The Swiss Alpine Club blows out 150 candles
The 150th birthday of the Swiss Alpine Club is celebrated by its 140,000 members.
The year 2013 is a special year for the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC), which is celebrating its 150 years of existence. Founded in 1863 by 35 men at the train station of Solothurn in the northwestern part of Switzerland, today the SAC is one of the biggest sports clubs in the country, with 140,000 members, 150 huts, and 300,000 hikers per year. Similar to its American counterpart, the American Alpine Club founded in 1902, the SAC brings together people interested in mountain sports and lobbies for sustainable development in the alpine environment.
The festivities in conjunction with this historic event include a performance involving the illumination of 26 huts, a film festival in tribute to the SAC in Les Diablerets in the Swiss Alps, and a youth camp in Ticino.
In the capital, the Alpine Museum in Bern will highlight the history of female inclusion in the Club. The Americans Lynn Hill, Beth Rodden, and Melissa Arnot attest to women´s involvement in mountain exploration. With this year´s election of Françoise Jaquet as the first female president, the SAC also acknowledges the importance of women in the history of hiking.
The SAC in numbers
• 300,000 hikers per year
• 140,000 members
• 9,200 accommodation possibilities
• 152 huts
• 111 sections
• 8,000 volunteers
• 200 training classes per year
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