Buyer Beware: The perils of buying crampons online

It's buyer beware when purchasing crampons online  (Photo: BMC for UIAA) The British Mountaineering Council has posted a warning about dangerous crampons being sold online. As the warning states: Getting equipped to tackle the mountains in winter can seem an expensive business, with the cost of boots, axe and crampons totting up to a fair sum. It may be tempting to save money by snapping up a cheap bargain online. Be warned though, this may cost you a lot more than a pair...

WoonSeon Shin of Korea and Maxim Tomilov of Russia are Lead “World Champions”

  Under a perfect February blue sky and a stunning alpine backdrop, the world’s best competition ice climbers gathered in Rabenstein, Italy for the UIAA Ice Climbing World Championship in Lead presented by The North Face Korea. When the ice settled two days later WoonSeon Shin of South Korea and Maxim Tomilov of Russia had earned the right to call themselves World Champions, a title they can hold for two years. It was mixed climbing at its best. Ice and rock. And...

Russia’s newest Speed star is Vladamir Kartashev and Maria Krasavina serves notice that she’s back with her win

The sight of men and women charging up an ice tower with razor sharp tools, eyes ablaze and ice chips flying around them is enough to intimidate most people. But not Vladamir Kartashev, 20, who stood his ground to stake his claim as one of Russia’s newest Russian Speed stars. Kartashev kept his cool and beat an experienced field of veteran competition Speed climbers to win his first gold medal in a UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour...

UIAA Award for the Best Climbing Film to be honoured at the Trento Film Festival

The Trento Film Festival is the oldest film festival dedicated to the mountains, adventure and exploration The Trento Film Festival, the oldest film mountain film festival and the UIAA, the international global organization for climbing and mountaineering have partnered to honour the best in film dedicated to the mountains, adventure and exploration. The festival takes place 30 April – 10 May 2015 in Trento, Italy and this year’s evnt will include a new award, the UIAA Award For the best climbing...

Youth ice climbing a top priority of the UIAA

The UIAA ice climbing youth development programme is in full swing as as seen at the Saas Fee World Youth Championships (Photo: David Sweizer for UIAA) It’s been a busy winter season for the UIAA as it relates to youth and ice climbing. The activities ranged from the first ever UIAA Youth Mixed Climbing Competition held in Durango, Colorado, a training camp in Kirov, Russia, the third annual World Youth Ice Climbing Championships in Saas Fee, Switzerland and...

Spanish laboratory certified to UIAA Safety Standards

UIAA Safety Standards are recognized around the world (Photo: Dave Custer for UIAA) AITEX (Textile Industry Research Association), a renowned centre for research, innovation and advanced technical services in Spain, is the newest test laboratory accredited to certify climbing equipment to UIAA Safety Standards. The UIAA Safety Label is globally recognized and can be found on climbing equipment from many of the biggest gear and rope manufacturers. AITEX joins the list of European laboratories; other UIAA certified labs exist...

Robert Pettigrew awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire

Robert Pettigrew, former UIAA Access Commission president is now Member of the Order of the British Empire (Photo: BMC for UIAA) Former UIAA Access Commission president Robert Pettigrew has been awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire for outstanding service to the community and local "hands-on service” which stands out as an example to other people. Renowned mountaineer Doug Scott who is a member of the UIAA Traditional Values Working Group (TVWG), and has know...

A new generation of climbers emerges on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour

Yannick Glatthard of Switzerland is only 17-years-old but climbing like he's aged 30 (Photo: Photo by Philippe Mooser for UIAA) Veterans Maxim Tomilov (Russia) and Angelika Rainer (Italy) put on show of power and skill, while wowing the crowd, to win the Men and Women’s Lead competition in the Saas Fee stop of the 2015 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour. The day and the night, however, belonged to a group of young climbers like Yannick Glatthard of Switzerland,...

UIAA officials meet with Korean Olympic Committee to discuss demonstration of ice climbing in 2018 Olympics

UIAA and Korean Alpine Federation officials met with the Korean Olympic Committee to discuss ice climbing (Photo: KAF for UIAA) UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt, Executive Board Member Thomas Kähr and UIAA Ice Climbing Commission President Urs Stoecker met with Korean Olympic Committee president Jung-tae Kim to discuss the demonstration of ice climbing during the Winter Olympics in Korea in 2018. The meeting in Seoul took place after the conclusion of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour in...

Nikolai Kuzovlev shows why he’s a UIAA World Cup champion in Saas Fee, Switzerland

Russia is a country that produces Speed climbing champions by the dozens but Nikolai Kuzovlev is proving that he’s the best of them. First he beat fellow Russians Egor Trapeznikov, 2013’s overall UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour Speed champion in the Bozeman Speed final, then Maxim Vlasov in Cheongsong, Korea and today Leonid Malykh in Saas Fee, Switzerland. That’s what you call dominance. And he did it in style and with apparent ease. Malykh posted 8.77 seconds in his...