Training Courses – Alpine & UK

The alpine courses are organised for English speaking participants by the Alpenverein-Akademie, which is based at the Alpenvereinshaus, Innsbruck.  For details of how to apply for these courses, and of the grants that are available to AAC(UK) members, please see the Alpenverein-Akademie Training Course page in the Members’ Area.


July: 16 – 22:  AV-A Alpine Skills Basic Course, Braunschweiger Hütte, Ötztaler Alps

Group instruction on glacier travel, crevasse rescue, movement over steep ground, rope handling, mountain rescue, first aid, navigation, and alpine danger awareness. 5-6 per guide.

July: 23 – 29: AV-A Alpine Skills Improver and Refresher Course, Jamtal Hütte, Silvretta

This builds on the Alpine Skills course to further develop your skills, to gain the ability and confidence to organise your own alpine tours. 5-6 per guide.

August: 6 – 12: AV-A Introduction to Alpine Rock Climbing, Muttekopfhütte, Lechtaler Alps

The focus of this course is to develop a solid foundation in core rock climbing techniques. At the end of the course you should be a competent and self reliant lead climber on easy alpine routes. 5-6 per guide.  Click for article on this course Alpine Rock Climbing, Kaiser by Subhrendu Chatterji

August: 13 – 19: AV-A Introduction to Klettersteige, Gasthof Rechenhof, Innsbruck

Many different categories of via ferrata are located close to Innsbruck, making it possible to have a varied and informative course. Learn more about equipment, technique and tactics. Stay in comfort near the town, with venues easy to reach with AV-A’s minibus. 5-6 per guide.  Click for article on AV-A Basic Klettersteige, Via ferrata 2016 by David Symonds



Details will follow for new courses when available.



Übungsleiter FREE courses are organised by the Alpenverein-Akademie to train people who wish to organise and lead tours on a voluntary basis. Candidates must meet several requirements relating to skill and experience. Members willing to volunteer to lead a multi-day tour for their section, ideally in Austria, within two years of attendance, may be nominated by their section as a Tourenführer-Anwärter (Aspirant Tour Leader) and then be eligible for a place on an appropriate Übungsleiter course, subsidised by the section and the ÖAV.

This course has already taken place for 2017



These courses are only available to current members of AAC(UK).

Planned training events and courses are listed below. Training in other skills and techniques can be organized if there are sufficient indications of interest.

For more details apply for membership and get access to the Members Only Area.

June 28 – June 29: Introduction to Scrambling – Snowdonia – Training for young members aged between 18 and 24 years

The 2 day training element is for young mountaineers who want to discover scrambling and alpine techniques through safe movement on rocky ridges and buttresses in preparation for bigger adventures, such as alpine mountaineering.

The 2 day course is subsidised by the Club and will cost £40.00 for 2 days instruction in Snowdonia on.  Accommodation is at the Gwern Gof Isaf Farm, Capel Curig, LL24 0EU, which has camping and bunk house options (£6.00 or £14.00 per night respectively).  Members will need to arrange and pay for their own transport and accommodation. For Details see the Club Meets and Tours – in the UK page.

[Updated 26 June 2017]

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