UIAA World Youth Championships in Champagny-en-Vanoise bodes well for future of sport

It's a sign of youth interest in ice climbing and and deep bench strength in the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup that several of the climbers from the adult tour also participate in 2014 UIAA Youth Ice Climbing World Championships which concluded today in Champagny-en-Vanoise. The climbers included Janez Svoljak, Kevin Huser,  Radomir Proschenko, and Yannick Glatthard. There's good news for ice climbing in the fact that we have a 13 - 15 years age group as...

Ice Queens: The video

[embed]https://vimeo.com/85424809[/embed] Angelika Rainer and Lucie Hrozova are among the most experienced competitors in the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup Tour. Here's a short video where the two discuss their sport in the spectacular setting of Cheongsong, Korea a few weeks ago. ICE QUEENS with Angelika Rainer and Lucie Hrozova from UIAA - Mountaineering & Climbing on Vimeo. Rainer began this year with a bronze in Cheongsong and has continued to progress with a silver in Busteni and the...

Nikolay Kuzovlev stuns with nightime victory in Champagny-en-Vanoise

Next stop for the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup: Rabenstein Italy (7-9 February, 2014) Summary from Champagny-en-Vanoise, France The new champions in Champagny-en-Vanoise are Nikolay Kuzovlev (Lead - Men), Maria Tolokonina (Lead - Women)l Vladimir Kartashev (Men - Speed) and Julia Oleynikova (Women - Speed). The outdoor climbing wall in French alpine resort of Champangy - en - Vanoise in the Rhône-Alpes region once again proved itself to be a stunning backdrop to the UIAA Ice Climbing World...

Bernard Amy says we must explain what the mountains give us and what we learn from them

Editor's Note: Carlo Zanantoni sent us this speech by Bernard Amy, the well known French mountaineer and writer, member of GHM and President the French Observatoir pour les Pratiques de la Montagne et de l' Alpinisme (OPMA), which he thought would of interest to UIAA members. Ami recently become a member of the Italian Academic Alpine Club.  The text of the brief address and Ami's love affair with mountaineering which he gave to the CAAI Assembly on that occasion is...

Park Hee Yong puts on a show in Saas Fee as race for overall champion intensifies

A crucial win in Saas Fee keeps Park Hee Yong in the race for overall Lead champion (Photo: Philippe Mooser for the UIAA) Saas Fee: The race to become overall 2014 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup champion reached a new high in Saas Fee, Switzerland with the irrepressible Park Hee Yong in the starring role.Park put on a display of his climbing prowess in the Lead discipline which many veteran observers of the competition say will be...

Park Hee Yong and Angelika Rainer win big in Saas Fee

Summary: Park Hee Yong of Korea and Angelika Rainer of Italy are the new Lead champions for men and women in Saas Fee. Live Blog Official and final results from Saas Fee: Women Lead final Men Lead final Women Speed final Men Speed final 20:55: All that talk about the Russians was blown out of the water by the climb of a lifetime from Park Hee Yong of Korea, who on his second climb of the night - because of the earlier technical -...

Mammut issues precautionary recall of RescYou Crevasse Rescue Device

Editor's Note: Mammut, a UIAA Safetly Label holder issued a recall of its RescYou Crevasse Rescue Device 20 January 2014. For a list of other recalls and UIAA Safety Label holders please visit the UIAA Certified Equipment and Recall database. From the Mammut website: RescYou Crevasse Rescue Device recalled by Mammut due to risk of injury On January 20th, 2014 Mammut issued a recall of the RescYou crevasse rescue tool, from batches 12/12 and 3/13. The RescYou is...

Mammut issues recall of RescYou crevasse rescue tool

Editor's Note:  Mammut, a UIAA Safetly Label holder issued a recall of its RescYou Crevasse Rescue Device 20 January 2014. For a list of other recalls and UIAA Safety Label holders please visit the UIAA Certified Equipment and Recall database. From the Mammut website: RescYou Crevasse Rescue Device recalled by Mammut due to risk of injury On January 20th, 2014 Mammut issued a recall of the RescYou crevasse rescue tool, from batches 12/12 and 3/13. The RescYou is used for ski mountaineering and...

Maxim Tomilov and Shin WoonSeon win in Busteni

HIGHLIGHTS: Maxim Tomilov (Russia) edges out Park Hee Yong (Korea) in Men's Lead final while Shin WoonSeon (Korea) beat Angelika Rainer (Italy) in the Women's Lead final. What a great day of competition. Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Men's Speed final results were cancelled due to wall conditions because of unseasonably warm weather. Latest results and starting lists available here throughout the day. Check here for other updates Read More Live updates 19:00: As the medal ceremony...

Russians dominate in Lead with Tomilov brothers and Tolokonina in Chelongsong

hen Alexey Tomilov made his final move to pass the high point of Park Hee Yong (Korea) he not only became the first male finalist to top the Lead wall, but he also guaranteed  that the 2014 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup start in Cheongsong would be an all Russian affair. Only his brother Maxim Tomilov was left to compete, and with Maxim slipping just below the top, Alexey finally won a Gold that has eluded...