Alpine Club

Alpine Club

“The Alpine Club, the world’s first mountaineering club, was founded in 1857. For over 150 years, members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration.”—http://www.alpine-club.org.uk/

“But I discovered the extremely unpleasant fact that the English Alpine Club were bitterly opposed to mountaineering — its members were incompetent, insanely jealous of their vested interests and unthinkably unsportsmanlike. Professor Norman Collie had proposed me for the club and Sir Martin Conway had been kind enough to second me; but the record of climbs which I put in to qualify for admission was much too good. It was subversive of all authority. The average Alpine clubman qualifies by paying guides to haul him up a few hackneyed peaks. He is not expected to do any new climbs whatever; and it is an outrage to the spirit of the club to do anything original.”—Chapter 16

“But if the Alpine Club should seek
To follow him on pass or peak –
(Their cowardice, their mental rot,
Are balanced nicely – they will not.)
– I see the Alpine Journal's border
Of black grow broader, broader, broader,
Until the Editor himself
Falls from some broad and easy shelf,
And in his death the Journal dies.”—from “Alpine Analogy” in the-sword-of-song

  • http://www.alpine-club.org.uk/ — “The Alpine Club, the world’s first mountaineering club, was founded in 1857. For over 150 years, members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration.”
  • Richard Kaczynski, Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley 1556438990

 

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