the first female ascents of a number of iconic European peaks, including the Matterhorn, Weisshorn and the Dent Blanche.

Dave Fisher

News has just reached us of the death of Dave Fisher, a member in Canada, who died on 1 July 2020 and had been a member for nearly 70 years

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Alpine ClubCast 21 - 19th January at 19:30

Bagpipes and Blagging

Worldwide First Ascents with Uisdean and Tom

Uisdean Hawthorn and Tom Livingstone talk about their climbing trips around the world, including a busy few years where they spent 6 out of 12 months climbing and living together. The pair have been to Alaska, Canada, the Alps, Scotland, Pakistan and India... amongst others. They’ve climbed a new route in Alaska and most recently, Uisdean put up a new route on Mt. Robson in the Canadian Rockies.

As usual the talks will conclude with a Q&A

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