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Old 06.10.2007, 22:26
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Anyone in the Swiss Alpine Club

Is anyone in the Swiss Alpine Club? I'm going to join and would like to chat to someone who's already joined. I'd like to speak to someone who joined from my position (ie new to switzerland, without much german)

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Old 07.10.2007, 11:48
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Re: Anyone in the Swiss Alpine Club

Hi Ali,

I cannot comment on the one in Zurich but the one in Lausanne is quite good. Even though it is in the French speaking part and they don't like to speak English - they all can and most will try and help you out. We also have quite a few English speakers with limited French - so they put us all together with an English speaking guide for an Alpine course I did recently. For technical explanations it is very important to have it explained clearly.
Best thing is to turn up to one of the Friday night meetings and introduce yourself. You will probably find quite a few English speakers there.
The courses they run are very good - especially for the upcoming winter seasons (into to ice climbing, ski touring etc). Its great way to meet some like minded people and then you can always go off and do your own thing after.
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Old 07.10.2007, 23:27
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Is anyone in the Swiss Alpine Club? I'm going to join and would like to chat to someone who's already joined. I'd like to speak to someone who joined from my position (ie new to switzerland, without much german)

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Hi there

I'm a member. . . how can i help ?

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Re: Anyone in the Swiss Alpine Club

Hi Kathy!

I see you are in the lausanne Alpine club and that you took a course recently... How was it?
I am interested in climbing however I have no experience, maybe you could tell me how can I get started.....

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Re: Anyone in the Swiss Alpine Club

Hi Regina,

You have a few options. Go along to the swiss alpine club on a Friday night to see what courses they are running. I know there will be an Alpine climbing course coming up - I did this last year and it was great. There is also an indoor climbing gym in St Legier - it seems quite good and you may be able to find someone who needs a climbing partner or meet a group of climbers there.
Another option is to come along to the Lausanne social nights and meet a few of the guys - I think a few of them went climbing last weekend, thats if Paul got over his hangover from last thursday Although you may get talked into cycling trips if Chris gets a hold of you

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Is anyone in the Swiss Alpine Club? I'm going to join and would like to chat to someone who's already joined. I'd like to speak to someone who joined from my position (ie new to switzerland, without much german)

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Hey Ali, I just recently joined the Swiss Alpine Club, and it sounds like I am in the same boat as you (new to Switzerland, living in the Zurich area, without much german (yet!)).

I haven't been to any meetings yet but hope to soon. I have a Swiss friend who is a member so I'm hoping to go with her sometime... If you're planning on going let me know and maybe we can all meet up.
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Re: Anyone in the Swiss Alpine Club

[quote=hillseeker;200156]Hey Ali, I just recently joined the Swiss Alpine Club...quote]


The SAC site lists numerous sections in the canton and at least 3 that appear to be in Zurich proper. Would any one know what the difference is between the ones located in the city, if any?

And, more importantly, are any particularly English (or Italian or Russian) friendly? Sadly, my German is completely non-existent.

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The SAC site lists numerous sections in the canton and at least 3 that appear to be in Zurich proper. Would any one know what the difference is between the ones located in the city, if any?

And, more importantly, are any particularly English (or Italian or Russian) friendly? Sadly, my German is completely non-existent.

Marat
We joined the Uto section, honestly because that is the one that my Swiss friend recommended (and she is a member), and because members get a discount to the climbing gym (Schlieren).

And I'm thinking that this might be one more good motivator to learn German, plus a chance to practice!
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We joined the Uto section, honestly because that is the one that my Swiss friend recommended (and she is a member), and because members get a discount to the climbing gym (Schlieren).

And I'm thinking that this might be one more good motivator to learn German, plus a chance to practice!

Thanks, Hillseeker. Uto seems to have the most info on their site compared to the others. If only I could read any of it. Please post your experience if you go to the meetings.

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Re: Anyone in the Swiss Alpine Club

Now that it's nearly summer I have got my act into gear and contacted them - i also went for the Uto branch, someone recommended it a while ago. There's a link to google translation tool from Uto's website, but the brochure is German only.

From what i can tell you work out your level of Alpine climbing experience from the table on P10 and see which courses at the back of the brochure you can do.

I'm speaking to the membership secretary this evening , will let you know what she says about joining.

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Thanks, Hillseeker. Uto seems to have the most info on their site compared to the others. If only I could read any of it. Please post your experience if you go to the meetings.

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Re: Anyone in the Swiss Alpine Club

Hi everybody

I am a member of SAC Uto. And yes it is the one with the most extensive meets program. And of course the issue with the discount for Schlieren and Milandia...

Let me know if I can be of help. I have been doing a few climbing and skitouring trips within the last 14 months with them. They offer classes as well. One has to be carefull with the level of the individual meet as they tend to understate it. I went to a skitour suitable for beginners. I was not a beginner at that time anymore, but it was challenging enough. Just as a general disclaimer.

