Bolt warning. Daskaleio Climbing Crag, Greece.

The following update is courtesy of the UIAA Safety Commission. At the Daskaleio Climbing Crag near Athens, many bolts (10 mm AISI-304 expansion bolts) present severe signs of corrosion. During some stress tests a few bolts failed when loaded with body weight. Thus, climbing is not advised on this specific...

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...

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...

Report from April 2016 UIAA Mountaineering Commission meeting

‘The UIAA Mountaineering Commission promotes best practice by identifying and addressing ethical, technical & training, and legal issues of international importance.’ The UIAA Mountaineering Commission met in Prague, Czech Republic, in April 2016, writes Commission representative Phil Wickens. The meeting, which was hosted by the Czech Mountaineering Federation (CMF), was...

UIAA setting standards at the Patrouille des Glaciers

 Image courtesy: Patrouille des Glaciers (PdG) One of the most famous events in the ski mountaineering calendar – the biennial Patrouille des Glaciers (PdG) – takes place next week, 19-23 April. The competition is organized by the Swiss Land Forces and supported by a number of partners including the Swiss...