Training – Austria Courses (Alpenverein-Akademie)

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Summer training 2018

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The AAC(UK) recognises that climbing, hill and country walking, mountain biking, mountaineering and snow sports are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks, being responsible for their own actions, involvement and safety.
The Club, its officers, Board and Alpine Team members and persons acting on behalf of the Club cannot be held liable for any loss or injury occurring to any participant while taking part in its activities.




These alpine courses are organised for English speaking participants by the Alpenverein-Akademie, which is based at the Alpenvereinshaus, Innsbruck. 

Don’t be put off by the advertised prices as AAC(UK) members with a minimum of 2 years’ continuous membership can obtain a reduction of up to €475 (but not more than 50%) by applying in advance to the AAC(UK) for an Alpine Training Grant.

Young adults, aged 18 to 24 at the time of the course and with a minimum of 2 years’ continuous membership, can obtain a reduction of up to €708 (but not more than 75%).  5 places are reserved for the Basic Alpine Skills Training.  A further 10 places are available on courses for Summer 2018 and Winter 2019 (details to be published later).  Grants cannot be given to members who are under 18 at the time of a course. 

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Summer training 2018

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July 15 – 21:  Basic Alpine Skills Training: Braunschweiger Hütte, Ötztaler Alps ##

Charley (Charlotte) proves that a small woman can easily pull a big bloke out of a hole in the ice – Ian Taylor

The training is designed for fit hill walkers and suitable for those who are interested in a solid foundation for mountaineering. You practice the basics to move safely in rock and ice and learn about rescue techniques for glacier travel. 10 places of which 5 are reserved for Young Adults.

Practising safely tying-off a belay on an Italian hitch – Ian Taylor


July 22 – 28: Improvers Alpine Skills Training: Jamtal Hütte, Silvretta ##

Improvers alpine skills, Austria – Justin Mash

Experienced mountaineers are invited to refresh and improve their skills. Special rope techniques such as the laying of and moving on fixed ropes, advanced rescue techniques and thorough tour planning will prepare you for round trips in the high alps and more difficult peaks.



August 12 – 18: Basic Klettersteige Training, Gasthof Rechenhof, Innsbruck ##

Group on Erlspitze – Uliana Kuzmisand

For members who have good hiking experience and are new to Klettersteige. You will receive instruction about equipment, technique and tactics on via ferratas, prearing you to attempt Klettersteige tours independently. Stay in comfort near the town, with venues easy to reach with AV-A’s minibus.

Group on Steingrubenkogel – Uliana Kuzmisand






Akademie assessment courses for AAC(UK) tour leaders

Übungsleiter Courses are organised by the Alpenverein-Akademie for those who want to organise and lead tours on a voluntary basis. The emphasis is on assessing and refining the skill sets that candidates already have but training is provided in a range of elements, with a particular focus on Leadership and Safety. This is particularly important for the Skihochtouren and Hochtouren awards both of which require competence in rope techniques. Candidates are expected to have plenty of relevant mountain experience which should include organising and undertaking tours.

Members willing to volunteer to lead a multi-day tour for AAC (UK), ideally in Austria, within two years of attending a course, must seek nomination from AAC (UK) as a Tourenfuhrer-Anwarter (Aspirant Tour Leader). If the member is judged to have the appropriate skill sets and experience, they will then be eligible for a place on an appropriate Ubungsleiter course.



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All summer courses for 2018 have already taken place (see details below).

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February 4 – 9 Improvers (Get Ready) Snowshoe Training, Almi’s, Obernberg


[Updated 11 July 2018]

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