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Press release, March 2020

SAAC Camps

SAAC speeds into the summer at full throttle

Risk on the mountain can never be eliminated, must never be suppressed, but can be optimised with the right knowledge and equipment. The decisive means to raise this awareness: the two-day SAAC BIKE and CLIMB Camps. Registration for the free camps starts this time already on 15 March 2020.

SAAC BIKE and CLIMB Camps at a glance
At the free SAAC BIKE and CLIMB camps, know-how is imparted in a fun and comprehensible way – without any moralising. In theory and practice, the focus is on safety aspects, technique, equipment and material. Behaviour in emergency situations is also taught. The courses, which are led by state-certified mountain guides and bike instructors, last two days. The number of participants per camp is 32 (4 groups of max. 8 people each). Anyone over the age of 14 can take part.

NEW: Camp registration already starts on 15 March 2020
The much sought-after places will be allocated from the start of camp registration on 15 March. As with the SAAC Basic Camps in winter, participation is free of charge. Participants will be informed of any costs for a mountain railway ticket or the shuttle when they register. Click here to register: www.saac.at

Requirements for participation
For the BIKE Camps, some bike experience and fitness – 500 metres uphill should be doable in one day – is necessary. Furthermore, a full-suspension bike with good tyres (2.25 inch or wider), maintained disc brakes and a robust half-shell helmet. Elbow, knee and shin pads can be borrowed free of charge from SAAC if you register in advance via the registration tool.

The following requirements apply for the CLIMB Basic Camps: Sport climbing ability of at least IV. to V. Grade UIAA (safe holding of a fall and sufficient fitness) or, for the via ferrata camps, sufficient fitness and surefootedness. Equipment from partner Skylotec (except climbing shoes) can also be hired on request.

About SAAC – the original
The Alpine Hazard Information Association was founded in Innsbruck in 1998/99 after a tragic accident on the Nordkette. The aim of SAAC is to educate people about dangers, to raise their awareness of risk on the mountain and to give them the mental and physical tools with which risk can be optimised. In addition to the SAAC Winter Camps, SAAC CLIMB Camps have been offered since summer 2011 and SAAC BIKE Camps since summer 2013. In figures, this means that in the last 20 years, a total of more than 600 free SAAC camps have been held with more than 26,000 participants and more than 3,800 mountain guide days.

For 20 years, SAAC has been supported by mountain railways, tourism associations, sponsors and – from the very beginning – by the province of Tyrol, all of whom make a valuable contribution so that the camps can be offered free of charge. Continuity and quality, as well as the will for permanent development at all levels, form the basis of SAAC's sustainable success. Further information: www.saac.at

Dates overview

  • E-BIKE-CAMP Region Seefeld: 05.09.20 – 06.09.20
  • CLIMBING-CAMP Region Seefeld: 26.09.20 – 27.09.20

SAAC - Snow & alpine awareness camps , Verein zur Information über alpine Gefahren, Alexandra Sailer

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