Alpine Journal
CategoriesClimbing, Mountaineering
PublisherThe Alpine Club
First issue2 March 1863
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Alpine Journal (AJ) is an annual publication by the Alpine Club of London. It is the oldest mountaineering journal in the world.[1]


The journal 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).[2]

The journal 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

Journal volumes since 1926 (bar the current issue) are freely available online.[3] Digital scans of earlier volumes of the Alpine Journal from 1863 to 1926 have been made by academic libraries and are available online.[4][5]

Notable editors

The following people have edited the journal:


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Goodwin, Stephen (2004). "The Alpine Journal : a century and a half of mountaineering history". The Himalayan Journal, Volume 60.
  2. ^ Peaks, Passes and Glaciers, ed. Walt Unsworth, London: Allen Lane, 1981, p. 15
  3. ^ Alpine Journal Digitisation Project
  4. ^ "Internet Archive issn:0065-6569". Retrieved 2022-08-05.
  5. ^ Yeld, George; Butler, Arthur John; Conway, William Martin; Freshfield, Douglas William; Stephen, Leslie; Alpine Club (London, England) (1863). "Hathi Trust Catalog Alpine Journal". Retrieved 2022-08-05.
  6. ^ A. T. Quiller-Couch, revised by Nilanjana Banerji, "Butler, Arthur John (1844–1910)", in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  7. ^ George Band (2006). Summit: 150 Years of the Alpine Club. London: Collins. p. 237. ISBN 9780007203642.