Sauerland Mountain Association

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Sauerland Mountain Association
purpose Hiking club
Chair: Andreas Hollstein
Establishment date: 1891
Number of members: 33,000 (as of 2019)
Seat : Arnsberg

The Sauerland Mountain Association , SGV for short , is an association for hiking , cycling and Nordic walking . It is entered in the register of associations at the Arnsberg District Court (VR 264). In addition to the Sauerland , the club area also includes the Ruhr area , the Münsterland , the Bergisches Land and the Siegerland . It has around 33,000 members in 2019.

Purpose of the association

Signposting of the hiking trails of the Sauerland Mountain Association

The SGV organizes events and is involved in nature conservation . The association looks after several thousand hiking trails , including numerous long-distance hiking trails . In his sphere of activity, in addition to the administrations of the nature parks , he is exclusively authorized by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia to mark hiking trails in the open landscape with signposts . The network of hiking trails is around 34,000 km long, of which around 4,300 km are designated as main SGV hiking trails . The association owns several dozen hectares of forest that were acquired in order to dedicate them as a nature reserve.

The magazine "Kreuz & Quer" is published quarterly for members with a circulation of 46,000 copies. The editor-in-chief of this publication is the Iserlohn journalist Thomas Reunert .


Ehmsendenkmal in Arnsberg

On May 25, 1890, the forestry councilor Ernst Ehmsen and the senior teacher Karl Féaux de Lacroix from Arnsberg wrote an appeal to found a “Sauerland Tourist Association” after they joined people from the de Lacroix college, namely the teachers Busch, Daldrup, Rosbücker and Stöcker, who had won the support of numerous Sauerland dignitaries , including lawyer Hesse, district court counselor Wilhelm Müller , pharmacist Schwarz and later also the mayor of Arnsberg, Max Löcke .

In addition to Ehmsen and de Lacroix, members of the official founding committee of the “Sauerland Tourist Association” were Arnsberg District President Wilhelm Winzer , First Public Prosecutor Spengler (Arnsberg), entrepreneur and secret councilor Wilhelm Bergenthal (Warstein), District Administrator Hans Carl Federath (Brilon) and factory owner Otto Schütte (Schmallenberg-Oberkirchen).

Shortly thereafter, Ehmsen and de Lacroix formed an "Arnsberg Section of the Sauerland Tourist Association". In the months that followed, Ehmsen founded a further 44 departments on his forestry business trips, 27 of which by the beginning of 1891 had already been officially accepted into the association; one criterion for this was an orderly cash system. Ehmsen won it in the places again Honoratiorenschaft as pastors, teachers and village head and above all restaurant owners. In 1891 the name of the club was changed to the Sauerland Mountain Club.

The first general assembly met on July 19, 1891, with 54 official departments. From their ranks came other well-known functionaries such as the District Court Councilor Wiethaut (Hagen), Karl Kneebusch (Dortmund), Rector R. Rebling (Altena), who, alongside de Lacroix, Schütte and Müller, formed the first board of directors under Chairman Ehmsen. Departments also emerged far outside the Sauerland, for example in Berlin and Warsaw .

The association sponsored the construction of numerous observation towers on the Sauerland heights. As early as 1894, 24 of the 25 observation towers in the Sauerland were owned by the SGV, only the Astenturm was not one of them. This tower was also viewed critically among parts of the association, as extensive financial resources of the association flowed into these projects that were no longer available otherwise. Many towers, especially those made of wood, did not withstand the weather conditions for long.

The association developed an initial network of hiking trails and marked popular hiking trails by means of signposts in the landscape. In 1905, the then chairman of the path commission of the main association and at the same time the first chairman of the Hagen local department, the engineer Robert Kolb , created a uniform system of signs and a network of main paths that were uniformly provided with the St. Andrew's cross. These signposts were painted in white on trees and other suitable places.

Since 1903 the SGV has published articles on the subject of nature conservation . These thoughts led to the acquisition of forest areas as early as 1911 in order to put them under protection. Over the decades, numerous other areas were acquired by the association for this purpose. Wilhelm Münker, a co-founder of the German Forest Protection Association, came from the ranks of the SGV .

