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...

New Speed champions crowned in Cheongsong

Spectators witnessed the thrill of the Speed duel on Sunday as new Speed champions were crowed in Cheongsong, Korea, the first stop of the 2014 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup When the ice had settled, left standing in first place were Nikolay Kuzovlev who beat Alexey Vagin to become the Grand Final winner for Men's Speed and Kulikova Natalya who barely managed to edge out Filippova Maryam to become the Women’s Speed winner. It was, as expected,...

Olympic Torch rally in Kirov culminates with lighting of flame by Pavel Shabilin

Pavel Shabalin, former president of the UIAA Ice Climbing Commission who is in charge of the  project to showcase ice climbing at the Sochi Winter Olympics sent us this exuberant video of the Olympic torch rally in Kirov, Russia. The video culminates with a demonstration of ice climbing on an artificial wall. Olympic Torch rally in Kirov culminates with lighting of flame by Pavel Shabilin Kirov, where ice climbing is popular and is the hometown of Maxim and...

Youth Commission president meets ARISF General Secretary Riccardo Fraccari

The renewal of a longstanding relationship between the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF) and the UIAA was at the centre of a meeting between ARISF General Secretary Riccardo Fraccari and Youth Commission president Israfil Ashurly. Ashurly was accompanied to the meeting on 9 December 2013 at ARISF headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland by UIAA Projects Manager Sophie Gerard. At the meeting Fraccari reiterated the desire of ARISF, as it charts a new course under newly...