World Youth Championships held in Switzerland

The third UIAA World Youth Ice Climbing Championships took place in Saas Fee, Switzerland 17-18 January 2015. The final results: Under 22 Lead (Women) 1. Nadezda Smirnova (RUS) 2. Alena Kochebaeva (RUS) 3. Ekaterina Koshcheeva (RUS) Under 22 Lead (Men) 1. Kevin Huser (SUI) 2. Pierrick Fine (FRA) 3. Marco Malinowski (SUI) Under 19 Lead (Women) 1. Ekaterina Novoselova (RUS) 2. Sina Goetz (SAC) 3. Vivien Labarile (SAC) Under 19 Lead (Men) 1. Yannick Glatthard (SUI) 2. Lukas Goetz (SUI) 3. Tristan Ladevant (FRA) Under 16 Lead (Women) 1. Valeriia Bogdan (RUS) 2. Iuliia Filateva (RUS) 3. Irina...

HanNaRai Song wins Women’s Lead title in spectacular style in Cheongsong, Korea on final day of competition

HanNaRai Song made the only top-out of the Lead final for both Men and Women with literally a second to spare, With that gutsy move, Song, 22, (Korea) served notice in the Cheongsong phase of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup Tour presented by the North Face, which end on 11 January 2015 that she’s the one to watch for the rest of the tour. Where others struggled, Song who is trained by Korean champion HeeYoung Park...

Kihak Sung: Ice climbing deserves to be part of the Olympic games

Every sport which wants to enter the Olympics, needs athletes, spectators, excitement, and where possible, a global reach. But what it also needs most is a person who believes in the sport’s potential and is willing to back it financially. Kihak Sung of Goldwin Korea, the official license partner of The North Face in Korea, is one such man. And he'll be there in Cheongsong, Korea for the second stage of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour in Korea...

Global Youth Summit winter events await veteran and novice youth climbers

Ice climbing camp to be held for youth near Erzurum, Turkey one of three GYS winter events (Photo: Nejat Akinci for UIAA) Indoor and outdoor ice climbing is all the rage these days especially among young people. Check out three UIAA Global Youth Summit winter events, which take place in the U.S.A., Turkey and France between December and February 2015, to get the juices flowing. They give new ice climbers are taste of what the excitement is all...

William Lowell Putnam (1924 – 2014) was an Honorary Member of the UIAA and one of its greatest friends and supporters

William Lowell Putnam was an Honorary Member of the UIAA William Lowell Putnam, a dear friend and Honorary Member of the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation died Saturday after a week-long coma following a fall. The news was sent to the UIAA from his son Lowell who wrote: "I regret to inform you that my father passed away (Saturday, 20 December 20140 after being in a coma for a week following a fall and very...

UIAA-style competition ice climbing here to stay in the U.S.A. says Conrad Anker

American climber Will Mayo with Conrad Anker at launch of World Cup in Bozeman (Photo: UIAA) North Face athlete Conrad Anker, one of America’s most famous climbers, is handling his newest challenge as Competition Director for the Bozeman phase of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour. Anker made headlines around the world when he discovered the body of George Mallory, the early Everest explorer of the 1920s whose disappearance on the world’s highest mountain fascinated the world for...

Marietta Uhden (1968 – 2014): Legendary German climber was UIAA World Cup champion in Bouldering

Marietta Uhden on Zillertal (Photo: http://www.marietta-uhden.com) Marietta Uhden the first female German athlete to win a UIAA World Cup in Bouldering was a champion climber and athlete whose love of climbing and passion for the sport was legendary. Born in 1968, the former professional climber passed away on 24 November 2014 after a long battle with cancer which friends said fought for years with the same strength, energy and tenacity she brought to her climbing. "Her climbs will certainly...

Bozeman cheers UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour as new champions crowned

Nikolai Kuzovlov surveys the Bozeman crowd on the way down (Photo: Max Lowe for UIAA) Bozeman is a mountain town that loves ice climbing and residents showed what that means when they came out in droves to witness the first UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour competition in North America. Close to a thousand people jammed the grounds of the Emerson Cultural Centre in downtown Bozeman 12-13 December to witness world class UIAA climbers like Maxim Tomilov, Park...

Speed Climber Kendra Stritch makes history by becoming first American UIAA World Cup winner

Kendra Stritch made history by becoming the first American to win a stage of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour (Photo: UIAA) Unseasonably warm weather meant there was no ice on the Speed wall at the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour stop in Bozeman. But that didn’t stop the crowds that gathered at the Emerson Cultural Centre in downtown Bozeman, from cheering on a thrilling evening Speed final won for the Men by Nikolai Kuzovlov of Russia and...

Happy International Mountain Day!

The United Nations marks 11 December as International Mountain Day every year which is an important and significant day for us at the UIAA - International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation - home of the UIAA Mountain Protection Award. Covering around 27 percent of the earth’s land surface, mountains play a critical role in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth. They not only provide sustenance and well-being to 720 million mountain people around the world, but indirectly benefit billions...