Written on the flags of the German Alpine Club (DAV) Expedition Teams are the words "On to new peaks". The aim of the two and a half year long Expedition Team program is simple: to encourage a new generation of alpinists to explore unclimbed routes.
The first training expedition was announced in the early 1980s. The aim was to promote expedition and performance mountaineering, and to encourage DAV sections to undertake mountain trips abroad independently; in order to introduce young, ambitious mountaineers to the mountains of the world. The concept of the expedition team was launched in 1999, and the first team started a year later under the direction of trainer Jan Mersch.
For us, our partnership with the Men's and Women's DAV Expedition Teams represents a commitment to the next generation of alpinists. It is no surprise that many members of our own team, Susi Süßmeier, Raphaela Haug, and Martin Feistl, are themselves former members of DAV Expedition Teams.