Alpine Journal

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Alpine Journal  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Alpine J
Discipline Climbing, Mountaineering
Language English
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Annual
ISSN 0065-6569

The Alpine Journal is the yearly publication of the Alpine Club of London. It is the oldest mountaineering journal in the world.


The journal was first published on 2 March 1863 by the publishing house of Longmans in London, with Hereford Brooke George as its first editor. The journal was a replacement for Peaks, Passes, and Glaciers, which had been issued in two series: in 1858 (with John Ball as editor), and 1862 (in two volumes, with E. S. Kennedy as editor).[1]

The Alpine Journal provides an “as it happened” history of mountain exploration stretching back almost 150 years, from early ascents in the Alps, exploration of the Himalaya and the succession of attempts on Mount Everest, to present-day exploits. This continuous record – accessed through the Alpine Club library in London – has provided a research resource for authors and historians.

In recent years, each volume has run to approximately 450 pages. Alpinists write feature-length articles about the most significant mountaineering achievements worldwide. There are also articles on the mountain environment, culture and occasionally politics, as well as the arts as inspired by mountains, and high-altitude scientific research. An ‘Area Notes’ section details recent climbs, region by region, around the world, and there is a book review section, as well as obituaries and news from the Alpine Club. The editor since 2004 is Stephen Goodwin.

Online access[edit]

In 2010 the Alpine Journal went on-line, with journals for the last 40 years (bar the current issue) freely available. A second stage in this digitisation programme is intended to make available all volumes back to 1863.[2][3]

Notable editors[edit]


  1. ^ Peaks, Passes and Glaciers, ed. Walt Unsworth, London: Allen Lane, 1981, p. 15
  2. ^ Alpine Journal Digitisation Project
  3. ^ "Alpine Journal goes digital",, 22 March 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011
  4. ^ A. T. Quiller-Couch, revised by Nilanjana Banerji, 'Butler, Arthur John (1844–1910)', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (OUP, 2007)
  5. ^ Band, George (2006). Summit: 150 Years of the Alpine Club. London: Collins. p. 237. ISBN 9780007203642. 

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