REMEBERING PROFESSOR UGRINOVSKI

The UIAA is saddened to hear about the recent passing of Professor Jovica Ugrinovski. Professor Ugrinovski was the longstanding President of the Mountaineering Federation of North Macedonia (FPSM). His tenure ran from 2001 and concluded earlier this year, coinciding with the UIAA Spring Meetings in Skopje, expertly hosted by the FPSM. In his home country, Professor Ugrinovski was a renowned neurosurgeon. He had also practised in Montpellier, Manchester and Bratislava and was the author of more than...

BACKGROUND: UIAA AND THE UNFCCC SPORTS FOR CLIMATE ACTION FRAMEWORK

In September 2022, the UIAA signed a pledge as part of its engagement in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Sports for Climate Action (S4CA) Framework, of which it has been a signatory since 2019. The pledge, known as the Sports for Climate Action Commitment, invites signatories to the S4CA to adopt targets and requirements to limit and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with core activities, and track this progress over time. On...

UIAA TO UPDATE ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTIVES AND GUIDELINES

The year 2022 was declared the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development (IYM2022) by the UN General Assembly. This was twenty years on from the first UN declared International Year of the Mountains, in 2002. On that occasion the UIAA released its seminal paper, Environmental Objectives and Guidelines. Twenty years on, and as a contribution from the UIAA to the observance of the IYM2022, the UIAA GA endorsed kickstarting the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission (MPC) project...

A YEAR ON: GIROPARCHI NATURE TRAIL REFLECTS ON PROGRESS

Almost a year on from winning the 2020-21 UIAA Mountain Protection Award, the organisers of the Giroparchi Nature Trail project by Fondation Grand Paradis, have reflected on the progress their project has made since winning the award. This year marked a significant anniversary both for the project and the mountain environment in which it is active. Giroparchi celebrated its tenth anniversary while the Gran Paradiso National Park, located between the Aosta Valley and Piedmont in the Italian Alps,...

Understanding Mountain Sports Accidents

Since 2012, the Petzl Foundation, a longstanding partner of the UIAA, has funded research into mountain sport accidents. Its long-term aim is to improve prevention. Due to the lack of accurate information and the absence of communication, several social science research laboratories have joined forces to launch an international study related to mountain sport accidents. As reported at the recent UIAA General Assembly, the UIAA is also reinforcing its commitment to the study and collation of...

UIAA VOLUNTEER SERIES: GERGO SANTHA

Over 250 volunteers support the UIAA whether as part of its Executive Board, Management Committee or Commissions. Gergo Santha (MHSSZ, Hungary) has served the UIAA for the past year supporting aspects of the federation's work in training. He also currently acts as Head of Training within the Hungarian Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation. Gergo Santha’s relationship with the UIAA began in his home city of Budapest, when he was introduced to Training Panel members at a...

PRIORITIES AND PROJECTS FOR 2023

One of the significant segments of the recent UIAA General Assembly (see review here) was the platform provided to the UIAA Commissions, responsible for delivering the federation’s core projects and in alignment with its Strategic Plan. Below is a summary of the Commission presentations from the GA. Legal Affairs President: Klara Dvorakova, Czech Republic (CMLA) The Legal Affairs Commission was created this year. Its mandate is to support all UIAA bodies and specifically in assessing the legality of...

UIAA SAFECOM ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS: STATIC ROPE SAFETY

The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – regularly receives questions related to safety topics. The UIAA Safety Commission, with support of other UIAA Commissions and experts, has published a series of articles answering common questions with the objective of making them available to the wider climbing community. The latest question is: Being a reseller of EN 1891 ropes, predominately for canyoning in New Zealand, I have some major concerns of where rope manufacturing is heading. With an...

2023 FRENCH ALPS YOUTH ICE CLIMBING CAMP DATES CONFIRMED

The UIAA Youth Commission has confirmed details of its first event for 2023. The popular annual Ice Climbing Camp in Guillestre, Hautes Alpes (France) will be held from 19-25 February. The main goal of this ice climbing camp is to allow youngsters to practice many forms of ice climbing - single pitch, or routes with multiple pitches, and also how to manage training. The camp is open to international climbers aged between 16 and 26. The full programme...