The German Youth Hostel Association was founded in 1919 under the leadership of SGV officials Richard Schirrmann , Wilhelm Münker and Julius Schult to support SGV youth work .

Individual local departments in the Ruhr area and the Bergisches Land were founded around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and operated outside the original association area. When local departments existed across the board in these areas, these were grouped into gaue and districts. After the Second World War, the Gau level was dissolved. Up until the 1930s in particular, the club's territory expanded to include neighboring regions of the Sauerland , also benefiting from the political decisions made during the National Socialist era .

In the time of National Socialism, the association was promoted by the rulers because, on the one hand, the closeness to nature and traditionality of the bourgeois association had to be brought into line with the ideological ideas of National Socialism and, on the other hand, the association in contrast to the socialist migratory movement, such as that from the labor movement emerged friends of nature , pursued rather apolitical goals. This led to the expropriations of properties belonging to other hiking clubs, which were then added to the SGV.

In the 1930s, the main chairman, Karl Eugen Dellenbusch, was an active party member of the NSDAP as Vice-President of the Arnsberg District and Vice- President of the Rhine Province and, during the Second World War, as an SS brigade leader in Josef Terboven's management staff, played a key role in the occupation of Norway . After the Second World War he was re-elected as main chairman.

With the creation of the motorist circular hiking trails in the 1960s in cooperation with the ADAC , a dense network of hiking trails was created in the club area, with hardly any gaps. The voluntary maintenance of this network turned out to be difficult at the end of the 20th century and beyond due to a persistent decline in membership. The reason for this is an increasing aging of the membership structure. In individual local departments there are no longer any active members who can or want to do voluntary work on the roads, so that parts of the road network threaten to disintegrate.

The association tries to accommodate this development, among other things, through new campaigns such as the youth portal S'Ourland and reforms such as the structural reform, in which districts are to be merged into regions, and the road quality reform 2: 1. With the 2: 1 route network reform, many routes will be removed from the network and others will be upgraded.

Chief Chairs / Presidents

A chronological overview of all presidents of the SGV since it was founded:

Term of office Surname
1891-1893 Ernst Ehmsen
1893-1903 Go Counselor Müller
1903-1919 Max Löcke
1919-1923 Waldemar Perker
1923-1933 Paul Schneider
1933-1945 Karl Eugen Dellenbusch
Term of office president
1945-1946 Hugo Kracht (acting)
1946-1947 Josef Heidbüchel
1947-1953 Karl Guttmann
1953-1958 Karl Eugen Dellenbusch
1958-1971 Karl Jellinghaus
- -
Term of office president
1979-1991 Günter Cronau
1991-2006 Eberhard Schüle
2006-2013 Aloys Steppuhn
2013-2018 Andreas Hollstein
Since 2018 Thomas Gemke


The club's territory was divided into 21 districts, which in turn were made up of 259 individual local departments. These sub-groupings of the whole association are in turn partly legally independent associations registered in the register of associations, but partly also not legally independent departments of the main association. The districts and local departments provide the delegates for the general assembly of the entire association.

A restructuring has been taking place since 2005, in the course of which the districts were merged into nine regions. At the end of this process, the district level is to be completely replaced by the regional level, thus streamlining the structures.

The division of the regions (new) into districts (old) is currently as follows:

  • Middle Sauerland region
    • Mittelruhr district
  • Hochsauerland region
    • Oberruhr district
    • Astenberg district
    • District of Hunau-Wilzenberg
  • Märkisches Sauerland region
    • District Mark
    • Volme district
    • Unterlenne district
  • South Sauerland region
    • South Sauerland district
  • Hellweg-Lippe-Möhne region
    • Hellweg-Lippe district
    • Möhne district
  • Region Ruhrgebiet West / Münsterland
    • Emscher-Lippe district
    • Unterruhr district
    • Münster district
  • Ruhr area east
    • District of Hagen
    • Ennepe district
    • Dortmund-Ardey district
    • Bochum district
  • Bergisches Land / Rhineland region
    • Bergisches Land district
    • Niederberg district
  • Siegerland / Wittgenstein region
    • Siegerland district
    • Wittgenstein district

The presidium of the entire association consists of a president, three vice-presidents, a treasurer and the nine regional representatives. The board includes speakers for the specialist sections Hiking + Leisure, Paths, Culture, Media, German Young Wanderers, Family, Nature Conservation & Landscape Management , Homes & Huts.

