Mountain Protection Award and proposed certification scheme present at ITB Berlin

The UIAA has a presence at the well-attended International Tourism Bourse (ITB)in Berlin where Erin Gleeson and Elvin Mammadov, a student from Western University in Azerbaijan, are promoting the inaugural UIAA Mountain Protection Award and other mountain protection activities. "Our main priority at the job fair to promote the Mountain Protection Award and potential for a certification scheme that emphasizes sustainable mountain tourism,” said Gleeson. Gleeson and Mammadov will also be conducting surveys from tourism and tour operators about...

Everest summitteers required to help clean Mount Everest by bringing out garbage

Mount Everest has been in the news lately as the busy spring season to climb it approaches. First there was news that the Nepal government had reduced fees to climb the mountain, which some said critics said would attract even more climbers and trash. This was followed by an announcement that security on the world's highest mountain would be strengthened following a high altitude fight between a few European climbers and some Sherpas last year. Agence France-Presse in Kathmandu is now...

Russians win all overall championship titles in 2014 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup

Russians win race for overall titles The 2014 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup concluded in Ufa, Russia today with new overall world champions being declared in four categories: Women’s Lead: Maria Tolokonina (Russia) Men’s Lead: Maxim Tomilov (Russia) Women’s Speed: Maryam Filippova (Russia) Men’s Speed: Nikolay Kuzovlev (Russia) For Maria Tolokonina, this is the second year in a row that she has been declared overall Lead champion, while Maxim Tomilov has wrested back the title he lost to Park Hee Yong...

New UIAA standard developed for water repellant ropes

It took ten years of research and testing to develop a new water repellency standard for ropes (Photo: UIAA) A new standard for water repellent ropes has been approved by the UIAA Safety Commission after almost 10 years of research and testing. "When a rope is full of water, it becomes heavy, difficult to use in belay devices and descenders,” said Michael Beal of Beal, a European rope manufacturer which worked with the UIAA to develop the standard. "It may...

Ice climbing draws attention in Sochi

Ice climbing had a unique and prominent presence at the Olympic Park during the recently concluded Winter Olympics in Sochi. Part of the Ice Climbing Festival, it included a Speed wall and a Lead structure, built with the generous support of sponsor Sberbank, which saw thousands of visitors witness ice climbing and dry tooling for the first time. More than 300 visitors lined up daily to climb the wall. It was also an opportunity for a group of international...

Long list for 2014 Piolet d’Or released

The long list of  potential nominees for the 2014 Piolet d'Or has been released. A smaller group of nominees for the prestigious 2014 awards will be chosen from this super long list published on the Piolet d'Or website: CHINE Kyzyl Asker (5,842m) A free ascent of the southeast pillar by Nicolas Favresse, Stéphane Hanssens, Sean Villanueva, and Evrard Wendenbaum in 15 days capsule style. After a new integral start, the climb lies very close to the 2007 Russian route as...

Olympic Blog: Amercian reporter challenges Russia’s Ivan Spitsin on the wall and CTV covers Nathan, Jen and Gord

Ice climbing is being showcased at the Olympic Park and the UIAA is there to celebrate the moment. This page will be updated regularly with information from the venue where climbers from around the world and visitors can climb and watch Lead and Speed duels on the wall. 23 February 2014 Nathan, Jen and Gord are great ambassadors for ice climbing. Here's Canada's CTV network covering ice climbing in Sochi. 21 February 2014 Various media from around the world...

Nepal government reduces fees to climb Mount Everest

The Nepal government has announced reduced fees to climb Mount Everest to attract mountaineers to the world's highest peak, even as concerns grow about the environmental effects of climbers who already crowd the mountain during the high season. An Associated Press article noted quoted Madhusudan Burlakoti, head of Nepal's Department of Mountains, saying that starting in 2015, it will cost $11,000 per climber to climb Everest. Under the current rules, a single climber pays $25,000. But larger...

Marc Beverly and Alexey Tomilov demonstrate Lead in Sochi and more

Marc Beverly and Alexey Tomilov show how Lead is done in Olympic Park in Sochi (Photo: Lukasz Warzecha for UIAA). It was warm enough today for climbers to demonstrate Lead and Speed in their T-shirts and the warm weather also brought out a variety of visitors who came to give the wall a try at Olympic Park in Sochi. They included Svetlana Zhurova, former Russian speed skater and 'mayor' of Sochi's Olympic Village. A photo blog by...

BMC Patron and former UIAA President Ian McNaught-Davis dies

The UIAA is saddened to hear of the death of former UIAA president Ian McNaught-Davis through the British Mountaineering Council where he was Patron and former president. Funeral arrangements For those friends who can make it to the funeral, these are the details. Please contact Loreto McNaught-Davis to let her know if you will be attending. Mac's funeral will take place on Tuesday 18 February. 2:30pm: Church Service, Our Lady of Victories, 235a Kensington High Street, London W8 6QT 6SA The church is...