Alpine Club
The first Alpine Club, founded
Alpine Club (UK)
The Alpine Club was founded in London in 1857 and was probably the world's first mountaineering club. It is UK mountaineering's acknowledged 'senior club'.-History:...

 in London
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 in 1857, was once described as:
a club of English gentlemen devoted to mountaineering, first of all in the Alps, members of which have successfully addressed themselves to attempts of the kind on loftier mountains. (The Nuttall Encyclopaedia 1907)

Today, Alpine clubs stage climbing
Climbing is the activity of using one's hands and feet to ascend a steep object. It is done both for recreation and professionally, as part of activities such as maintenance of a structure, or military operations.Climbing activities include:* Bouldering: Ascending boulders or small...

 competitions, operate alpine huts and paths, and are active in protecting the Alpine environment
Natural environment
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. The oldest is the UK Alpine Club, originally founded as a gentlemen's club
Gentlemen's club
A gentlemen's club is a members-only private club of a type originally set up by and for British upper class men in the eighteenth century, and popularised by English upper-middle class men and women in the late nineteenth century. Today, some are more open about the gender and social status of...

 (see List of London's gentlemen's clubs). With around 815,000 members the German Alpine Club
German Alpine Club
The German Alpine Club or DAV is the largest climbing association in the world and the eighth largest sports union in Germany. It is organised into 354 legally independent branches with a total of around 815,000 members...

 is the largest Alpine club in the world.

List of Alpine clubs

Club Abbreviation Country Founded
Academic Alpine Club of Innsbruck  AAKI Austria 1893
Academic Alpine Club of Munich  AAVM Germany 1892
South Tyrol Alpine Club  AVS Italy 1946 (1869: as DAV branch)
Alpine Club AC Great Britain 1857/58
Alpine Club of Canada
Alpine Club of Canada
The Alpine Club of Canada is a mountain club with a National Office in Canmore, Alberta that has been a focal point for Canadian mountaineering since its founding in 1906. The club was co-founded by Arthur Oliver Wheeler, who served as its first president, and Elizabeth Parker, a journalist for...

ACC Canada 1906
Alpine Club of Haller  AGH Austria 1905
Alpine Club of Krummholz  AGK Austria 1879
Alpine Club of Peilsteiner AG? Austria 1894
Alpine Club of Preintaler  AGP Austria 1885
Alpine Club of Reißtaler AGR Austria 1881
Alpine Association of Berne  AVB Switzerland 1909
American Alpine Club
American Alpine Club
The American Alpine Club, or AAC, was founded in 1902 by Charles Ernest Fay, and is the leading national organization in the United States devoted to mountaineering, climbing, and the multitude of issues facing climbers...

AAC USA 1902
Appalachian Mountain Club
Appalachian Mountain Club
The Appalachian Mountain Club is one of the United States' oldest outdoor groups. Created in 1876 to explore and preserve the White Mountains in New Hampshire, it has expanded throughout the northeastern U.S., with 12 chapters stretching from Maine to Washington, D.C...

AMC USA 1876
Associazione Sentieri Alpini Calanca  ASAC Switzerland 1978
Belgian Alpine Club  BAC CAB Belgium 1883
Club Alpin Monégasque  CAM Monaco 1911
Club Alpin Français
Club alpin français
The Club alpin français, usually referred to as the CAF, is a federation of club promoting mountain sports. It offers multiple training and courses to help people understand mountains....

CAF France 1874
Club Alpino Italiano
Club Alpino Italiano
The Club Alpino Italiano is the senior Italian alpine club which stages climbing competitions, operates alpine huts, marks and maintains paths, and is active in protecting the Alpine environment...

CAI Italy 1863
Clubul Alpin Roman CAR Romania 1936
Den Norske Turistforening  DNT Norway 1886
German Alpine Club
German Alpine Club
The German Alpine Club or DAV is the largest climbing association in the world and the eighth largest sports union in Germany. It is organised into 354 legally independent branches with a total of around 815,000 members...

DAV Germany 1869
Federación Española de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada
Federación Española de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada
The Federación Española de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada , loctaed in the Floridablanca 84 in Barcelona, is the Spanish federation of mountain and climbing sports...

FEDME Spain 1922
Fédération des Clubs Alpins Académiques de Suisse
Association of Academic Alpine Clubs of Switzerland
  • Academic Alpine Club of Basle AACBS 1918
  • Academic Alpine Club of Berne AACB 1905
  • Academic Alpine Club of Zürich AACZ 1896
  • Club Alpin Académique Genève CAAG 1927
FCAAS Switzerland 1983
Fédération française de la montagne et de l’escalade  FFME France 1942
Federazione alpinistica ticinese  FAT Switzerland 1965
Groupe Alpin Luxembourgeois  GAL Luxembourg 1955
Groupe de Haute Montagne  GHM France 1919
Climbing Interest Group (Interessengemeinschaft Klettern) IG Klettern Germany 1989
Ladies’ Alpine Club  LAC Great Britain 1907 to 1975 Merged mit AC
Liechtenstein Alpine Club  LAV Liechtenstein 1946 (1909 DuÖAV
German and Austrian Alpine Club
The German and Austrian Alpine Club was a merger of the German, Austrian and Bohemian branches of the Alpine Club that existed from 1873 to 1938.- External links :*...

Austrian Friends of Nature (Naturfreunde Österreich) NFÖ, TVN Austria 1895
Nederlandse Klim- en Bergsport Vereniging  NKBV Netherlands 1902/1998
Österreichische Bergsteigervereinigung  ÖBV Austria 1907
Austrian Alpine Club (Österreichischer Alpenklub) ÖAK Austria 1878
Austrian Alpine Club (Österreichischer Alpenverein) OeAV Austria 1862
Austrian Tourist Club
Austrian Tourist Club
The Austrian Tourist Club or ÖTK is the second oldest and third largest Alpine club in Austria.The foundation of the club goes back to an initiative by Gustav Jäger, publisher of Der Tourist, the first tourist magazine in Austria...

 (Österreichischer Touristenklub)
ÖTK Austria 1869
Austrian Tourist Association (Österreichischer Touristenverein) ÖTV Austria 1908
Planinska Zveza Slovenije PZS Slovenia 1893
Swiss Alpine Club
Swiss Alpine Club
The Swiss Alpine Club is the largest mountaineering club in Switzerland. It was founded in 1863 in Olten and it is now composed of 111 sections with 110,000 members...

SAC CAS Switzerland 1863
Swiss Ladies' Alpine Club  SFAC Switzerland 1918 to 1979 Merged mit SAC
Slovensko Planinsko Društvo Celovec
Slovenian Alpine Club Klagenfurt
SPD Celovec Austria 1953, 1900 as a branch of the PZS
Società Alpinistica Ticinese  SAT Switzerland 1937
Società Escursionistica Verzaschese  SEV Switzerland 1983
Société des Touristes du Dauphiné  STD France 1875
Svenska Turistföreningen
Svenska Turistföreningen
Svenska Turistföreningen, STF , founded in 1885, aims at promoting outdoor life and knowledge among the Swedes about their country.The Association maintains a variety of trails, huts and hostels in different parts Sweden...

STF Sweden 1885
Unione Ticinese Operai Esccursionisti UTOE Switzerland 1919

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