The Alpine Journal
is the yearly publication of the Alpine Club
The Alpine Club was founded in London in 1857 and was probably the world's first mountaineering club. It is UK mountaineering's acknowledged 'senior club'.-History:...
London is the capital city of :England and the :United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its...
. 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
John Ball was an Irish politician, naturalist and Alpine traveller.-Background and education:Ball was born in Dublin, the eldest son of Nicholas Ball and his wife Jane Sherlock...
as editor), and 1862 (in two volumes, with E. S. Kennedy
E. S. Kennedy can refer to :* Edward Shirley Kennedy, alpinist and writer* Edward Stewart Kennedy, historian of science...
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.
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.
- Leslie Stephen
Sir Leslie Stephen, KCB was an English author, critic and mountaineer, and the father of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell.-Life:...
- Douglas Freshfield
Douglas William Freshfield was a British lawyer, mountaineer and author, who edited the Alpine Journal from 1872 to 1880...
- John Percy Farrar
Captain John Percy Farrar DSO , also known as Percy Farrar and as J. P. Farrar, was an English soldier and mountaineer. He was President of the Alpine Club from 1917 to 1919 and a member of the Mount Everest Committee.-Family:...
- Edward Lisle Strutt
Lt-Col. Edward Lisle Strutt CBE, DSO was an English soldier and mountaineer, and President of the Alpine Club from 1935–38.-Family:...
- T. Graham Brown
Thomas Graham Brown FRS was a Scottish mountaineer and physiologist.-Life and family:Graham Brown was born in Edinburgh 1882; his father – Dr J. J. Graham Brown – was a President of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh. T...