A message for International Mountain Day from Dr. Carolina Adler

Climbing in Bolivia (Photo: Dr. Carolina Adler for UIAA) Editor’s Note: Dr Carolina Adler is a Geographer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, and researching climate change adaptation in mountain regions. She is also a member of the UIAA's Mountain Protection Commission and part of the committee assisting with the development of their flagship project, the UIAA Mountain Protection Award. This article by Dr. Adler is an extended version of the one published online in OUTREACH magazine by...

UAAA celebrates 20th anniversary in Hiroshima, Japan

The Union of Asian Alpine Associations (UAAA) is 20-years-old and the special birthday was celebrated in grand style at the group’s annual General Assembly held in Hiroshima Japan. In a message celebrating the 20th anniversary of the body, In-Jeong Lee, president of the Korean Alpine Federation (KAF) and the UAAA said the group had come a long ways and played a crucial role in strengthening the diversity of the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation. "The UAAA has...

Mountaineering Commission: New online Training Standards system and Near-Miss Survey on agenda

Mountaineering Commission members in Turkey (Photo: Chiaki Aoyama for UIAA) An online registration system for the UIAA Training Standards certification program and a new Near-Miss Survey to be developed alongside a proposed Global Accidents database were among the issues tackled at the annual meeting of the UIAA Mountaineering Commission. Commission members who attended the meeting, which was held in Fethiye, Turkey also discussed several other projects including a proposed news scale for via ferratas and a working document with the working...

UIAA is committed to protecting the mountain environment: Frits Vrijlandt

Frits Vrijlandt from UIAA - Climbing & Mountaineering on Vimeo. UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt has sent a video message to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Congress which is meeting in Australia. In the message, which will be played at the IUCN congress in Sydney, Austraila, Vrijlandt describes the commitment of the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation to protecting the mountain environment that climbers and mountaineers around the world travel to and visit in the millions. "We are very...

2014 UIAA General Assembly News

News Release UIAA GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONCLUDES WITH STATEMENT ABOUT PERMANENT STRUCTURES ON MOUNT EVEREST Tamotsu (Tom) Nakamura made Honorary Member and Steve House receives UIAA Award 18 October 2014, FLAGSTAFF, Arizona:  Member federations of the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation voted today at their annual General Assembly against the construction of permanent structures to aid those who want to climb Mount Everest. Mount Everest  A growing number of people from around the world continue to attempt to climb...

Tajik horse tour operator in the Pamirs wins UIAA Mountain Protection Award

NEWS RELEASE 20 October 2014, BERN, Switzerland:  The 2014 UIAA Mountain Protection Award has been awarded to Pamir Horse Adventure, a Tajikstan-based community tour operator, for its conservation and tourism development initiatives in the Pamir Mountains. The award was given today at the Kiku. International Mountain Summit by Dr. Carolina Adler, a member of the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission with representatives of sponsors Western University and Golden Rock in Brixen, Italy. From left to right: Dr. Carolina Adler of the UIAA Mountain Protection...

American climber and mountaineer Steve House given UIAA Achievement Award

On summit of Cho Oyu (Photo: Steve House for UIAA) American climber and mountaineer Steve House who was awarded the UIAA Achievement Award at the 2014 General Assembly in Flagstaff, Arizona has climbed tough and punishing big walls on some very big mountains in far flung corners of the world. They include what he considers his toughest climb yet, Nanga Parbat (8,125m) where he made the difficult first ascent up the Central Pillar of the Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat...

2014 UIAA General Assembly: Rock Climbing in the Flagstaff area offers variety and reward

Climbing at the Forks near Flagstaff (Photo: http://flagstaffclimbing.com/) Editor's Note: We've added a Q & A about climbing in the Flagstaff area with Jason Henrie to this article. Thanks for the tips and be sure to check out their climbing wall or use their services if you are in the area. The 2014 UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation General Assembly takes place in Flagstaff, Arizona, the gateway to the Grand Canyon. To mark the occasion, we’ve posted some information about...

Member spotlight: Freedom lies in the mountains for Turkish climber Tunc Findik

Tunk Findik: "For all their perils, the 8000 meter mountains had enriched my life beyond my wildest dreams" (Photo: Tunc Findik for UIAA ) Turkish climber and mountaineer Tunc Findik has just four more peaks to climb before he completes his quest to summit the world’s 14 highest mountains above 8000 metres. He’s also a sports hero in his native Turkey and a role model for members of his climbing club, the Zirve Mountaineering Club (ZMC), an associate member...

Advice sheet on risks of drug use in the mountains developed by UIAA Medical Commission

Mt. Ader (Photo: Phil Wickens for UIAA) The UIAA Medical Commission has developed a new layperson’s advice sheet on drug use in the mountains. UIAA Medical Commission president David Hillebrandt said the advice sheet is the result of five years of discussion and consensus building between experts on the UIAA Medical Commission and the international mountain medicine community. The paper titled Drug use and Misuse in Mountaineering (Please click on this link to read the paper) is intended for mountaineers and...