The following text was published by Post of Liechtenstein
This year one of Liechtenstein’s liveliest associations, the “Liechtensteiner Alpenverein” (Liechtenstein Alpine Association, LAV), celebrates its hundredth birthday. In this organisation, founded in 1909 as the “Liechtenstein” branch of the German and Austrian Alpine Association, the bond between the people of Liechtenstein and their mountainous homeland can still be seen today: with over 2200 members it is the country’s largest association. According to its constitution the LAV exists to promote mountaineering and the alpine sports and to provide young people and families with real-life experience of nature. Further purposes include upkeep and management of the Association’s mountain lodges, organisation of plant protection and of the route network, collaborating with Mountain Rescue in accident prevention and researching and documenting the Alpine habitat.
The stamps being issued to mark the “Alpine Association 1909-2009: 100 Years” jubilee show summit crosses as photographed by the nature and landscape photographer Marco Nescher at different times of day and in different moods. The depicted summit crosses stand on the “Langspitz” (2006 m a.s.l.,face value CHF 1.30), on the “Jahn Turm and Wolan” (2026 and 2034 m a.s.l., face value CHF 2.40), the “Kuegrat” (2123 m a.s.l., face value 1.00) and the “Rappastein” (2222 m a.s.l., face value CHF 2.20).
By the summit crosses there are usually summit books in which hikers can record their name.