UIAA Rock Climbers’ Award

Encouraging climbers. Engaged in rock climbing.

The UIAA is proud to reward athletes engaged in rock climbing. Ever since its foundation in 1932, the UIAA has promoted and developed mountain sports in parallel with its commitment to protecting the environment in which they are practised. High mountains, big walls, bouldering, ski mountaineering, ice climbing and rock climbing; these are all activities in the DNA of the UIAA.

Rock Climbing

The best male and female climbers

Since 2015, rock climbing enthusiasts around the world have been recognized by the UIAA in the form of the Rock Climbers’ Award. At designated events, the UIAA chooses the best male and female rock climbers. The winners in each event are selected by a group of experts based on criteria established by the Awards Assessment team.

A prize purse of CHF 1’000 is shared equally by the male and female winners for each event. The benefits are also significant for the organisers – with events supported by this Award attracting more participants and promotion.

The goal of the UIAA Rock Climbers’ Award is to recognize the commitment of climbers in the international rock climbing community.

Climber Requirements

The only requirement is to take part in a rock climbing event appointed by the UIAA as a host event of the UIAA Rock Climbers’ Award.

Event Selection

The host events of the UIAA Rock Climbers’ Awards are identified by a group of UIAA experts. Each year, one or two events are selected according to criteria:

  • Event is organized by a national member Federation of the UIAA
  • Event is in accordance with the UIAA Values
  • Involvement of the organizers in the development of Rock Climbing in their country

The host events are published on the UIAA website at least two months in advance.

UIAA Rock Climbers’ Award Events

 2016 Season

7-9 October Kalymnos Climbing Festival

 2015 Season

13-14 June Original Climbing Festival, South Africa

14-16 August Aggtelek Climbing Festival, Hungary

Award Assessment Team 

Anne Arran

A former British climbing champion, international competitor and junior climbing team coach. Anne has been on expedition to many countries and is familiar with local climbing scenes. She is still a keen climber and runs an accommodation/outdoor activities business mainly in the French Pyrenees.

Peter Farkas

Peter comes from Hungary and is vice President of the UIAA and a civil engineer. He began at the UIAA in 2002 as journal editor. He is an active rock climber and a former member of the Hungarian Youth National Team and was once President of the Hungarian Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation.

James ‘Marc’ Beverly

Marc is a member of the American Alpine Club and part of the UIAA Executive Board. He is an IFMGA Mountain Guide, DiMM, Physician Assistant, and is pursuing a PhD in Exercise Science. He is also a UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup competitor and sits on the International Commission of Alpine Rescue.