List of alpine clubs

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The first alpine club, the Alpine Club, based in the United Kingdom, was founded in London in 1857 as a gentlemen's club. It 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" ( Nuttall Encyclopaedia , 1907).

Alpine clubs are typically large social clubs that revolve around climbing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Many alpine clubs also take on aspects typically reserved for local sport associations, providing education and training courses, services for outdoorsmen, and de facto regulation of local mountaineering resources and behavior of mountaineers. Most clubs organize social events, schedule outings, stage climbing competitions, operate alpine huts and paths, and are active in protecting the alpine environment.

With around 1,000,000 members the German Alpine Club is usually reckoned as the largest alpine club in the world.

List of Alpine clubs

[1] [ circular reference ]ClubAbbreviationCountryFounded
Alpine Club of PakistanACPPakistan1974
Alpine Club Prishtina KAPKosovo2013 [2]
Clube Alpino Paulista CAPBrazil1959 [3]
Academic Alpine Club of Innsbruck AAKIAustria1893 [4]
Academic Alpine Association of Innsbruck AAVIAustria1900 [5]
Academic Alpine Club of Munich AAVMGermany1892
South Tyrol Alpine Club AVSItaly1946 (1869-1923: part of OeAV, banned after 1923)
Alpine Club ACGreat Britain1857/58
Alpine Club of Canada ACCCanada1906
Alpine Club of Haller AGHAustria1905
Alpine Club of Krummholz AGKAustria1879
Alpine Club of PeilsteinerAG?Austria1894
Alpine Club of Preintaler AGPAustria1885
Alpine Club of Reißtaler [6] AGRAustria1881
Alpine Association of Berne [7] AVBSwitzerland1909
American Alpine Club AACUSA1902
Alpine Club at CU CUACUSA2001
Andean German Club DAVChile1924
Appalachian Mountain Club AMCUSA1876
Associazione Sentieri Alpini Calanca ASACSwitzerland1978
Australian Alpine Club AACAustralia1950 [8]
Barts and the London Alpine Club [9] BLACUnited Kingdom1941
Belgian Alpine Club BAC CABBelgium1883
California Alpine Club CACUSA1913
Club Alpin Monégasque CAMMonaco1911
Club Alpin Français CAFFrance1874
Club Alpino Italiano CAIItaly1863
Clubul Alpin Român CARRomania1934
Colorado Mountain Club CMCUSA1912
Crimean-Caucasian Mountaineering ClubCCMCRussia1890 [10]
Delftsche Studenten Alpen ClubDSCNetherland1922
Den Norske Turistforening DNTNorway1886
Excelsior Alpine Club ExcelsiorHungary1966
German Alpine Club (Deutscher Alpenverein)DAVGermany1869
Kiama Alpine Club KACAustralia1957 [11]
Kiandra Pioneer Ski ClubKPSCAustralia1861 [12]
Kosciusko Alpine Club KACAustralia1909 [13]
Federación Española de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada FEDMESpain1922
Fédération des Clubs Alpins Académiques de Suisse
Association of Academic Alpine Clubs of Switzerland
Fédération française de la montagne et de l’escalade FFMEFrance1942
Federazione alpinistica ticinese FATSwitzerland1965
Groupe Alpin Luxembourgeois GALLuxembourg1955
Groupe de Haute Montagne GHMFrance1919
Climbing Interest Group (Interessengemeinschaft Klettern)IG KletternGermany1989
Icelandic Alpine Club [18] ÍSALPIceland1977
Japanese Alpine Club JACJapan1905
Ladies' Alpine Club LACGreat Britain1907 to 1975 Merged with AC
Liechtenstein Alpine Club LAVLiechtenstein1946 (1909 DuÖAV branch)
Austrian Friends of Nature (Naturfreunde Österreich)NFÖ, TVNAustria1895
Nederlandse Klim- en Bergsport Vereniging NKBVNetherlands1902/1998
New Zealand Alpine Club NZACNew Zealand1891
Österreichische Bergsteigervereinigung ÖBVAustria1907
Austrian Alpine Club (Österreichischer Alpenklub)ÖAKAustria1878
Austrian Alpine Club (Österreichischer Alpenverein)OeAVAustria1862
Austrian Tourist Club (Österreichischer Touristenklub)ÖTKAustria1869
Austrian Tourist Association (Österreichischer Touristenverein)ÖTVAustria1908
Alpine Association of Slovenia (Planinska zveza Slovenije) PZSSlovenia1893
Ljubljana Matica Alpine Club (Planinsko društvo Ljubljana-Matica)PD LMSlovenia1945
Polski Związek Alpinizmu PZAPoland1974
Swiss Alpine Club SAC CASSwitzerland1863
Skagit Alpine Club SACUSA1960
Swiss Ladies' Alpine Club SFACSwitzerland1918 to 1979 Merged mit SAC
Società Alpinistica Ticinese SATSwitzerland1937
Società Escursionistica Verzaschese SEVSwitzerland1983
Société des Touristes du Dauphiné STDFrance1875
Southern Alps Ski Club SASCAustralia1935 [19]
Svenska Turistföreningen STFSweden1885
Türkiye Dağcılık Federasyonu TDFTurkey1936 (predecessor 1928) [20]
Unione Ticinese Operai Esccursionisti UTOESwitzerland1919
Israel Climbers Club ICCIsrael1939
Mazamas MAZUSA1894
Damavand mountaineering and ski clubDMSCIran1953
The Mountaineers USA1906
Washington Alpine Club WACUSA1916
Centro Excursionista Brasileiro CEBBrazil1919 [21]
Círculo Marumbinista de CuritibaCMCBrazil1930 [22]

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