Alpine Club Imperialism

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Even though mountaineering was widely introduced to the British public in 1851, it took a few years for the movement to be organized as an expression of imperialism by the middle class. The first major group of organized mountaineers, the Alpine Club, formed in 1857 with Albert Smith as one of the founding members. It started as a fairly small but prominent club, staying under 200 members for its first decade. The club’s early goals were focused largely on first ascents (Bennet 6), which was the embodiment of imperialism that many of those inspired by Smith’s exhibitions were searching for. Magazines and newspapers at the time took notice of the Alpine Club; Fraser’s Magazine in 1859 commented on “how thoroughly English all this is, and how
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