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Re: Anyone in the Swiss Alpine Club

I just moved to Zurich 2 weeks ago, my German is also horrible, and I would like to join the SAC - for courses, meeting people, discounts to the climbing gym, and easier access to SAC huts. After reading this thread, I think I will go to the Uto meetings.

If any of you see my post and feel like taking me under your wing, write me back! I'd like to go to my first meeting with some other English-speaker.
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I just moved to Zurich 2 weeks ago, my German is also horrible, and I would like to join the SAC - for courses, meeting people, discounts to the climbing gym, and easier access to SAC huts. After reading this thread, I think I will go to the Uto meetings.

If any of you see my post and feel like taking me under your wing, write me back! I'd like to go to my first meeting with some other English-speaker.
Welcome to Zurich! We still have yet to make it to one of the Uto meetings, but hope to sometime soon - at least hopefully this fall after summertime visitors have gone.

Even though I haven't been to any meetings yet, I've found that joining the SAC has been a nice way to "connect" with Swiss people when you mention it!
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Re: Anyone in the Swiss Alpine Club

Hi guys,

I am also looking for a ski club in Zürich - the goal is to learn skitouring. My German is also bad, and I have to say I'm a slow learner for sport but I try hard...

Anynews on the Uto club front? You guys met some people there? How is it with limited German and very limited Schwitzertüüütsch?

And... if "beginners" tours are not for beginners, are the Schnuppertours good for beginners? I mean normally fit beginners... I can't run a marathon.

Thks for any feedbacK!

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Re: Anyone in the Swiss Alpine Club

I've been a member of UTO for the last 3 years. Last winter i did about 20 days ski tour, probably about half with the club.

The main problem with UTO is that it is the biggest section of the alpine club in switzerland and often tours that you want to do are booked out. They usually take a maximum of around 10-14 people. Not speaking german shouldn't be that much of a problem, there will always be someone who can speak some french and or english. The UTO program comes out in november and it is a good idea to look through the program as soon as it comes out choose the tours you want to do and join up directly. This is all done via email.

Other options would be to join a smaller club there are plenty of other sections in the zürich area or you could join a section in the french speaking part. The UTO tours are often in all parts of switzerland anyway.

I'm thinking of joining in addition to UTO another section just to have a bit more variety and chance to get on a tour without planning 3 months in advance.

Another thing i would really recommend is if you want to learn about planning ski tours and leading them yourself with friends, is a week course with the national "ausbildung zentrum" of the SAC in bern. I did 2 courses last season. You learn alot more then than just following a tour leader on a tour that you have enrolled on
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Re: Anyone in the Swiss Alpine Club

Thks a lot Dr. D!

Any suggestion for smaller clubs? There are huges lists on the web, but how to pick one?

Joining a French speaking club is also a good option! (just... how do you know I'm French? Can't be the accent!)
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Hi guys,

I am also looking for a ski club in Zürich - the goal is to learn skitouring. My German is also bad, and I have to say I'm a slow learner for sport but I try hard...

Anynews on the Uto club front? You guys met some people there? How is it with limited German and very limited Schwitzertüüütsch?

And... if "beginners" tours are not for beginners, are the Schnuppertours good for beginners? I mean normally fit beginners... I can't run a marathon.

Thks for any feedbacK!

Céline - to be skitourer
Hi Celine

I've done a tour with www.bergpunkt.ch last year and liked it a lot. I took the basis course (4 days) as I was a beginner as well and I guess the main issue is not the knowledge but the condition to get up the hill (and you need to be a reasonably good skiier). The guide teached us everything from how to use the LSV on to how to rescue someone in an avalanche. I'm not sure though how it compares with the UTO program. I don't think that the language is a big issue as most of the time you will be "walking" uphill. For explanations there will surely (maybe even the guide) be someone who translates. You should ask before you book.
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Re: Anyone in the Swiss Alpine Club

Crawling uphill?

Ok, general message is I'd better start training, and the sooner the better!
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Re: Anyone in the Swiss Alpine Club

I saw in your profile that you were orginally from monaco.

Don't know about other clubs. I might try pfannenstiel or bachtel as well. I have found it problematic with uto to get accepted on a week tour if they don't know you, which i have heard isn't a problem with a smaller club. Uto has the advantage of getting a small discount in the climbing halls in schliern and milandia but this is not as good as it used to be and only if you by a 10 entry pass, used to be on single entry as well.

By the way the national section offers courses in french you can view the program on the web http://www.sac-cas.ch/fileadmin/pdf/...Tab_w_dt_1.pdf

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Re: Anyone in the Swiss Alpine Club

G'day!

Are there any english speaking mountain people in the Uri/Nidwalden/Obwadeln/Schwyz-sections? I am considering joining the SAC, but I am a bit worried that I'll remain as an outsider with my poorish german skills... Any experience on the sections in these kantons would be appreciated.

Also, I would be more than happy to meet other english speaking people, who are skiing, skitouring, mtb:ing or climbing these georgeous mountains around us. Anyone out there? I am looking for people to share these hobbies with; mountain sports aren't really the kind of ventures you can or should do alone. So, trustworthy and happy people, experienced or novice, raise your hand!
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