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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Death Announcements

 

This page contains notices announcing the recent deaths of Club members, often with details of their involvement with the Alpine Club and, occasionally, with information about their funeral/memorial arrangements.

 

Members can log into the website to leave their comments and tributes.

 

More complete obituaries for members are compiled in the Alpine Journal. Rod Smith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is the current Alpine Journal Obituaries Editor.  If you would like to contribute to an obituary, please contact him directly.

 

 

Richard Sykes

We are saddened to learn of the death on 17 September of Richard Sykes, who had been a member for 50 years.

Lady Ann Chorley

We are saddened to learn of the death on 19 August of Lady Ann Chorley. She had become a member of the Ladies’ Alpine Club in 1966.

Rick Allen

Rick climbing on Nanga Parbat. Photo: Sandy Allan

The Club has been deeply saddened to learn of the death of long-standing member Rick Allen. Reports currently indicate that Rick died in an avalanche while attempting a new route on K2 with Jordi Tosas and Stephan Keck. Tosas and Keck survived the avalanche and have been safely returned to basecamp by a rescue operation. 

John Cheesmond

News has reached us of the recent death of John Cheesmond who lived in Edinburgh. He had been a member since 1973

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Gerald Franklin

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

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