Youth can now sign up for international events

22 Mar, 2011

The first 2011 events under the banner, the UIAA Global Youth Summit, are now accepting applications from interested participants.

In early July, the French Alpine Club is hosting an international climbing camp in Ariege in southern France. The main goal of is to allow youth to practice many forms of climbing; cliffs with one pitch, or routes with many pitches, on different types of rock, granite or limestone. Canyoning, caving and speology are also available.

Around the same time, the South African mountaineering federation is putting the accent on improving cultural understanding at its camp in the country’s “Dragon Mountains”.

It is Italy’s turn in the last week of July. The Italian federation is organising a trek around the 3,841-metre-high Monviso peak, which will include visits to the oldest mountain in the region and the oldest tunnel ever built in the Alps. The tour will also commemorate the first ascent of Monviso, which took place exactly 150 years ago.

The Global Youth Summit is designed to promote peace and cooperation between countries and protection of the environment.

The UIAA Youth Commission encourages UIAA Member Federations to organise youth events such as climbing camps or mountain ascents, treks or environmental events. Certain themes and aims such as crag development, local ethics and traditions, or improving individual performance are welcome additions.

The events should be open to youth from other countries, giving young people the opportunity to form friendships across borders.