Ice climbing complexes around the world help introduce sport to a wider audience

Indoor ice climbing in the heart of London at the Vertical Chill ice wall (Photo: Vertical Chill http://www.vertical-chill.com/vertical-chill-london.htm) If you've ever felt the urge to stick an axe or a pair of crampons on an ice wall, you don’t have to head to the nearest frozen waterfall. A growing number of venues around the world, some in the unlikeliest of places, have begun to popularize ice climbing, often to people trying it for the first time. Consider the Ice Factor in...

Nepal Himalaya issues being addressed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association

Delegates at the UAAA Meeting in Hong Kong (Photo: NMA for UIAA) Editor's Note: UIAA Honorary Member Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) has filed a report touching on a number of meetings and issues related to climbing and mountaineering in the Nepal Himalaya.   From Ang Tshering Sherpa: I, as a President Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and Vice President of UAAA headed the three-member Nepalese delegation to attend the  UAAA (Asian Mountaineering and Climbing Federation)...

New president of Iran climbing body stresses development of ice climbing and ties to UIAA

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ndLMn8jVM4&feature=youtu.be[/embed] Iranian climber climber Zohreh Abdollahkhani who recently posted a one minute message on YouTube describing her passion for ice climbing personifies the growth of the sport in Iran. It’s with that in mind that Youth Commission president Israfil Ashurli met with Iran Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation (IMSCF) president Reza Zarei on 18 June 2014 to discuss the development of ice climbing in Iran. Zarei, who was recently elected president of IMSCF described how interest in ice...

Paper addresses question of bolting on rocks

Paper evaluates the history and appeal of different forms of rock climbing, and considers earlier attitudes to fixed gear (Photo: Doug Scott for UIAA) Debate between bolting and trad-climbing addressed in paper The debate over whether to bolt or not to bolt on mountains has been renewed with a new working paper on a controversial issue that often pits sport climbers versus adventure (trad) climbers. "Through this draft paper the UIAA has prepared, sport climbing and adventure climbing can find...

American Alpine Club hosts Sustainable Summits Conference

The American Alpine Club (AAC), in collaboration with Denali National Park, will present "Sustainable Summits: The International Mountain Conference on Environmental Practices", a once-in-a-decade gathering of key leaders in mountain management, conservation, and the outdoor industry. The AAC is hosting the event at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado from July 20 to 23, offering plenary sessions, panel discussions, vendor booths, and evening lectures, with a working field trip to Rocky Mountain National Park on July 24. The...

Climbers Against Cancer donates US$16,000 to American cancer research organisation

John Ellison surrounded by CAC volunteers (Photo: CAC ) Vail, USA: Climbers Against Cancer founder John Ellison announced today that his group will will be contributing $16,000 USD (£10,000) to the Cancer Research Institute, an American cancer research organisation. The cheque will be handed over to a representative of the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) on Saturday, June 7. This marks the fifth such donation that CAC has made since its formation in 2013 with similar donations being made in France, Australia,...

Safety Commission to answer questions about standards and your climbing and mountaineering equipment

If you’ve ever had a question about UIAA safety standards as it relates to your climbing and mountaineering equipment, now is the time to ask. The Safety Commission has launched a question-and-answer process about the world-renowned UIAA Safety Standards which have been developed by mountaineers and climbers for the mountaineering and climbing community. This makes them the most acceptable standards world-wide and is the result of collaboration with the European Standards organization, CEN, for harmonization of standards....

UIAA Peak among 104 new peaks allowed for climbing in Nepal

The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation has had a peak named in its honour by the Nepal government. UIAA Peak (6063m) in the Solu Khumbu region of Nepal is one of 104 new peaks that have been opened for mountaineering. Some of the other peaks have been named after famous mountaineers such as Tenzing Norgay, the first man to climb Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary and the legendary French climber Maurice Herzog who made...

John Ellison: founder of Climbers Against Cancer (CAC) honoured by UIAA

John Ellison and UIAA president Frits Vrijlandt before Ellison received a UIAA award in recognition of his role in founding Climbers Against Cancer (Photo: UIAA) 24 May 2014, MUNICH, Germany: John Ellison’s refusal to be bowed down by the cancer, instead establishing a charity that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from climbers and mountaineers, has been honoured by the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation. The award which was handed to Ellison at a meeting of...

German Alpine Club president Josef Klenner receives special UIAA award

German Alpine Club president Josef Klenner receives special award from UIAA president Frits Vrijlandt in Munich, Germany (Photo: Sophie Gerard for UIAA) Klenner’s twin passions of conservation and love of climbing and mountaineering was recognized on 24 March 2014 with a special award by the UIAA at a gathering in Munich, Germany. "Great things happen when men and mountains meet,” said Frits Vrijlandt, president of the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation. "In the case of Klenner,...