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Austrian Alpine Club - Academic Section

Is mountaineering one of your passions? Do you look for adventure on little walls or big peaks? Then the Österreichischer Alpenverein is the right place for you!

Founded in 1862, the Alpenverein (AV for short) is an Alpine association with a social, ecological and cultural mission and a rich tradition. It is divided into 196 sections, each section an association in its own right. The Academic Section Graz originated in a student association and celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2017.

For me, everything began with the AV bouldering session organised by the Academic Section. Meanwhile I have visited additional courses including sport climbing and Alpine tours, and I have even completed training to be a sports climbing exercise instructor. I have met a lot of great people who share my passion – climbing. Over time, thanks to numerous excursions, experiences and achievements together I have made some real friends I wouldn’t want to be without.


  • Name: Österreichischer Alpenverein - Akademische Sektion Graz  
  • Tasks: Organisation of courses and activities for climbing, via ferratas, hiking, skiing tours, Alpine tours and mountain-biking for members; additionally, regular meets, bouldering sessions, group activities, excursions and events
  • Address:
    Sackstraße 16
    8010 Graz  
  • Contact:
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  • Blog, Pictures and Reports
  • Target group: everyone who is interested in mountaineering

Services for Members

  • Internationally valid leisure and accident insurance
  • Discount for more than 1700 lodges
  • Weather service for mountain-climbers
  • Hits for Kids – numerous services for children
  • Discounts in selected shops
  • Training and further training
  • Community
Overview of all benefits for Alpenverein members

Award ceremony

The Academic Section Graz awards the annual Anti-Gams prize, for the most embarrassing don’t-try-this-at-home moment of the year (that didn’t end too badly)! The prize is presented every year at the start of the winter semester.


For further information about the Academic Section Graz please contact us or just drop by the next student team bouldering evening in the Bloc House at Puchstraße 17–21 (every Tuesday at 7pm).