Austrian Alpine Club

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Austrian Alpine Club
Gebetsfahnen bei der Kellerjochhütte.JPG
SportMountaineering
CategoryAmateur athletic association
FoundedNovember 19, 1862 (1862-11-19)
Regional affiliation195 sections
HeadquartersInnsbruck
PresidentAndreas Ermacora
Official website
www.alpenverein.at
Austria

The Austrian Alpine Club - or more accurately the Austrian Alpine Association - (German: Österreichischer Alpenverein) has about 545,000 members (as of 2017) 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.

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: [1] - based in Graz and Vienna, Austria, appx. 1250 members as of 2018.

In 1871 Guido von List became the association's secretary.

The association has a museum in Innsbruck dedicated to the history of alpinism.

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