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...

Worldwide mountaineering accidents database project gets boost from the Petzl Foundation

The development of a proposed worldwide accidents database run by the Mountaineering Commission has been given a boost from the Petzl Foundation’s board of directors who have agreed to support the project in principal. The Foundation’s support is contingent on the ability of the Mountaineering Commission, which has been working on developing such a database to cooperate with two French University professors, also supported by the Petzl Foundation, who have been working on a similar project. To...

Mountain Club of South Africa hosts Frits Vrijlandt

Frits Vrijlandt became the first president since UIAA president Ian McNaught-Davis to visit the South Africa when he attended the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange in October at the invitation of the South African government. The KwaZulu-Natal Section of the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA), a UIAA member, since 1992, played host to Vrijlandt during his visit. The visit included an opportunity for Vrijlandt to go climbing with Gavin Raubenheimer at Monteseel, South Africa. Anne Rodwell  of...

Sustainable tourism focus of Azerbaijan conference

Sustainable tourism was the focus of a two-day conference organized by Western University, the sponsor of the inaugural UIAA Mountain Protection Award, in Baku, Azerbaijan. Among the 20 speakers and 50 attendees were UIAA vice-president Peter Farkas and UIAA Mountain Commission president Linda McMillan, Hussein Bagirov, president of Azerbaijan Air and Extreme Sports Federation (FAIREX), World Wildlife Fund representatives and specialists in ecotourism. More than half of Azerbaijan is covered by mountains, and speakers discussed "the valuable...

Claude Eckhardt elected Honorary Member of the UIAA

French mountaineer Claude Eckhardt was elected Honorary Member of the UIAA – International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation for a lifetime of work dedicated to the promotion of mountaineering and protection of mountain regions around the world. In his acceptance speech at the General Assembly in Pontresina, Switzerland earlier this month, Eckhardt said his long involvement with UIAA came about by accident after he was injured in a mountaineering accident. That’s when the president of his local...

Zdeněk Hrubý (1956 – 2013) loved the high mountains

Editor's Note: Last month, we received sad news of the death of Zdeněk Hrubý (1956 – 2013), president of the Czech Mountaineering Federation. Hrubý fell to his death in August 2013 while attempting a new route via the southwest face of Gasherbrum I (Hidden Peak) with his companion Marek Holeček. Just last October, he joined the UIAA during its General Assembly in Amsterdam. The UIAA offers its deepest condolences to his family and friends. Zdeněk Hrubý...

The 2013 Global Youth Summit a huge, diverse success

One of the most diverse series of Global Youth Summit events ever held under the supervision of the UIAA Youth Commission ended last month with a new event, a rock climbing festival in Terelj, Mongolia, organized by the Mongolian National Mountaineering Federation. “We covered wide geography and we organized winter and summer actions in various disciplines: ice-climbing, rock-climbing, mountaineering,” said UIAA Youth Commission president Israfil Ashurly.  “There were camps, schools, seminars, expeditions and festivals in different...

Claude ECKHARDT

2016 is proving to be another busy year for the UIAA Youth Commission and its series of Global Youth Summit (GYS) events ...