Nepal government to tighten regulations around climbing Mount Everest

The Nepal government announced this week it would set up a permanent government team at the base camp of Mount Everest which observers believe is a first step towards the tightening of regulations around the number of climbers on the mountain, and what they do on it. UIAA Honorary member Ang Tshering, the immediate past president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association which helped recommended the new rules also hopes it will limit the quest for “bizarre records” on...

Jaewook Kim (1970 – 2013) loved the thrill of competition and sport climbing

Editor's note: Sad news came to us from the Korean Alpine Federation about the death of Jaewook Kim, an international sport climbing judge with the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour.   The Korean climbing community and the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour lost one of its most passionate voices with the sudden death of Kim Jaewook earlier this month. “Jaewook was a pioneer in ice climbing and the development of ice climbing competition in Korea,” said Christine Pae,...

FEDME study connects marked paths and sustainable rural development

[embed]https://youtu.be/IvQks0UJqps[/embed]   The Spanish Federation of Mountain and Climbing Sports (FEDME) has released a study which looks at how hiking trails can be developed in an economical, socially and environmentally sustainable manner. "This research is pioneering in Europe,” said Juan J. Ibáñez Martin, the new head of the UIAA Access Commission and a member of the FEDME Access Commission which produced the study titled "Market Paths and Sustainable Rural Development.” "For the first time, we are trying to define...

Young climbers from the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) reach summit of Mount Ararat in Turkey

Editor's Note: This is an Italian Alpine Club news release from Milan, Italy dated 24 July 2013 On 23 July at 6:30 a.m., an Italian flag with the CAI Youth Alpinism symbol on it fluttered on the summit of Mount Ararat (5165 m – Anatolia – Eastern Turkey). It was the culmination of the successful ascent by the “CAI expedition to Mount Ararat” to mark the 150th anniversary of the Italian Alpine Club, an initiative which involved...

Updated: Pakistan Alpine Club joins UIAA in condemning attack on Nanga Parbat mountaineers

Editor's note: The UIAA strongly condemned the senseless murder of 10 mountaineers at the base camp of Nanga Parbat on 23 June 2013. Not long after, Lt. Col (Retd) Manzoor Hussain, president of the Pakistan Alpine Club, a member federation of the UIAA wrote a heartfelt letter to president Frits Vrijlandt on 28 June 2013. Reprinted below is the letter followed by the original press release: Dear Mr President Compliments from Alpine Club of Pakistan. I write to you...

Update – UIAA Safety commission tackles via ferrata, bolts and rope standards in Chamonix, France

Editor's Note: The UIAA Safety Commission met recently in Chamonix, France. Commission president Dave Custer filed this update from the meeting. The UIAA Safety Commission completed work on several pending issues such as ropes and bolt standards and accelerated work on the time-sensitive subject of energy absorbing systems for via ferrata (VF-EAS) at this year’s meeting in Chamonix France. To accelerate the VF-EAS work, a fifth of the meeting was devoted to a joint UIAA Safety Commission/European...

Western University in Azerbaijan to sponsor Mountain Protection Award

Western University in Azerbaijan has come on board as a sponsor of the UIAA Mountain Protection Award and will organize an international mountain ecotourism conference in October, in the capital Baku, that will highlight the award. The sponsorship will go towards a cash prize of USD $5,000 for the winner of the inaugural award which is a stamp of authority for best practices to an organization or tour operator that has implemented/is implementing outstanding projects on...

Juan J. Ibáñez Martin is new head of the UIAA Access Commission

Juan J. Ibáñez Martin, the new head of the UIAA Access Commission says the qualified exchange of information between member federations with greater traditions of access and others facing bigger access challenges is key to his group’s work. "We want to strengthen assistance to members of the UIAA in discussions with the authorities and the managers of protected areas,” said Ibáñez Martin. Ibáñez Martin took over the reins of the commission from Clare Bond at a meeting...

International Mountain Summit includes a focus on extreme sports

Our friends at the International Mountain Summit who host one of the biggest and much anticipated mountaineering conferences in Europe have sent us news about what’s happening this year in October. This year’s summit which is in its fifth year takes place in Brixen, Italy and includes meetings, presentations, walks, films, pictures and climbing. The range of topics being discussed includes the mountain biking boom, the Dolomites as a Natural World Heritage site, telemedicine and music. Speakers...

Mont Blanc hut online reservation system open

The French Alpine Club (FFCAM) wants mountaineers worldwide to know that while final approvals are pending for the new Goûter Hut on Mont Blanc (which has not yet opened), online reservation for the old hut is available. The bookings for the hut are from June until September and it is possible to book until the day of arrival at 10h00 - if spaces is still available. You can book online at http://refugedugouter.ffcam.fr/resapublic.html and at http://refugedugouter.ffcam.fr/resapro.html if you are professional guide member...