From Leaders to Champions

UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, supported by The North Face Korea
 World Cup & European Championships Rabenstein, Italy 29-31 January, 2016 From Leaders to Champions  Copyright (all pictures): Patrick Schwienbacher for the UIAA The 2016 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour ended in style in Rabenstein, Italy this weekend following an exciting season finale. The podium positions for the weekend were as follows: Men’s Speed 1. Radomir Proschenko (RUS) 2. Egor Trapeznikov (RUS) 3. Pavel Batushev (RUS) Women’s Speed 1.   Maria Tolokoni­na (RUS) 2.   Ekaterina Koshcheeva (RUS) 3.   Maryam Filippova (RUS) Men’s Lead 1.   Janez...

The UIAA at ISPO Munich and Beijing

Between 24-27 January, the UIAA attended ISPO MUNICH 2016, the only international multi-segment exhibition for the sports business, and from 24-27 February, heads to Asia, running its own booth at ISPO BEIJING. ISPO BEIJING is the leading sports business event in Asia. It unites the world’s most important sporting goods brands with local companies and the Asian market. The B2B multi-segment exhibition will be held in cooperation with Alpitec China at the China National Convention Center. More than 40,000...

Final Countdown

UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, supported by The North Face Korea World Cup & European Championships Rabenstein, Italy 29-31 January, 2016 The final round of the 2016 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour sponsored by The North Face Korea commences tomorrow, Friday 29 January. Following an intense month of competition, excitement is palpable ahead of this weekend’s decisive round which will crown both the overall series and European champions. Two athletes currently rule the competition in both speed and...

UIAA Safety Standards Update: Crash Pads

A new safety standard has been created by the UIAA Safety Commission dedicated to the safety requirements and test methods for crash pads for use in bouldering climbing. The document is available to view and download here. The Test Method UIAA 161, CRASH PADS Determination of the critical fall height, is a standard for the performance of bouldering pads, the mobile type that individual boulderers carry.  The test method defined by the standard measures the performance of crash pads based on...

Progress in Nepal. KTK-BELT Studio update

In October 2015, KTK-BELT Studio became the third recipient of the UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA). Created in 2013 as a response to forest loss, habitat decrease and a drop in biodiversity, KTK-BELT is a platform for farmers, teachers, designers and environmentalists working together to build community-based biodiversity conservation strategies in the eastern region of Nepal. Since winning the Award, the team at KTK-BELT, led by Rajeev Goyal and Priyanka Bista, have been able to invest the Award prize money in mapping existing...

Raising the Roof

UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, supported by The North Face Korea World Cup Saas Fee, Switzerland 22-23 January, 2016 All images: Eugenia Alekseeva for the UIAA Saas Fee is always a popular destination on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour. It’s easy to see why. A truly unique venue, an atmospheric amphitheatre carved into the resort car park, marks the Swiss location out as a special place for athletes and supporters alike.   During this weekend’s competition, thousands of spectators circled the spiraled car...

A veritable spectacle

UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, supported by The North Face Korea World Cup and Asian Championships Cheongsong, South Korea 16-17 January, 2016 (All Photos: Leah Kang for the UIAA) Pulsating. The second leg of the 2016 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour offered a stunning display of power, determination, speed and technique. The weekend’s action witnessed as many twists and turns as the tempestuous local weather. Cheongsong, South Korea played host to Round 2 of the competition which welcomed over 100 athletes...

Youth Olympic Games welcomes ice climbing

Following on from its popular appearance in the Olympic Park at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, ice climbing will feature as part of the sports initiation programme at the 2nd edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games to be held in Lillehammer, Norway, from 12-21 February. Ice Climbing is part of the Sjoggfest (meaning snow festival and named after the event mascot, Sjogg) located at the Tyrili Climbing Center. The program is designed to encourage visiting athletes and spectators...

Ice climbing wall open at Lillehammer 2016

IOC President Thomas Bach was among the guests to visit the ice climbing wall during the opening weekend of the 2016 Youth Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer. Main image: IOC President Thomas Bach visits the ice climbing demonstration at Lillehammer 2016 (Photo: UIAA) Ice climbing is one of the sports to feature at the 2nd edition of the competition as part of the LYOGOC (Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee)’s Sjoggfest (snow festival). The Sjoggfest programme is designed to...

John Ellison, a true inspiration

The UIAA is saddened to hear about the death of inspirational British climber John Ellison. John passed away on 27 December after a four-year battle with an incurable cancer. Following his diagnosis in 2012, John founded and spearheaded Climbers Against Cancer (CAC), raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for research in the continued fight against a disease that affects so many. The CAC logo has become an instantly recognisable emblem when encountering climbers wearing CAC t-shirts and...