Alpine huts across Canada now cheaper for UIAA member federations

An alpine hut run by the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) in Asulkan Valley, Rogers Pass, Glacier National Park The Alpine Club of Canada operates the largest network of backcountry huts in North America. Access to these family-friendly huts in alpine meadows, backcountry powder paradises and remote climbers’ refuges will now be cheaper for UIAA members. To date, UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation members were able to use the huts at ACC member rates if they paid the...

Everest and Nepal earthquake update from Nepal Mountaineering Association

The reconstruction of earthquake devastated Nepal will take a long time Ang Tshering Sherpa of the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) sent the UIAA an update over the weekend which provides a complete list of missing, wounded and dead foreigners in Nepal. Update on foreigners: This list tells you the names of the foreigners, their status and what hospital they are located in if they are wounded. Missing foreigners: This list updates the names of missing foreigners. Everest Base...

UIAA Award: The best climbing films of 2014-2015

The UIAA Award for the best climbing film of 2014-2015 will be announced on 9 April 2015 The countdown has begun for the Trento Film Festival. The big moment is on 9 May 2015 when UIAA Executive Board member Pier Giorgio Oliveti will announce the first winner of the UIAA Award for the best in film which captures the values of the UIAA and its commitment to the to the mountains, adventure and spirit of exploration. The winner...

Tragedy in Nepal: UIAA federations members raise funds

Nepal Mountaineering Association President Ang Tshering Sherpa receives donation fromYong-Jin Choe, Korean Ambassador and In-Jeong Lee President of Korean Alpine Federation (Photo: NMA for UIAA) UIAA member federations reacted with horror and sorrow as news broke that once again, tragedy has struck the climbing season on Mount Everest and the people of Nepal. Within moments of a weekend earthquake that has killed thousands of people across the country, with the death toll expected to rise even more, UIAA...

UIAA’s Clean Climbing programme and Olympic goals featured at SportAccord

Nenad Dikic, President of the Anti Doping Commission was a featured speaker at the SportAccord conference in Sochi, Russia (Photo: UIAA) The UIAA was present at the SportAccord Convention in Sochi, Russia earlier this month with the goal of promoting the federation and its ice climbing progamme with Olympic and other sports decision makers. Representing the UIAA at SportAccord were President Frits Vrijlandt, Anti Doping Commission President Nenad Dikic and Office Manager Sophie Gerard. During the conference the...

Mountaineering Commission meeting highlights

Tadao Kanzaki, president of the Japan Mountaineering Association (centre) speaks during a rescue and accident data sharing agreement involving the UIAA, Japan Mountaineering Association ("JMA”), Japan Workers’ Alpine Federation("JWAF”), and Japan Rescue Organization LLC("JRO”). (Photo: UIAA) The UIAA Mountaineering Commission met recently in Osaka, Japan for its annual meeting. Highlights of the meeting hosted by the Japan Mountaineering Federation included: An agreement was signed between the Japan Mountaineering Association (JMA), the UIAA Mountaineering Commission, Japan Workers’ Alpine Federation (JWAF), and Japan...

UIAA Ice Climbing World Championship to be a standalone event

2015 UIAA World Championship in Rabenstein, Italy from UIAA - Climbing & Mountaineering on Vimeo. The UIAA Ice Climbing Commission met recently in Seoul Korea for its annual meeting. A key decision made at the meeting hosted by the Korean Alpine Federation was approval of a motion to make the UIAA Ice Climbing World Championship a separate event from the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour. The UIAA Ice Climbing World Championship is currently held once every two years and part of the...

UIAA celebrates 20 year anniversary with the Olympic movement

Two decades ago when sport climbing was in its infancy, the International Olympic Committee recognized the UIAA as the first international body to represent climbing and mountaineering. It was a historic moment. As the UIAA - International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation celebrates its 20th anniversary as a proud member of the Olympic family, competition climbing has matured and the push to make ice climbing an Olympic sport in 2022 has become more focused. "It is a proud anniversary...

Chamonix to celebrate the “Golden Age of Mountaineering” this summer

The Chamonix Valley remembers the "Golden Age of Alpinism" this summer (Photo: http://1865.chamonix.fr/en/) It is an era remembered today as the "Golden Age of Alpinism” and 1865 marked its zenith. That was the year which ended a  a glorious decade of climbing with 65 first ascents of  peaks stretching from Mont Blanc to the Dolomites. But it was also a year when the first triumphant ascent of Matterhorn, the last of the great unclimbed 4000m Alpine peaks turned to...

FEDME hosts International Mountaineering Congress ‘CIMA2015′

UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt (second from left) at CIMA2015 with officials from FEDME and FAM (Photo: FEDME for UIAA) More than 300 people gathered in Zaragoza, Spain to attend a unique congress, CIMA 2015, which brought together key actors and institutions to discuss the challenges of mountaineering in the XXI century. The congress, which met 26-28 March 2015, was also the venue of the UIAA Management Committee meeting. It was organized by UIAA member, the Spanish Federation of Mountaineering and...