Alpine club

The first Alpine Club, founded in London in 1857, was once described as:

a club of English gentlemen devoted to mountaineering, first of all in the Alps, members of which have successfully addressed themselves to attempts of the kind on loftier mountains. (The Nuttall Encyclopaedia 1907)

Today, Alpine clubs stage climbing competitions, operate alpine huts and paths, and are active in protecting the Alpine environment. The oldest is the UK Alpine Club, originally founded as a gentlemen's club (see List of London's gentlemen's clubs). With around 1,000,000 members the German Alpine Club is the largest Alpine club in the world.

List of Alpine clubs

Club Abbreviation Country Founded
Academic Alpine Club of Innsbruck AAKI Austria 1893[1]
Academic Alpine Club of Munich AAVM Germany 1892
South Tyrol Alpine Club AVS Italy 1946 (1869: as DAV branch)
Alpine Club AC Great Britain 1857/58
Alpine Club of Canada ACC Canada 1906
Alpine Club of Haller AGH Austria 1905
Alpine Club of Krummholz AGK Austria 1879
Alpine Club of Peilsteiner AG? Austria 1894
Alpine Club of Preintaler AGP Austria 1885
Alpine Club of Reißtaler[2] AGR Austria 1881
Alpine Association of Berne[3] AVB Switzerland 1909
American Alpine Club AAC USA 1902
Appalachian Mountain Club AMC USA 1876
Associazione Sentieri Alpini Calanca ASAC Switzerland 1978
Belgian Alpine Club BAC CAB Belgium 1883
Club Alpin Monégasque CAM Monaco 1911
Club Alpin Français CAF France 1874
Club Alpino Italiano CAI Italy 1863
Clubul Alpin Roman CAR Romania 1936
Den Norske Turistforening DNT Norway 1886
German Alpine Club DAV Germany 1869
Federación Española de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada FEDME Spain 1922
Fédération des Clubs Alpins Académiques de Suisse
Association of Academic Alpine Clubs of Switzerland
  • Academic Alpine Club of Basle AACBS 1918[4]
  • Academic Alpine Club of Berne AACB 1905[5]
  • Academic Alpine Club of Zürich AACZ 1896[6]
  • Club Alpin Académique Genève CAAG 1927[7]
FCAAS Switzerland 1983
Fédération française de la montagne et de l’escalade FFME France 1942
Federazione alpinistica ticinese FAT Switzerland 1965
Groupe Alpin Luxembourgeois GAL Luxembourg 1955
Groupe de Haute Montagne GHM France 1919
Climbing Interest Group (Interessengemeinschaft Klettern) IG Klettern Germany 1989
Icelandic Alpine Club[8] ÍSALP Iceland 1977
Ladies’ Alpine Club LAC Great Britain 1907 to 1975 Merged with AC
Liechtenstein Alpine Club LAV Liechtenstein 1946 (1909 DuÖAV branch)
Austrian Friends of Nature (Naturfreunde Österreich) NFÖ, TVN Austria 1895
Nederlandse Klim- en Bergsport Vereniging NKBV Netherlands 1902/1998
Österreichische Bergsteigervereinigung ÖBV Austria 1907
Austrian Alpine Club (Österreichischer Alpenklub) ÖAK Austria 1878
Austrian Alpine Club (Österreichischer Alpenverein) OeAV Austria 1862
Austrian Tourist Club (Österreichischer Touristenklub) ÖTK Austria 1869
Austrian Tourist Association (Österreichischer Touristenverein) ÖTV Austria 1908
Planinska zveza Slovenije PZS Slovenia 1893
Ljubljana–Matica Mountaineering Club Matica Slovenia 1893
Swiss Alpine Club SAC CAS Switzerland 1863
Swiss Ladies' Alpine Club SFAC Switzerland 1918 to 1979 Merged mit SAC
Slovensko Planinsko Društvo Celovec
Slovenian Alpine Club Klagenfurt
SPD Celovec Austria 1953, 1900 as a branch of the PZS
Società Alpinistica Ticinese SAT Switzerland 1937
Società Escursionistica Verzaschese SEV Switzerland 1983
Société des Touristes du Dauphiné STD France 1875
Svenska Turistföreningen STF Sweden 1885
Unione Ticinese Operai Esccursionisti UTOE Switzerland 1919


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