Western University renews support for UIAA Mountain Protection Award

he UIAA Mountain Protection Award is now a $10,000 prize with the renewed support of Western University and a yet to be named sponsor. This year’s deadline for receiving nominations for projects is 31 August 2014. The award is open to companies which organize tourism / adventure activities in mountain areas and associations which have developed innovative ecotourism activities. All projects submitted are reviewed by the Assessment and Awards Team and if chosen for nomination will be...

Avalanche on Everest kills 13 Sherpas with three more missing and presumed dead

Sherpas descend a slippery slope on Mount Everest. (Photo: Kristoffer Erickson for National Geographic News) The most recent update from the Nepal Mountaineering Association website contains a statement released by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation after a high official level visit to Everest Base Camp led by Hon'ble Minister on 24 April 2014. The full text can be found here. Photographs from the funeral procession held in Kathmandu on 21 April 2014 can be found here. 23 April 2014 Ang...

UIAA president and executive board member to participate in elite Swiss ski mountaineering race

Frits Vrijlandt and Thomas Kähr are passionate about all things climbing and mountaineering. Ski mountaineering, however, has a special place in the hearts of Vrijlandt, president of the UIAA and Kähr, a UIAA executive board member. That’s why both Vrijlandt and Kähr are in Switzerland 29 April -3 May 2014 to participate in the Patrouille des Glaciers, considered to be the largest and toughest ski-mountaineering events in the world. The event which takes place once every two years...

Olympic officials praise UIAA for role in display of ice climbing at Winter Olympics

8 April 2014, ANTALYA, Turkey: UIAA president Frits Vrijlandt met Kit McConnell, the recently appointed Director of Sports for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Christian Wassmer, manager,  IOC Winter Games at the Sport Accord convention here. Mr. Wassmer complimented the UIAA – International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation with  the impressive display of ice climbing at the Ice Climbing Festival held in the Olympic Park in Sochi Russia during the recently concluded Winter Olympics. Ice climbing was showcased...

Major changes made to World Anti-Doping Code

Editor's Note: Dr Nenad Dikic and Dr Marija Andjelkovic of the UIAA Anti-Doping Commission update us significant changes between to the World Anti-Doping Code, with the new code becoming effective on 1 January 2015: The World Anti -Doping Code ("the Code”) is the core document that provides the framework for harmonized anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sports organizations and among public authorities. The ultimate goal is for all athletes to benefit from the same anti-doping procedures...

Successful ascents of K6 and Annapurna honoured at the Piolet d’Or

Celebrating mountainnering at the Piolet d'Or (Photo: http://www.pioletsdor.com/) Raphael Slawinsky, Ian Welsted and Ueli Steck are winners of the 2014 Piolet d’Or which was announced in Courmayeur, France on 29 March 2014. Slawinsky and Welsted made the first ascents of the northwest face of K6 in Pakistan and Steck was honoured for his solo ascent of the south face of Annapurna in Nepal. Planet Mountain reports on the winning climbs here: The Piolets d'Or 2014 goes to Raphael Slawinsky and...

Ethiopian conservation project winner of first UIAA Mountain Protection Award

The Menz-Guassa Community Conservation Area is located in the northern Ethiopian highlands (Photo: Jeff Kerby for UIAA) The Menz-Guassa Community Conservation Area (GCCA) situated in the northern highlands of Ethiopia is the first recipient of the UIAA Mountain Protection Award. "The Menz-Guassa Community Conservation Area is an impressively-crafted project that effectively brings together a wide range of diverse stakeholders to preserve and protect the outstanding natural and cultural resources of this mountainous region of Ethiopia,” said Linda McMillan,...

Para-iceclimbing makes its debut in Ufa, Russia

Ice climbing may not be a part of the Sochi Paralympics which begin today but that didn’t stop a group of trailblazing Russians from showing how it might be one day. Witness what happened in Ufa, Russia, where the 2014 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup recently concluded. As part of the event, the Russian Mountaineering Federation invited a group of athletes from the local alpine club with disabilities to do some para-iceclimbing on the Speed wall...

Founder of Climbers Against Cancer smiles through his pain

John Ellison (in green t-shirt) surrounded by supporters (Photo: http://www.climbersagainstcancer.org) When British climber John Ellison received the news more than two years ago that he was ill with terminal cancer he realized he had a stark choice to make. A lesser person might have given up hope but Ellison knew, as he put it a recent speech: "We get to choose if we smile and laugh. We get to choose if we frown and cry.” Ellison chose to smile...

Service bulletin for inspection issued for Mammut / Snowpulse avalanche airbags

Mammut has issued a service bulletin for inspection of Mammut / Snowpulse avalanche airbags. The following is text from Mammut about their bulletin: Follow-up inspections have shown that there is an assembly problem affecting individual Mammut / Snowpulse avalanche airbags from the Winter 2011/2012 and Winter 2012/2013 production seasons. The problem is an improperly screwed in connector between the deployment mechanism and the venturi valve. Since Mammut cannot rule out that this problem could result in a...