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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We are saddened to receive news of the death on the 31st October of our Honorary Member Tony Streather, President of the Club 1990-1992 and a member of the Kangchenjunga first ascent team in 1955.

A celebration of his life will be held in St John the Baptist Church, Hindon, Wiltshire, on 1st December, at 12pm..

Members are invited to send their tributes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that they can be posted on the website.



#1 ac_administrator 2018-11-13 13:21
Tony Streather

The mountaineering achievements of Tony Streather formed some of the world’s mountaineering’s milestones and have accordingly been well documented in obituaries published in the national press. What has not been so well documented were his achievements as President of the Alpine Club. I was Hon. Sec. during Tony’s term as President and which occurred during what could arguably be considered to be the most difficult period of Presidency during the long history of the Club.

At the time that he assumed office, the Club had sold the lease on its premises in Mayfair having decided to move elsewhere. The Committee’s initial plan formed under a previous President had been to develop a site leased from the Royal Geographical Society with whom we shared many interests. However this was the subject of opposition both from some members who felt that the Club’s natural home was somewhere in the mountains and from others who recognised flaws in the RGS plan. At the time that he took office, the Club was temporarily operating with difficulty out of a small office space rented from the SCGB.

Tony had served earlier as Vice President, but that was before the “premises issue” had surfaced and he was essentially parachuted into the middle of the difficulties. He handled the situation which he had inherited with a calm dignity, civility and a respect for all points of view and he chaired consultative meetings both in and outside of London. During his Presidency the decision to purchase the Charlotte Road premises was eventually taken and the move was smoothly effected by a large team of volunteers (see account by George Band, AJ, p179, 1992).

Tony Streather was characteristically extremely modest about his achievements. It was a privilege to serve under him.

Mike Esten

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