Alpine Journal

Alpine Journal
Categories Climbing, Mountaineering
Frequency Annually
Publisher The Alpine Club
First issue 2 March 1863
Country United Kingdom
ISSN 0065-6569

The Alpine Journal is an annual magazine published by the Alpine Club of London. It is the oldest mountaineering magazine in the world. Since 2004, the editor-in-chief is Stephen Goodwin.


The magazine was first published on 2 March 1863 by the publishing house of Longman in London, with Hereford Brooke George as its first editor. It 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 Edward Shirley Kennedy as editor).[1]

The magazine covers all aspects of mountains and mountaineering, including expeditions, adventure, art, literature, geography, history, geology, medicine, ethics and the mountain environment, and the history of mountain exploration, from early ascents in the Alps, exploration of the Himalaya and the succession of attempts on Mount Everest, to present-day exploits.

Online access

Issues from the last 40 years (bar the current issue) are freely available online. A second stage in this digitisation programme is intended to make all volumes back to 1863 available.[2]

Notable editors

The following people have edited the magazine:


  1. Peaks, Passes and Glaciers, ed. Walt Unsworth, London: Allen Lane, 1981, p. 15
  2. Alpine Journal Digitisation Project
  3. A. T. Quiller-Couch, revised by Nilanjana Banerji, "Butler, Arthur John (1844–1910)", in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  4. George Band (2006). Summit: 150 Years of the Alpine Club. London: Collins. p. 237. ISBN 9780007203642.

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