The advisory board consists of dignitaries and representatives of friendly associations. The entire association operates a main office with a full-time managing director who is responsible for the association administration, the youth education center and the association's own hiking academy.

The association is a partner in a Marketing GmbH , which is responsible for marketing, communication , event management and sponsoring .


The following departments received the Eichendorff badge :

  • 1990 Altena department
  • 1990 Attendorn department
  • 1990 Bad Berleburg department
  • 1990 Bochum department
  • 1990 Herscheid department
  • 1990 Hohenlimburg department
  • 1990 Iserlohn department
  • 1990 Lippstadt department
  • 1990 Menden department
  • 1990 Meschede department
  • 1990 Neheim department
  • 1990 Oberkirchen department
  • 1990 Plettenberg department
  • 1990 Soest department
  • 1990 Warstein department
  • 1990 Werdohl department
  • 1990 Witten department
  • 1991 Allendorf department
  • 1991 Arnsberg department
  • 1991 Assinghausen department
  • 1991 Balve department
  • 1991 Brilon department
  • 1991 Dahl department
  • 1991 Dortmund-Hörde department
  • 1991 Fleckenberg department
  • 1991 Hagen department
  • 1991 Halver department
  • 1991 Hamm department
  • 1991 Hemer department
  • 1991 Hörde department
  • 1991 Hüsten department
  • 1991 Iserlohn department
  • 1991 Lüdenscheid department
  • 1991 Münster department
  • 1991 Olsberg department
  • 1991 Siedlinghausen department
  • 1991 Sundern department
  • 1991 Unna department
  • 1992 Dahle department
  • 1992 Freienohl department
  • 1992 Siegen department
  • 1992 Westhofen department
  • 1993 Heinsberg department
  • 1993 Kierspe department
  • 1993 Krombach department
  • 1993 Nuttlar department
  • 1995 Green Department
  • 1995 Welschen-Ennest department
  • 1996 Klafeld-Geisweid department
  • 1997 Belecke department
  • 1997 Hattingen department
  • 1997 Hirschberg department
  • 1997 Netphen department
  • 2001 Unterlenne district
  • 2002 Meggen department
  • 2005 Evigsen department
  • 2006 Bruchhausen department
  • 2006 Oeventrop department
  • 2007 Dahlerbrück department
  • 2007 Hallenberg department
  • 2008 Müsen department
  • 2010 Weidenau department
  • 2011 Düsseldorf department
  • 2011 Ferndorf-Kreuztal department
  • 2012 Letmathe department
  • 2013 Duisburg department
  • 2015 Interest rate department
  • 2016 Oberhundem department

See also

Memorial stone in the Great Zoo


  • Walter Hostert : History of the Sauerland Mountain Club. Idea and action. Yesterday - today - tomorrow . Ed .: Sauerland Mountain Association eV Arnsberg 1966.
  • Susanne Falk: The Sauerland Mountain Association. Maybe we are the moderns of the day after tomorrow . Bouvier Verlag, Bonn 1990, ISBN 3-416-80653-0 .
  • Walter Hostert: History of the Sauerland Mountain Club. Part 1: 1890-1965 . Ed .: Sauerländischen Gebirgsverein eV Arnsberg 2005.
  • Günter Cronau : History of the Sauerland Mountain Club. Part 2: 1965-2005 . Ed .: Sauerländischen Gebirgsverein eV Arnsberg 2005.

Web links

Commons : Sauerländischer Gebirgsverein  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b About Us
  2. S'Ourland - About Us. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on October 4, 2013 ; Retrieved August 29, 2013 .
  3. Joint paper on road network reform (2: 1) signed . ( Memento of October 4, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) SGV website, accessed on April 7, 2016.
  4. ^ Regions and districts of the Sauerland Mountain Club
  5. Founded in May 2010
  6. a b Disbanded when the region was founded in May 2010
  7. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk Eichendorff badges since 1983 (PDF) ( Memento from March 1, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  10. SGV on the trail of Eichendorff ( Memento from October 2, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  13. Wanderzeit (December 2013; PDF) ( Memento from October 2, 2016 in the Internet Archive ).