IMPRESSIVE SPAN OF APPLICANTS FOR 2020-2021 UIAA MOUNTAIN PROTECTION AWARD

Over 25 applications from projects operational in 27 countries have been received for the 2020-2021 UIAA Mountain Protection Award. The Award application process officially closed on 1 June. The UIAA Mountain Protection Award Assessment Team will now review the submissions. The approved projects will be confirmed by 28 June on the launch of the 2020-21 UIAA Mountain Protection Award portal. Applications have been received from projects dedicated to a number of topics including the rebuilding of mountain...

UIAA attends Virtual IF Forum 2021

Represented by General Secretary Lode Beckers, Director of Operations Nils Glatthard and Sports Events Coordinator Rob Adie, the UIAA was one of 125 International Federations to attend the 2021 Virtual International Federation (IF) Forum. The International Federation (IF) Forum The IF Forum takes place annually and targets the specific needs of Olympic and International Sport Federations with a focus on sharing best practices and knowledge. The event is open to International Sports Federation members from ASOIF (Association of Summer...

UIAA COVID-19 COMMITTEE STATEMENT

The UIAA Covid-19 Committee held its latest online meeting on 18 May. The Committee divided its latest meeting into two parts – the first, as has been custom, discussed the current and diverse situation in countries and regions represented by members of the group. The second focused on specific issues currently developing: the recent outbreak of Covid-19 at Everest base camp; ethical questions regarding the distribution of oxygen cylinders; should foreign climbers be visiting the Himalaya...

UIAA Ice Climbing Disciplinary Panel Decision – Polina Aubakirova

On 5 March 2021, a doping control was conducted on Polina Aubakirova (KAZ), an ice climbing athlete. Analysis of the sample concluded that the athlete had tested positive for meldonium (S 4. Hormone and metabolic modulators). According to the decision of the UIAA Ice Climbing Disciplinary Panel, Polina Aubakirova has been found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation under the UIAA anti-doping regulation Rule 2.1 – the presence of a prohibited substance in an athlete...

UIAA contributes to study comparing elite ice and sport climbers

Members of the UIAA Anti-Doping and Medical Commissions contributed to a recent paper published studying the anthropometric, strength, endurance and flexibility characteristics of elite male ice climbers and sport climbers. The study is published in the German Journal of Sports Medicine. The purpose of this study was to compare elite male ice climbers and sport climbers for their anthropometry, muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. Although there is a certain overlap between these two activities, sport climbing,...

2020 UIAA ANNUAL REPORT NOW AVAILABLE

The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – has published its 2020 Annual Report. The report is available in digital format and can be downloaded from the following link - spreads version, pages version. Anybody interested in receiving a printed copy can do so by filling in the following form. Please note that there is a limited print run and first priority will be given to UIAA member associations and delegates. The digital report offers quick access to...

Adventure Travel and the Covid-19 Pandemic

In their capacity as medical professionals and volunteers, members of the UIAA Medical Commission have provided frontline support throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. On behalf of the UIAA, they have also provided valuable support to the dedicated UIAA Covid-19 Taskforce and have worked on literature to provide mountain users with the best possible advice. Last year MedCom members contributed to the first paper to tackle the subject of Covid-19 and the potential risks of outdoor sports. In...

SAVE THE DATE: UELI STECK FILM SUBJECT OF NEXT UIAA WEBINAR

Following the success of the UIAA’s first Mountain Network Series (MNS) webinar in March, details of the second event are now available. The webinar will centre around a documentary on the late Ueli Steck. The ‘Swiss Machine’ was one of the climbing world’s most emblematic figures. A two-time Piolet d’Or winner, Steck was revered for his speed records. On 30 April 2017, Steck, 40, died after falling during a solo climb on Nuptse (Khumbu, Nepal). Extracts from...

CALL FOR CASE STUDIES ON PLASTIC WASTE IN REMOTE AND MOUNTAINOUS AREAS

Following the launch of the first-ever global survey of the public on waste in mountain areas earlier this year, the UIAA now extends a call for case studies on plastic waste in remote and mountainous areas, under the initiative of the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS Secretariat). In cooperation with GRID-Arendal and funding from the Governments of France and Norway, the BRS Secretariat is implementing a project addressing the environmentally sound...

STRATEGIC MEETINGS SET CLEAR PATHWAY FOR UIAA

The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – Management Committee (MC) held its second online meeting of 2021 on 1 May. It was followed, as is now custom, by a meeting of the Executive Board, MC and UIAA Commission Presidents. MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE Following an opening address by UIAA President Peter Muir, Françoise Jaquet, UIAA Treasurer, detailed the UIAA’s financial result 2020 for General Assembly recommendation before presenting the first 2021 budget forecast. One of the more significant...