The Pinnacle Club library has been steadily built up since the foundation of the club in 1921 and the historic collection is now available at Bangor University Library to researchers and anyone else with an interest in the history of climbing. The collection includes memoirs, instruction manuals, journals and even novels relating to mountaineering and rock climbing in the UK, the Alps and the Himalayas, spanning the breadth of the 20th century.
As a reflection of the climbing interests and focus of the Pinnacle Club over the last century the collection provides a fascinating glimpse into the history and development of climbing and mountaineering during the 20th century. The Pinnacle Club journals in particular, with their detailed descriptions of meets and the routes undertaken, offer a unique insight into how the club was pushing the boundaries in women’s climbing during this period.
The Pinnacle Club library is housed alongside the Climbers Club library at the Normal Site Library in Bangor and together the collections form an extensive and wide ranging history of climbing and mountaineering. Visitors are welcome in person (details https://www.bangor.ac.uk/library/) and the collections are catalogued on-line at http://tinyurl.com/hj8lvk7