Steve Long, chair of the UIAA's Training Standards Working Group of the Mountaineering Commission was in Nepal last September and again in early 2012 as part of a joint UIAA - Petzl Foundation program to train trek leaders.
Public access to a proposed conservation area in the Rio De Olivares for the 5 million inhabitants of Santiago and the controversial HydroAysen hydroelectric project were among the issues tackled by the Access Commission of the UIAA in a meeting held in Chile earlier this month.
UIAA Management Committee member Mark Richey of the American Alpine Club was the proud recipient of the prestigious Piolet d’Or (golden ice axe) award for the successful first ascent of Saser Kangri II previously the world’s second highest unclimbed mountain.
Sandstone climbing aficionados should take note that 31 March 2012 is the deadline for applying for a subsidized week long opportunity to climb in Adrspach, one of the most famous sandstone climbing areas in the Czech Republic.
The 2012 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup tour which spanned five countries ended on 10March with Italy’s Angelika Rainer and Russia’s Maxim Tomilov winning their first overall World Cup titles in the Lead discipline.
A UIAA led anthropometric study of the physical profile of competitive ice climbers is a valuable and necessary baseline for the sport as its popularity grows, says one of its authors Dr. Nenad Dickic, president of the UIAA Anti-Doping Commission.
Young mountaineers from Slovenia and India joined their counterparts from Toulouse, France, for an ice climbing training camp organized by the French Alpine Club (Fédération des clubs alpins de montagne) in the Guillestre region.