Welcome to the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – Donate page

Using this resource – businesses, partners, members and individuals – can support the UIAA on a one-off or ongoing basis by donating to specific projects or causes.

Through its Commissions, the UIAA spearheads a number of key initiatives including:

  • Creating and developing safety resources for climbers and mountaineers
  • Protection of the mountain environment
  • Encouraging youth development
  • Mediating in access issues
  • Supporting mountain communities

You can support the UIAA as a whole or specific areas or projects.

Projects you can support are detailed below and will change on a regular basis.


Every quarter, the UIAA promotes a cause from one of its member federations. The latest appeal comes for the Alpine Association of Slovenia (PZS).

In less than four years, three important mountain huts were destroyed in the Slovenian mountains. All from fire and all to the ground.

Celje Matica, a member of PZS, is owner of two of the mountain huts. One was burnt down due to human error in 2017. The second incident occurred in 2019. A police investigation regarding the cause proved inconclusive.

The first hut was called Kocbekov dom na Korošici. This mountain hut is located a considerable distance from the nearest town. Celje Matica supplied the hut with mules and horses and on occasions a helicopter. The second hut was called Frischaufov dom na Okrešlju. This was the club’s most important hut and was supplied by a cable car.

The club had already commenced activities to build a new hut at Korošica. It successfully applied for all of the necessary documents and permissions and then the second hut burnt down. So the priority became to rebuild Okrešlju, because of its strategic location. Since then Covid-19 and the war in Ukraine have had a significant impact on sourcing materials and finances. Help has come from the PZS and Slovenian government. However around 400,000 euros are still required and activity has recently halted due to a lack of funds.

On behalf of the PZS, the UIAA is inviting the international climbing community to help support to rebuilding of the Okrešlju hut.

Donations can be made via the UIAA (below) or to directly to Celje Matica:
SI56 0400 1004 7078 066
Bank: Nova kreditna banka Maribor (NKBM)

Further Information:
Okrešlju hut: https://dom-na-okreslju.si/home
Celje Matica: https://www.planinsko-drustvo-celje.si/

The PZS has produced progress reports here:



The UIAA began creating safety standards in 1960 with the testing of ropes. It has since developed standards for over twenty types of safety equipment, including helmets, harnesses and crampons. UIAA Safety Standards are regularly revised and updated by the UIAA Safety Commission to ensure they meet ever-changing nature and demands of the market and climbing and mountaineering world. The Commission constantly reviews mountaineering and climbing accidents to determine if the standards are at a high enough level. Standards are not only revised, brand new standards are frequently introduced

Over recent years the subject of corrosion has been a significant concern for the research arm of the UIAA Safety Commission (SafeCom). Commission members and external experts have invested significant time and resources into collecting data from climbers and running analysis of samples of faulty anchors. Read more here. SafeCom would appreciate your support in its efforts to revise the Standards related to anchor corrosion. Donations will support SafeCom in running more analysis and conduct further research.

Further details on the UIAA Safety Standards can be found here.



The need for sound medical advice in the mountains has never been greater as more and more people around the world participate in climbing and mountaineering adventures both on the amateur and professional level. The role of the UIAA Medical Commission, through its recommendation papers, advice pages and the Mountain Medicine Diploma is to give the best possible advice through its network of mountain medicine experts, all medical doctors.

More recently, the UIAA Medical Commission focused on turning important recommendations into visual content to reach even more mountain goers and help prevent injury and illness on expeditions, climbs and hikes. A first video on Water Disinfection in the Mountains was successfully launched in March 2021. To support more videos of its written recommendations, the UIAA Medical Commission depends on further support. Any money donated towards ‘MedCom Videos’ will be placed into funding future video projects of the UIAA Medical Commission.

For further details please contact Carol Kahoun, carol.kahoun@theuiaa.org



The UIAA began supporting ClimbAID in early 2019. ClimbAID is a non-profit organisation founded in September 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland which focuses on humanitarian projects with an emphasis on climbing and other alpine sports activities. In particular, ClimbAID focuses on the holistic development of youth into autonomous, social, self- and environmentally aware actors. ClimbAID brings the joy of climbing to communities impacted by war and poverty.

The link below will direct you to ClimbAID’s own donate page.



CAC is a not-for-profit charity that raises awareness and funds for cancer research through the worldwide climbing community.

The charity was created by the late John Ellison, a British climber who after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, established a charity that has since raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from climbers and mountaineers. In May 2014, Ellison was honoured by the UIAA at a meeting of the UIAA Management Committee in Munich. Ellison was feted for his outstanding efforts to bring together the global family of climbers and mountaineers to raise funds for research to fight and beat cancer. The UIAA has supported CAC ever since.

The following link will direct you to CAC’s own Donate page.



At any one time the UIAA Donate page will provide the opportunity to support at least five projects and initiatives run by the UIAA, its members or its partners. On a seasonal basis, projects will be replaced to provide the opportunity for the UIAA to raise awareness about different causes. Should you wish to make a more general donation to the UIAA, you can select the option ‘General Support’. You can then provide details in the Comments box on how you wish your donation to be spent (for example to a project or Commission not currently promoted on the page). If you wish the donation to be managed by the UIAA it will be assigned to the most pressing and urgent causes at that given time. Donations can also be made on a regular, or one-off, basis.

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