Alpine and UK Training Courses

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.

Alpine Ski Touring Courses – Winter 2015 – Austria


Alpine Courses – Summer 2015 – Austria

Aug 9–15 Sun – SAT: Alpenverein-Akademie Introduction to Alpine Rock Climbing Course at the Stripsenjochhaus, Wilder Kaiser, Austria.

Originally a stronghold of the Munich and Kufstein climbing schools, alpine history was written in the Wilder Kaiser. For 100 years the sport of climbing has developed on rocks like Totenkirchl, Fleischbank and Predigtstuhl. It was here where Hans Dülfer created new climbing styles and techniques, Helmut Kiene and Reinhard Karl opened the first route rated VII° with Pumprisse, and it was on Fleischbank where Stefan Glowacz climbed “des Kaisers neue Kleider” (X+), the most difficult route so far.  5-6 participants per guide.

Aug 16–22 Sun Sat:  Alpenverein-Akademie Introduction to Klettersteige Course, based at Gasthof Rechenhof or similar, Innsbruck, Austria.

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 the new Bergmobil (minibus).  5-6 participants per guide.

Aug 30 to Sep 5 SUN – Sat: Xtreme Rock Workshop, Cinque-Torri-Hütte, Dolomites.

This is a new experimental workshop for competent rock climbers who wish to up their skills with some personal tuition.  The course will be based at the Cinque-Torri-Hütte for five days of intense climbing on the famous Cinque Torri towers located twenty minutes from the hut.  We need 6 members for this to run.  Cost (to be advised) but for members a Category A grant may apply.

Alpenverein-Akademie Tour Leader Training and Assessment Courses –  2015 – Austria

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.

Possible UK training courses

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

Courses include: Mountain Awareness Day / Winter Skills for Walkers / Alpine Skills First Aid – Rescue and Emergency Care / Introduction to Scrambling / Introduction to Rock Climbing / Emergency Procedures for Rock Climbers / Navigation Essentials / More Navigation / Navigation by GPS.


Applications now being sought from members for the following tour leader training courses:

Feb: Übungsleiter Ski Touren:

For aspirant ski tour leaders over non-glaciated terrain. 6 places.

July: Übungsleiter Hochtouren:

For aspirant summer tour leaders over glacial terrain and technical ground fitted with wires, chains, ladders.  6 places.

[Updated 12 August 2015]

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