Founder of Climbers Against Cancer smiles through his pain

John Ellison (in green t-shirt) surrounded by supporters (Photo: http://www.climbersagainstcancer.org) When British climber John Ellison received the news more than two years ago that he was ill with terminal cancer he realized he had a stark choice to make. A lesser person might have given up hope but...

Long list for 2014 Piolet d’Or released

The long list of  potential nominees for the 2014 Piolet d'Or has been released. A smaller group of nominees for the prestigious 2014 awards will be chosen from this super long list published on the Piolet d'Or website: CHINE Kyzyl Asker (5,842m) A free ascent of the southeast pillar by...

Nepal government reduces fees to climb Mount Everest

The Nepal government has announced reduced fees to climb Mount Everest to attract mountaineers to the world's highest peak, even as concerns grow about the environmental effects of climbers who already crowd the mountain during the high season. An Associated Press article noted quoted Madhusudan Burlakoti,...

BMC Patron and former UIAA President Ian McNaught-Davis dies

The UIAA is saddened to hear of the death of former UIAA president Ian McNaught-Davis through the British Mountaineering Council where he was Patron and former president. Funeral arrangements For those friends who can make it to the funeral, these are the details. Please contact Loreto McNaught-Davis to let...

Mountain Club of South Africa hosts Frits Vrijlandt

Frits Vrijlandt became the first president since UIAA president Ian McNaught-Davis to visit the South Africa when he attended the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange in October at the invitation of the South African government. The KwaZulu-Natal Section of the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA),...