Austrian Alpine Club
|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: Oesterreichischer Alpenverein) has about 470,000 members (as of 2014) in 195 sections and is the largest mountaineering organisation in Austria. It is responsible for the upkeep of over 236 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.
The Association also has sections in Belgium and the United Kingdom, and a group in Poland.
- Belgium: Vlaanderen Klim- en bergsportfederatie, or Sektion Flandern - 8800 members (as of 2013)
- United Kingdom: Austrian Alpine Club (UK), or Sektion Britannia - 10,000 members (as of 2014)
- Poland: Alpenverein grupa polska - a group hosted within (the Vienna-based) Sektion Austria
In 1871 Guido von List became the Association's secretary.
- OeAV (Austrian Alpine Association) (German)
- Austrian Alpine Club(UK) - OeAV Sektion Britannia (English)
- Alpenverein grupa polska (Ortsgruppe of OeAV Sektion Austria) (Polish)
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