Training camp for young ice climbers to be held in Kirov, Russia

The UIAA Ice Climbing Commission is holding a training camp for young competition ice climbers in Kirov, Russia. Two tentative dates for week long camps have been set: Week of 25 November 2014 Week of 9 December 2014 A focus on broadening youth participation in competition ice climbing has been a focus of the UIAA Ice Climbing Commission with next year’s Word Youth Ice Climbing Championships in Saas Fee, Switzerland being the third such annual event. "The support...

Book tribute for Stefano Tirinzoni to be held in Sondrio, Italy

The Italian Alpine Club (CAI) and Bombardieri Foundation are jointly holding a book launch on 3 October 2014 dedicated to climber and environmentalist Stefano Tirinzoni, a founding member of the UIAA Access and Conservation Commission. The event for the book Stefano Tirinzoni: une vita per la montagne e per l'ambiente is being held in Sondrio, Italy and is open to all of Tirinzoni’s friends said UIAA Management Committee member Lucia Foppoli. "The Bombardieri Foundation, of which he was President from 1998 to April...

UIAA officials discuss Olympic quest for ice climbing with International Olympic Committee

UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation president Frits Vrijlandt lead a delegation to meet International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials to discuss a range of issues including the inclusion of ice climbing as a sport in the 2022 Winter Olympics. Vrijlandt was accompanied to the 15 September meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland by board member Thomas Kähr and UIAA Office Manager Sophie Gerard. "We have been developed our competitive ice climbing program and expanded its global reach for...

Reciprocity agreement allows members to use each other’s huts

The Moiry Cabin is managed by the Swiss Alpine Club Member federations of the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation are entitled to use about 1,200 mountain huts offering accommodation for 66,000 people in the entire alpine region – from Slovenia to France, including the Pyrenees. Those eligible to benefit from reciprocity are offered the same overnight rates as members of the hut-owning associations; in some huts, these special conditions are up to 50 per cent...

UIAA to develop first para-iceclimbing event in Russia

Training for the first para-iceclimbing competition near Ufa, Russia (Photo: Gulnara Sakhibzadaeva for UIAA) The first official UIAA para-iceclimbing competition is being planned for one of the European rounds of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour in 2015. Dr. Evgeny Mashkovskiy of the Russian Mountaineering Federation who has led the push for this event said athletes from the United Kingdom, Russia and Netherlands have confirmed their participation and there is interest being expressed from athletes in other...

Concern expressed by French Alpine Club (FFCAM) over number of mountaineers who arrive at the Refuge du Goûter on Mont Blanc without reservations

The Refuge du Goûter on Mont Blanc which opened in 2013 is now being plauged by the problem of climbers who don't book reservations in advance (Photo: FFCAM for UIAA) Saint-Gervais (Haute-Savoie), 6 August, 2014: The French Federation of Alpine and Mountain Clubs (FFCAM) is concerned about a steady rise in the number of mountaineers en route to the summit of Mont Blanc who arrive at the Refuge du Goûter without prior reservations for the night. Refuge wardens say they...

Tamotsu Nakamura

2016 is proving to be another busy year for the UIAA Youth Commission and its series of Global Youth Summit (GYS) events ...

Croatian mountaineer Kresimir Milas killed on Khan Tengri

Kresimir Milas was a renowned climber and active member of the Croatian Mountaineering Association and UIAA (Photo: CMA for UIAA) The UIAA family was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Kresimir Milas while climbing Khan Tengri (7,010 m) in the Tian Shan mountain range on the border of China, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Milas was an active member of the Croatian Mountaineering Association where he was involved in ice climbing, guiding and other activities. He had...

Travel at high altitude booklet by Medex a must read for adventurers

If you are planning the trip of a lifetime in the the mountains which involves high altitude travel it’s best to be prepared and that means being ready medical emergencies. That’s where the Travel at High Altitude booklet put out by Medex is a useful and helpful primer. It is available in at 13 languages ranging from Serbian and Nepali to Chinese, Greek, German and English. The most recent and updated translation was released this month in Dutch. In simple and easy...

The North Face becomes partner of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang

From left to right Pyeongchang 2018 President and chief Jin sun Kim, IOC President Thomas Bach and Kim Sung Ki-hak (Photo: ©Pyeongchang 2018) The North Face will have a strong presence at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. A recently signed deal allows for The North Face, also the main sponsor of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup and ice climbing programme, to provide Team Korea with sports apparel for the 2018 Winter Olympics being held in Pyeongchang,...