The Canadian Alpine Journal is the yearly flagship publication of the Alpine Club of Canada. It serves as a worldwide journal of record for achievements in climbing, mountaineering, ski mountaineering, and exploration of mountains.
Each issue contains feature stories about notable climbs, written by the participants, as well as short notes by climbers about new and noteworthy achievements. Some general articles about mountaineering, mountain medicine, the mountain environment, or other topics are also sometimes included. Each issue includes book reviews, memorials of deceased members, and club activities.
The journal was founded in 1907, and during the early decades some volumes covered more than one year. Since 1947 (volume 30), the journal has been published annually.
Other journals of record for climbing include the American Alpine Journal
published by the American Alpine Club
, the Alpine Journal
published by the Alpine Club
(of the United Kingdom
), the Himalayan Journal
, and Iwa To Yuki
, a Japanese
journal. All of these journals are often used by climbers planning expeditions, especially those who wish to verify that a proposed route would be a new one. Entries in these journals (and others) concerning major Himalayan
peaks are indexed in the Himalayan Index
The Canadian Alpine Journal currently has no online access as of June 2007. A complete set of the journal on DVD
is in preparation and will be available for purchase in fall 2007.
When the ACC will get it together and make the CAJ available online is anybody's guess.