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

Shap Wells Hotel
Shap, Cumbria, CA10 3QU



4:00pm AGM

5:30-6:30pm Slide Shows:

Alex Mathie, on expedition that was recipient of Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund award.

Nick Hurndall Smith, on one of his recent expeditions.

Bernard Newman, on photographing for 'Extreme Rock'.

After the AGM and slide shows there is a presentation 6.30 to 7pm on the George Starkey Hut - Progress Report on Improvements.

7:30 for 8:00pm Annual Dinner

Our principle guest in friendship is Wcjciech ('Voyteck') Kurtyka, one of the pioneers of alpine style climbing of the biggest walls in the greater ranges. In 1985 he climbed Shining Wall on Gasherbrum IV, which Climbing magazine declared was 'the greatest achievement of mountaineering in the twentieth century'. In 2016 he received the Piolet d'Or for lifetime achievement in mountaineering.

Ticket prices

£35 per person reduced to £24 for those aged 38 and under on the date of the dinner. This is for a three-course dinner (excluding drink, for which there is a cash bar).

To book your ticket(s):

  • By cheque made payable to Alpine Club and posted
    to 55 Charlotte Road, EC2A 3QF
  • By PayPal - you need to log in first
    Ticket type
    Dietary requirements
  • In both cases, please state the names of those for whom tickets are being issued. Tickets can be used in reserving places in the dining room.
  • Please state any special dietary requirements.

All queries to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or to 020 7613 0755


The hotel has 108 bedrooms and we have arranged for the hotel to hold 70 of them for AC members and guests. All bookings are to be made by Club members direct to the hotel's reservations desk on 01931 716628. Members should quote "Alpine Club room rates" when making their booking ( 

The hotel is within 2 miles of junction 39 of the M6.

The George Starkey Hut in Patterdale has been reserved for members and if they wish to book in for that weekend, they should contact the booking secretary, Paul Hudson, direct by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone on 07962255621

Join in the celebration

As this is our 150th Annual Dinner, members and their guests are invited to attend the dinner in period costume (any period) if they wish.