Happy Birthday! The symbol which has to come stand for the UIAA is 50-years-old

The original UIAA Safety Label logo is 50-years-old. Fifty years ago, in an inspired moment, a universal seal of approval was born. The UIAA logo which is recognized today around the world as a symbol of excellence, quality and safety was the spontaneous creation of a boy named Oliver, the son of Jean Juge, then vice-president of the UIAA Ropes Commission. Under some pressure to come up with a logo that would be the "Seal of Approval” for...

Defining a historic year: A look back at the 2015 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour

An enthusiastic crowd watched the inaugural UIAA World Cup in Bozeman, Montana (Photo: Max Lowe for UIAA) What a season it was for the 2015 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour! It began in Bozeman, Montana with the heroic work of Joe Josephson, renowned mountaineer Conrad Anker and their crew of volunteers who made history with the successful hosting of the first UIAA-style World Cup competition in North America. And the Tour, presented by The North Face Korea, ended tens of...

Innovative Nepalese mountain training scheme in final stages of development

A group of ten experienced Nepalese trainers attended an advanced week-long assessors’ workshop in Langtang, Nepal conducted by Steve Long, chair of the UIAA Training Standards Panel. The Nepalese trainers are part of an innovative multi-year UIAA Training Standards program conducted in partnership with theNepal Mountaineering Association and Nepal National Mountain Guides Association to help design, test and implement a qualification for mountain trek leaders. When the Mountain Trek leader is finally accredited next year, it will...

Sanjaa Zaya receives top Mongolian sporting award

Sanjaa Zaya receives top sporting award from Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj UIAA Youth Commission member Sanjaa Zaya has been honoured with Mongolia’s greatest sporting honour, the Mongolian State Honoured Sportsman Prize. Zaya, 68, received the award from Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj in recognition of her role as one of Mongolia’s leading female climbers. An energetic member of the UIAA Youth Commission, Zaya represents the Mongolian National Mountaineering Federation, a member federation of the UIAA – International Climbing and...

Petra Klingler wins first Gold for Switzerland in the Lead final in Kirov, Russia

Petra Klingler of Switzerland wins her first Gold (Photo: Eugenia Alekseyeva for UIAA) She has been called the "Swiss machine" and now she has a new name, the "Swiss Queen." Petra Klingler made history today in Kirov, Russia when she won the first Swiss World Cup Gold medal in the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour. "I can't describe it, it's incredible," was all Klingler could say with tears in her voice just moments after the final climber, Korea's WoonSeon...

Koshcheeva and Vagin are World Speed Champions

Ekaterina Koshcheeva (Photo: David Schweizer for UIAA) Koshcheeva, 20, was a symbol of the youth wave currently taking over the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour while Vagin, 43, represented the veteran wing of 2015 Tour that concluded today (8 March 2015). Koshscheeva’s victory was a squeaker. Her combined time of 31.22 seconds just edged out Nadya Gallyamova, 27, who had a combined time of 32.14 seconds. In the Men’s competition Vagin first climb took an astounding 8.97 seconds. He...

Popularity of Diploma of Mountain Medicine growing

"The Diploma of Mountain Medicine has come a long way," says UIAA Medcom President Dr. David Hillebrandt Twenty years ago, the UIAA, International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR) and International Society of Mountain Medicine (ISMM) agreed on a common syllabus combining mountain and medical skills to form the basis of the Diploma of Mountain Medicine. It’s come a long ways since. An illustration of how it has grown is reflected in the fact that this month, ten years...

ARISF sponsors UIAA Global Youth Summit camp in Guillestre, France

Emma, 17, celebrates ie climbing in Guillestre, France (Photo: FFCAM) Sixteen young people from across Europe gathered in in Guillestre, France (8-14 February 2015) for the first ARISF sponsored International Youth Ice Climbing Camp organized by the French Alpine Club (FFCAM). The youth from France, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium learned how to use different kinds of ice climbing equipment including ice screws, ice axes, crampons, and techniques to climb safely and try their hand at "dry tooling.” Instructors from FFCAM included Camille...

Jordanian desert climbers hold UIAA Training Standards course

Jordan is the latest country to receive training from the UIAA Training Standards Panel. UIAA Training Standards Chair Steve Long reports that three courses were held for the mountain communities of Ajloun, Dana, Karak and Wadi Rum on the request of UIAA associate member Jordan Tourist Board. The Jordan Tourist Board selected candidates from the local communities for the first round of training course under the direction of Long and a team of trainers from France, UK, Catalonia...

Turkey hosts its first UIAA Global Youth Summit ice climbing training camp

UIAA ice climbing competition judge Carlos Teixeira teaching ice climbing in Turkey (Photo: Irasfil Ashurli for UIAA) The spectacular frozen waterfalls that dot the cliffs near Erzurum was the venue for the first International Youth Festival of Ice Climbing held in Turkey. More than 70 participants from more than a dozen countries attended the four-day festival 21-25 January, which was also the venue of a well-attended UIAA Global Youth Summit (GYS) ice climbing training clinic held by Carlos...