Reciprocal Rights in Mountain Huts

Our members enjoy reduced accommodation rates in all mountain huts belonging to the national mountaineering federations of Austria, Germany, South Tyrol, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Slovenia, Belgium, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.  A full list of the mountaineering federations to which this applies may be found on our Reciprocal Hut Rights page and details of many of the huts can be found via our Alpine Hut Information page.

In Category I and II huts there is always a Bergsteigeressen (Mountain Climbers’ Meal, a cheap but filling evening meal) for members, and only members have the right to buy jugs of Teewasser (hot water for making tea and other beverages).

Alpine Association Worldwide Service (AWS) providing Annual Rescue and Repatriation Insurance

The ÖAV insurance policies under which ÖAV members receive cover are provided by Austrian companies and governed by Austrian law.

For a summary of cover provided by AWS as part of ÖAV membership, please refer to the AWS explanatory document as below. NB this cover is primarily for mountain rescue, it is NOT comprehensive travel insurance. You should read the document carefully to ascertain whether you need to take out additional insurance to meet all your requirements. If you have any queries please contact KNOX Versicherungsmanagement GmbH as explained in the document.  The AAC(UK) Office is not able to answer questions which seek interpretation of the insurance cover.

The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF) and may be printed. If you do not have a PDF Reader installed on your computer you may download one free of charge.

[AWS 2015/2016 Insurance document in English] 

[AWS 2015/2016 Insurance document in German]

For further comments concerning mountain rescue, click here.

Claim Form

In the event of needing a Claim Form, click on the links below.  Instructions for completing the form are also included:

Claim Form – for rescue, repatriation and medical treatment costs.

Claim Form – for third party liability

Claim Form – for legal expenses


We have a wide range of activities in the UK and abroad.  Singles are welcome!

  • Residential Meets, Day Walks, and Lectures in the UK;
  • Residential Meets, Hut-to-Hut Tours, Treks and Expeditions in the Alps and other mountain areas of the world;


We sell a range of merchandise to members only, through the AAC(UK) Office:

Other Benefits

  • Subsidised training courses in the Alps and UK;
  • Quarterly newsletter with news and reviews of Club activities;
  • Expedition Fund to help finance expeditions by AAC(UK) members;
  • Discount codes for members, from selected; mountaineering clothing and equipment suppliers; Cotswold Outdoor, Elite Mountain Supplies, Tilley, Cicerone guidebooks and 2TomsUK.
  • Members merchandise shop
  • Access to the password-protected Members’ Area of our website

The AAC(UK) and the ÖAV

You may find out more about the relationship between the AAC(UK) and the Österreichischer Alpenverein (ÖAV) here.

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[Updated 20 January 2016]

Become A Member FOR 2016

2016 Membership is valid from midnight (UK time) on the day of processing up to 31 Jan 2017.

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