Karwendel – Matt Nobles

The AAC(UK) is one of the largest UK Mountaineering Clubs with over 16,000 UK and overseas members. The principal benefits of membership, at no extra charge, are:

In addition, membership brings many other benefits.  If you are interested in any aspect of mountaineering, we warmly invite you to join or renew.

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

All the alpine countries have border closures and travel restrictions because of Covid-19.  Although these are gradually being relaxed, each country has its own travel restrictions, quarantine rules and certification requirements. The UK Foreign Office advises against all foreign travel until further notice. The UK government advises everyone to restrict travel (especially on public transport) and social contact.

Travel into Austria remains very restricted.  Click for more information about Austria.  Public transport schedules within Austria have been reinstated:  face masks must be worn on public transport and in all public places including shops:  From 1 May people already in Austria have been able to enjoy mountain activities again, subject to maintaining a recommended social distance of at least 1 metre.  The Federation of Alpine Associations of Austria (VAVÖ) has issued new guidelines for mountain activities: click to see the English translation of version 2.  From 15 June it is planned to open the borders between Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Lichtenstein.

Austrian huts are now open!

Modified Matratzenlager in Lizumer Hütte – Romed Giner

Since 15 May some huts have been open for the sale of food and drink with a minimum of 1m between all visitors, at table, going to and from tables, and while waiting for a table.  The 1m rule also applies to toilets.  Face masks are compulsory except while eating.  Frequent hand washing and social distancing as in the valley!  Click for additional rules for day visitor.

From 29 May huts are also able to offer accommodation according to the following four rules:

  1. Only visit our huts if you are fit and well!
  2. Bring your own face mask!
  3. You must reserve your bed in advance (by telephone or click for the online booking system: no booking – no bed!
  4. You must bring your own lightweight sleeping bag and pillow case! No blankets will be supplied.

In those huts where it has not been possible to erect partitions (as in the photo above), the minimum space between sleeping spaces must be 1.5m (unless from the same household).  Click to see additional rules for overnight visitors.

Huts throughout the alps are now open with similar restrictions to those in Austrian and German huts in Austria.  For further information please check the websites for the Swiss Alpine Club, French Alpine Club, Italian Alpine Club and South Tyrol Alpine Club.

All UK events have been cancelled or postponed.  New dates will be advertised as soon as possible, maybe at short notice through e-news.  All overseas tours and courses through until the end of September have also been cancelled but plans are afoot for 2021.

The AAC(UK) Office staff are currently working from home. Membership applications will be processed daily and you will receive a confirmation e-mail with your membership number.  Your membership and insurance will be valid from midnight (UTC) on the day your application is processed but membership cards will only be posted once a week.

The shop is now open except for high value items (which must be sent by recorded delivery) and large items (which cannot be posted through a post box). Orders will be processed once a week.  If you have any merchandise queries please email our office team at aac.office@aacuk.org.uk

We are currently, unable to post the latest edition of Bergauf magazine.  Click to see the online version


Photo of the month

Punta Anna via ferrata, Bellunese Dolomites – David Loeffler

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AWS Insurance

The AAC(UK) Office is unable to interpret the AWS leaflet and members with insurance queries should contact KNOX Versicheringsmanagement GmbH:

Tel Austria: 0043 512 238300-30
Fax Austria: 0043 512 238300-15
email: av-service@knox.co.at

Although the UK left the EU on 31 January, EHIC cards will be valid during the ‘transitional period’ until 31 December 2020.

In the event of repatriation KNOX have access to members details via a report sent from the AAC(UK) office. If you change your address, the AAC(UK) office must be informed to ensure the information sent to KNOX is up to date. There is no need to inform KNOX as this will be done automatically. If you request Insurance confirmation from KNOX, your new address must appear on the report sent to KNOX.


To assist with planning for 2021 click to see the hut page with links to hut opening times and the ÖAV Hut Finder

 

AAC(UK) Members’ Facebook group. This new Facebook group is run by members, not the Club. Click for more information

 

ÖAV Equipment recall notice – this may affect your safety!
 

[Updated 22 June 2020]

Become A Member FOR 2020

2020 Membership is valid from midnight (UK time) on the day of processing up to 31 December 2020.

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