New name for Mount McKinley – Denali

New name for Mount McKinley - Denali (Photo: Wikipedia) New name for Mount McKinley – Denali Mount McKinley the tallest mountain in North America will no longer be the named after a former US President. Thanks to President Obama, who announced on Sunday that the mountain’s name would...

Mountaineering Commission meeting highlights

Tadao Kanzaki, president of the Japan Mountaineering Association (centre) speaks during a rescue and accident data sharing agreement involving the UIAA, Japan Mountaineering Association ("JMA”), Japan Workers’ Alpine Federation("JWAF”), and Japan Rescue Organization LLC("JRO”). (Photo: UIAA) The UIAA Mountaineering Commission met recently in Osaka, Japan for its...

Innovative Nepalese mountain training scheme in final stages of development

A group of ten experienced Nepalese trainers attended an advanced week-long assessors’ workshop in Langtang, Nepal conducted by Steve Long, chair of the UIAA Training Standards Panel. The Nepalese trainers are part of an innovative multi-year UIAA Training Standards program conducted in partnership with theNepal Mountaineering...

Mountaineering Commission: New online Training Standards system and Near-Miss Survey on agenda

Mountaineering Commission members in Turkey (Photo: Chiaki Aoyama for UIAA) An online registration system for the UIAA Training Standards certification program and a new Near-Miss Survey to be developed alongside a proposed Global Accidents database were among the issues tackled at the annual meeting of the UIAA Mountaineering Commission. Commission...