Mountain Equipment has supported the young mountaineers of the Alpinkader Naturfreunde Österreich (NFÖ) from the program’s inception. The first team of the Alpinkader ran from 2012 to 2014, the second team from 2015 to 2017. We are pleased that after a break, the program has been re-launched.
From almost fifty applications, twelve motivated alpinists have made the leap into the new NFÖ. At the beginning of June 2020, the alpine team foundation year began for eight men and four women. Sport climbing, alpine climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing are on the program, plus a lot of further training, e.g. on risk-conscious behaviour in alpine terrain. After many routes and adventures together - and hopefully a lot of fun - the first year for the junior alpinists ends with the exams to become an instructor for alpine tours and alpine climbing.