AAC(UK) Sektion Britannia

The Club for Alpine Walkers, Climbers, Mountain Bikers and Snowsport Enthusiasts

Welcome to the Austrian Alpine Club (UK); we are the British Section of the ÖAV, Sektion Britannia!  The Österreichischer Alpenverein is the largest mountaineering club in Austria with over half a million members.  The closest translation of its name is the Austrian Alpine Federation as it has 197 Sections.

The AAC(UK) is one of the largest mountaineering clubs in the UK with over 14,500 UK and overseas members.  The principal benefits of membership, at no extra charge, are:

  • Alpine Hut Rights; discounted accommodation costs in alpine huts belonging to the Österreichischer Alpenverein and 8 other Austrian mountaineering clubs as well as14 other National Mountaineering Federations. 
  • Worldwide rescue, medical and repatriation insurance without age limit.
  • Austrian and UK training courses with grants available to eligible members with 2 years’ current, continuous membership.

Tips on applying for Membership

Membership is open to ALL WORLDWIDE.  Membership is available from December to end of January (max. 14 months) yearly.  You may join anytime during the membership year, but all valid memberships will expire at the end of the following January.  2018 membership will be valid until end of Jan 2019.  Membership prices can be seen on the membership application form.

The membership application form is for individuals, families and households living at the same address.  If you are travelling in a group, individual applications are required.

Memberships cannot be applied for over the phone, please apply online.  Payment will be taken at the end with debit or credit card.  The following cards are accept:

  • MasterCard (Credit)
  • MasterCard (Debit)
  • Visa (Credit)
  • Visa (Debit)
  • Delta (Debit)
  • Maestro (Debit)

If you would prefer to complete a Postal Application form please request one from the Office.

Membership is not valid until the application has been processed.  Processing only takes place during office opening hours; if you apply after closing hours or over a weekend your application will wait until the office reopens. If your application is URGENT please ensure that you complete the ‘departure date’ section of the form.  You may also add details to the ‘comments box’.  These applications will be dealt with as soon as possible after which you will be sent a confirmation email.   This will confirm your membership number and the address that the membership card(s) will be posted to (home address, unless you specify otherwise).  It will also confirm login details for members’ only information on the website.  If you have not received your confimation email please check your email JUNK/SPAM folder before calling the office.

For details about members’ insurance click here.

If you are interested in any aspect of mountaineering, we warmly invite you to join!

For more information about us please see the links below:


[Updated 26 September 2018]

Become A Member FOR 2018

2018 Membership is valid from midnight (UK time) on the day of processing up to 31 Jan 2019.

Click here to join/renew