The UIAA integrates Respect the Mountains

The UIAA is delighted to announce the extension of its activities in mountain preservation through the recent addition of the Respect the Mountains campaign. Over the past decade, Respect the Mountains has acted as a guardian of the mountain world raising awareness through the practice of seven cardinal rules: book smart; travel wise; support sustainable practices; be a respectful and responsible mountain tourist; ‘leave no trace’; reduce, reuse, recycle & upcycle (RRRU) and spread the word.   Respect the Mountains has worked tirelessly to promote sustainable mountain tourism both by...

UIAA Mountain Protection Commission attends key international conference on mountains in the UK

Dr Carolina Adler (left) and Ms Valerie Thöni (right) at the «Mountains of Our Future Earth» conference in Perth, UK Two representatives of the UIAA (International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation), Dr Carolina Adler (member of the Mountain Protection Commission) and Ms Valerie Thöni (UIAA Office collaborator), attended the "Mountains of our Future Earth" conference, which took place in Perth UK between 5-8 October 2015. Held every five years, the Perth conference brings together an extensive community of...

Mountain Freedom v Risk – ‘A Discussion Without Peak’

A round table meeting ‘Mountain Freedom vs. Risk – a discussion without peak’ was held in Brixen (Bressanone), Italy on Friday 16 October under the excellent organization of the IMS (International Mountain Summit) and Dr. Luigi Fiorenzo Festi. The round table discussion sought to answer the following questions: -       Mountains are often used as a synonym for freedom. But where lie the boundaries and where is the limit between freedom and risk? -       How far should freedom reach before the climber puts himself or...

DMM Product Safety Warning -Recall!

It has come to our attention that the locking mechanisms of some DMM locking carabiners are developing a dysfunction. In a small percentage of carabiners, the interaction between the internal coil spring (which gives the gate it’s closing action) and the spring pusher (the component that holds the spring against the carabiner body) may cause the spring pusher to displace, potentially preventing the gate from closing or the mechanism from locking completely. This has raised obvious safety...

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 be restored to the Alaskan Native name Denali. Denali’s  name means ‘the high one’ or ‘the great one’  and comes from the Koyukon Athabascans people of Alaska. The peak rest at...

UIAA Rock Climbers’ Award: the Aggtelek Climbing Festival

Following a sucessful event in South Africa, the 2nd UIAA Rock Climbers’ Award will take place 14 – 16 August during the Aggtelek Climbing Festival, Hungary. As for the first edition, a prize of CHF 1’000 will be shared between the best male and female athlete of the event. In attendance will be Peter Farkas, Vice-President of the UIAA, who is part of the Award Assessment Team. For more details, please follow the links: UIAA Rock Climber' Award   The UIAA Rock Climbers’ Award in few words: From its establishment in 1932,...

Mémento Montagne été English Release!

The popular Mémento Montagne été with the help of the Alpine Club of Canada has been translated into English. This handbook, with the support of the Petzl Foundation, was intended as a reference book for trip leaders and instructors of clubs and federations within the UIAA. It has been compiled by consultation with experts from many countries participating in the UIAA Training Standards, and has been "field-tested" on numerous courses world-wide. We are delighted to announce that the English-language version...

Camp announces recalls for crampons

AMP (Concezione Articoli Montagna Premana) has announced a recall for two sets of crampons: RECALL FOR REPLACEMENT Cassin Blade Runner Crampons If you have purchased a pair of Cassin Blade Runner (ref. 37801, 37803) or Blade Runner Alpine Crampons (ref. 37802, 37804), CAMP asks you to stop using them immediately and follow the procedures below to process your warranty claim. Batch numbers affected by this recall are: 1 12 | 1 13 | 2 13 | 3 13 |...

Warning Notice Tech Rock Anchors

Tech Rock has issued a warning for faulty anchors. If you detect corrison or tiny cracks in your FIXE anchors please report the problemto the UIAA at safetylabel@theuiaa.org.   ...

2015 UIAA Mountain Protection Award nominations

Harnessing the power of the sun in the Pamirs (Photo: http://www.leworld.org) They are initiatives and projects involving the preservation of biodiversity, waste, renewable energy in countries as diverse as Bhutan, Azerbaijan, Ireland, Peru, Tajikistan, Malaysia and Argentina. What connects them is they involve innovative efforts by associations and travel companies to practice sustainable and responsible adventure tourism, so that those who explore the mountains around the world leave a light footprint behind them. All nine projects are eligible for...