Austrian Alpine Club
|Category||Amateur athletic association|
|Founded||November 19, 1862|
|Regional affiliation||195 sections|
The Austrian Alpine Club - or more accurately the Austrian Alpine Association - (German: Österreichischer Alpenverein) has about 573,000 members (as of end 2018) in 196 sections and is the largest mountaineering organisation in Austria. It is responsible for the upkeep of over 234 alpine huts in Austria and neighbouring countries. It also maintains over 26,000 kilometres of footpaths, and produces detailed maps of key mountain areas within Austria. Much of this work is done by the association's 22,000 volunteers.1
The association also has sections in Belgium and the United Kingdom, and a group in Poland.
- Belgium: Vlaanderen Klim- en bergsportfederatie, or Sektion Flandern - 12,300 members (as of end 2018)
- United Kingdom: Austrian Alpine Club (UK), or Sektion Britannia - 15,200 members (as of end 2018)
- Poland: Alpenverein grupa polska - a group hosted within (the Vienna-based) Sektion Austria
- Slovakia: Alpenverein Slovakia - a group hosted within (the Vienna-based) Sektion Austria (as of 2013)
While all the above sections are in charge of their respective regional area of operation, one section is in charge of Austria's long distance path network:
- Long Distance Hikers:  - based in Graz and Vienna, Austria, appx. 1250 members as of 2018.
In 1871 Guido von List became the association's secretary.
- OeAV (Austrian Alpine Association) (in German)
- Austrian Alpine Club(UK) - OeAV Sektion Britannia (in English)
- Alpenverein Polska (Ortsgruppe of OeAV Sektion Austria) (in Polish)
- Alpenverein Slovakia (Ortsgruppe of OeAV Sektion Austria) (in Slovak)
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