The Alpine Journal is the journal of the Alpine Club, the oldest mountaineering club in the world, and was first published in 1863. The project to make the contents available free on-line began in 2009 - for more details click here. Over 3,700 articles are now on-line.
If you have comments or suggestions on improving the site or have discovered bugs or errors, apart from those noted below, please contact us.
All material contained on this site, including digital copies of articles and illustrations from the Alpine Journal, is copyright and should not be reproduced without permission of the Alpine Club. Readers are encouraged to use it for their own research, under the 'fair use' provisions of international copyright legislation, but may not publish or redistribute it, either in print or via their own web site.
Copyright of individual articles/illustrations within Alpine Journal is owned by the author or authors and their permission is required for further use. The Alpine Club hold the copyright for presentational aspects of the work, including layout and typography and their permission is also required for further reproduction of the pdfs.
Notes for contibutors to the Journal can be found in the linked pdf.
The development of the site and the electronic publication of the Alpine Journal, which remain a work in progress, has only been possible because of the assistance of a wide variety of individuals. These include: past Hon. Editors of the Journal Alan Blackshaw, John Fairley, Ernst Sondheimer, Johanna Merz, Ed Douglas, Bernard Newman and Steve Goodwin; their Assistant editors; and Editors of the Area Notes.
Thanks also to all those authors who agreed to their work appearing in the digital version of the Journal and all the members of the Alpine Club who helped in tracing them, in particular George Band, Alan Blackshaw, Derek Buckle, Francoise Call, Charles Clarke, John Cleare, Mick Fowler, John Harlin (USA), Iwonna and Tadeusz Hudowski (Polish authors), Harish Kapadia (India), Hywel Lloyd, Lindsay Griffin, Johanna Merz, Tom Nakamura (Japan), Piero Nava, Roger Payne, Simon Richardson (Scotland), Bill Ruthven (MEF), Victor Saunders, Martin Scott, Stephen Venables and Derek Walker. Thanks also to Klara Esters (DAV), Jonas Paulsson (SKF) Martina Pfurtscheller (OAV) and Cristina Reposi (CAI).
Thanks finally to Robin Quine (Alpine Club) and Shiona Dawson for proof-reading and suggesting improvements to the site. Also to Claire "Suzy" Campbell (tanfa.co.uk) for the elegant coding for the css image map rollovers, and Philip Regan for Simple Cataloger 3. Map images were sourced from Google Maps and Digital Wisdom (Mountain High Maps).
The text of each article published before 2010 has been automatically converted into digital form using optical character recognition (OCR) software and is included in the pdf files available on the site. It has not been checked or corrected and, since the automatic process is far from perfect, there are errors. This means that the full text search will not find instances of the word searched for in which the OCR failed to recognise it properly. In practice names of mountains and individuals are often duplicated within articles and sometimes contained within contents pages and filenames, which mitigates the problem to a significant degree.
We are working to resolve a problem with strange characters appearing in the filenames dispayed as the first line of full text search results and to deal with the absence of document links for some of the articles shown in the area analysis.
The November 1935 number of the Journal has gone missing, as have J. W. Wyatt's article on the Ennstaler alps (AJ 1932 Vol 44 pp245) and the Proccedings of the AC for 1947 (AJ 1947 pp96-99). The poor quality of the scans mean that it has not been possible to include the text of Tyson's article on W Nepal (AJ 1962 pp120-129) and an Editorial Note (AJ 1962 pp342) in the full text index. We hope to recapture this material in the near future.
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