Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Official Club Alpino Italiano (CAI) Member

This document makes my initiation into the Italian mountain system official, I am a CAI member. This little booklet gets stamped and a sticker update every year and offers me discounts on mountain lodging, a subscription to a magazine, makes me part of a local association and, most importantly, guarantees me insurance in case of emergency, if ever I need to use a helicopter to be saved from a precarious position on a dangerous mountainside.

After hiking for about 6 years on high and sometimes dangerous peaks and plodding over glaciers, as well, not to mention the new introduction of rock climbing as a sport activity, I deserve this little "subscription" and testiment.


  1. Hello, I came across your post as I was searching for CAI membership...I was planning on doing Alta Via in a week, and was wondering if I could stop by in Cortina to get a membership...but then again, it is probably very American way of thinking that things get done on the spot..I lived in Treviso as a exchange student, and keep going back to Veneto for vacation.

  2. I might be reading your comment too late but to answer your questions, yes you should be able to get your membership on the spot at the CAI office in Cortina. The main problem I find with the CAI office in Padua are the very limited hours that it is open (only from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Mon-Fri). I have you are having good weather for the Alta Via. Those routes are wonderful.