Victorian London - Directories - Dickens's Dictionary of London, by Charles Dickens, Jr., 1879 - "Alpine Club"

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Alpine Club, 8 St. Martin’s-place, London, W.C.—This club was founded, in 1857, by about a dozen of the earliest explorers of the Swiss Alps, with the object of encouraging Alpine exploration and travel, and providing headquarters for those who are interested in all subjects connected therewith. It remained for many years the only Alpine Club in existence, but there are now very large clubs in France, Germany, Austria, Italy, and America. The Apline Journal, a record of mountain adventure and scientific observation—the club publication —is published once a quarter by Longman & Co. The mountaineering qualification of the club is a severe one, the object being to secure that only thoroughly experienced and qualified mountaineers should become members of the club. The name of every candidate, together with a list of mountain expeditions, or a statement of the contributions to Alpine literature, science, or art, upon which he founds his claim for membership, shall be first submitted to the committee, who shall decide upon the sufficiency of his qualification. The election is by ballot. Entrance fee, £1 1s. subscription, £1 1s

Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879