A Microwave on a Mountain

Samoëns is a popular resort during both the summer and winter months – skiing, hiking, mountain biking and paragliding are among its most popular activities. 83 volunteers took part in the event, hosted under a beating Alpine sun. The clean-up activity lasted from 10:30 until 12:30...

Ice Climbing. A burning Olympic ambition

An Olympic Ambition "We have organised the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour for 15 years and in that time have witnessed the incredible growth in popularity of the sport throughout the world," explains UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt. "Ice climbing is a dynamic sport, combining determination, technique, speed, precision and...

Provisional 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing calendar announced

The UIAA is delighted to announce the provisional calendar for the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing season. The upcoming campaign, partnered by The North Face Korea, promises exciting changes and developments. The UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, which has run since 2002, is set to comprise four events...

A brief guide to altitude sickness

Planning an expedition or travelling to high altitude in the coming weeks or months? The UIAA Medical Commission's guide to altitude sickness provides some key advice. What is altitude sickness? Altitude sickness is an "umbrella term” and includes 3 components: Acute mountain sickness (AMS) which is essentially...

Climbing and Conservation in Spain. An open debate.

A recent video production from Spain provides an interesting insight into the mountain access debate and the sometimes complex relationship between climbing and conservation. The video is titled ‘Prohibido escalar’ (No Climbing) and available to view below (in Spanish with English subtitles). The video opens with the explanation that Spain...

Joining forces in climbing and mountaineering

The UIAA is delighted to announce its collaboration with camptocamp.org Camptocamp.org is a multi-language site dedicated to mountaineering, rock and ice climbing, ski-touring, snowshoeing and hiking. The platform offers various services for climbers and mountaineers, including an interactive guidebook of routes and itineraries across the globe for a range of...