|Publisher||The Alpine Club|
|First issue||2 March 1863|
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).
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.
The following people have edited the magazine:
- Leslie Stephen (1868–1872)
- Douglas Freshfield (1872–1880)
- Arthur John Butler (1890–1893)
- John Percy Farrar (1920–1926)
- Edward Lisle Strutt (1927–1937)
- T. Graham Brown (1949–1953)
- Johanna Merz (1992–1998)
- Peaks, Passes and Glaciers, ed. Walt Unsworth, London: Allen Lane, 1981, p. 15
- Alpine Journal Digitisation Project
- A. T. Quiller-Couch, revised by Nilanjana Banerji, "Butler, Arthur John (1844–1910)", in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2007)
- George Band (2006). Summit: 150 Years of the Alpine Club. London: Collins. p. 237. ISBN 9780007203642.