New UIAA recommendations provides guidance for alpine helicopter rescue personnel

Helicopter evacuation of injured from Everest Base Camp after Nepal earthquake triggered avlanche (Photo: CNN) Some of the most dangerous missions by crews of helicopter rescue services take place on snow, ice and rock faces on mountains under difficult and complex conditions. Responders face a multitude of stressors and risk factors like extreme noise levels, cold, high workload, environmental factors (rock or icefall, slippery or ice capped terrain), and so much more. "Additionally they must be able to...

Italy plans a party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of Matterhorn

Italy is joining France in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of Matterhorn with a series of festive events between 10 July and 19 July in Cervinia, Valtournenche and Valle d'Aosta. "It is a big and joyous celebration of an important anniversary for climbers and mountaineers," said Lucia Foppoli of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) and a supporting partner for the event. The celebrations in Italy and France mark the first ascent of the Matterhorn, first on 14 July...

Azerbaijan Minister of Youth and Sport meets UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt

Azad Rahimov, Minister of Youth and Sports of the Azerbaijan Republic with UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt The development of climbing and mountaineering and the role the UIAA could play was front and centre at a meeting between UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt and Azad Rahimov, Minister of Youth and Sports of the Azerbaijan Republic. "The UIAA is grateful to the Minister of Youth of Sport for his enthusiasm and goal to develop climbing and mountaineering in Azerbaijan,” said Vrijlandt. "We...

New standard for snow picket approved by UIAA Safety Commission

UIAA 155 is newest standard released by the Safety Commission The UIAA Safety Commission unanimously adopted the snow picket standard, UIAA-155 in June. This new standard, fills a gap in UIAA Safety Standards with requirements derived from snow anchor (dead-men) and piton standards. The requirements set forth in UIAA standards provide a baseline for the performance of climbing and mountaineering equipment. There are 21 UIAA Safety Standards developed by mountaineers and climbers for the mountaineering and climbing community that cover...

Update: UIAA Medical Commission annual meeting

Medical Commission members in Greece The UIAA Medical Commission had its annual meeting on the island of Kalymnos, which included the opportunity for attendees to climb its immaculate limestone crags. Commission President Dr. David Hillebrandt reported that two-day meeting included one-day discussion Medical Commission business and the two days offering lectures to the local climbing community and basic first aid training to the Kalymnos mountain rescue team. "It was good to see so many of our members report...

Inaugural UIAA Rock Climber’s Award: South Africa

The first UIAA Rock Climbers’ Award at a rock climbing festival was held in the scenic Umgeni Valley in KwaZulu - Natal, South Africa in June 2015. The event in KwaZulu – Natal which was organized by the Southern Climbing Centre with support from UIAA member federation, the Mountain Club of South Africa, attracted about 80 climbers. UIAA Management Committee member Anne Arran attended the event. It took place in the Umgeni nature reserve against a backdrop of zebra, warthog and trains of...

UIAA Rock Climbers’ Award to be inaugurated at South African climbing event

Main Image: Climbing in the Umgenin Valley in KwaZulu - Natal, South Africa (Photo: Roger Nattrass for UIAA) The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation is proud to announce a partnership with Southern Rock Climbing Centre in South Africa for a rock climbing festival that will feature the first UIAA Rock Climbers' Award. The event takes place 13 - 14 June 2015 in the Umgeni Valley in KwaZulu-Natal as part of the Origin Mountain Festival. Please click on this link for more details about...

Foundation for ecotourism being laid in the Pamirs says UIAA Mountain Protection Award winner

UIAA Mountain Protection Award Winner - Pamir Horse Adventure from UIAA - Climbing & Mountaineering on Vimeo. Aslisho Qurboniev, 29, hails from Khorog, Tajikistan, which is nestled in the Pamir Mountains. In 2010 Quboniev founded Pamir Horse Adventure, a community-based ecotourism company that promotes and encourages sustainable tourism in the Pamirs. The organization was the recipient of the UIAA Mountain Protection Award in 2014. Qurboniev recently spoke to the UIAA about how the idea for the organization came about, how...

UIAA announces Rock Climbers’ Award

Recognizing the rock climbing community (Photo: Copyright: Gaetan Raymond for UIAA) From its establishment in 1932, the UIAA has promoted and developed mountain sports while respecting the environment. High mountains, big walls, bouldering, ski mountaineering, ice climbing and rock climbing; these are all activities in the DNA of the UIAA International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation. Rock climbing enthusiasts around the world are now being recognized by the UIAA with a new Rock Climbers' Award. Every year the UIAA will choose the...

Yosemite film wins UIAA Award for best climbing

Valley Uprising, an American film that traces the recent history of climbing in the Yosemite Valley through interviews with living legends is the winner of the UIAA Award for Best Climbing Film at the Trento Film Festival. The winning film for the UIAA Award which included a cash prize of 1,500 Euros was announced today by UIAA Executive Board member Pier Giorgio Oliveti at the Trento Film Festival. The award was for the film which best captures the values...