UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour stops in “cool” Saas Fee

  Each stage of the UIAA Ice climbing Tour has its own unique character and Saas Fee, one of Switzerland’s most famous ski resorts has "cool" written all over it. The Swiss village of 1,600 people which can handle as many as 7,600 people during peak season has become one of the liveliest and interesting stops on the tour. The unique competition wall in this idyllic car-free town (1,700 meters) which lies on the other side of Zermatt...

Safety Commission to meet in February over via ferrata issue

The UIAA Safety Commission will meet during ISPO Munich on 6 February 2013 to review and discuss a worldwide warning to users of via ferrata sets that was put out in September. The warning followed worldwide a fatal accident on 5 August 2012 on a via ferrata in the vicinity of Walchsee in Tirol, Austria where a climber fell several meters and both lanyards on the energy-absorbing devices (EAS), also known as klettersteig sets, broke. The manufacturer of the...

Winners of Korean stage of UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour

PRESS RELEASE  Winners of Korean stage of UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour   13 January 2013, CHEONGSONG, Korea: The first stage of the 2013 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour concluded today before thousands of cheering spectators in Cheongsong, South Korea with winners and final results announced in the following categories: UIAA World Cup Full Results  Women's Lead  Men's Lead  1. Angelika Rainer (Italy)  1. Alexey Tomilov (Russia)  2. Anna Gallyamova (Russia)  2. Valentyn Sypavin (Ukraine)  3. Woon Seon Shin (Korea)  3. Hee Yong Park (Korea)  Women's Lead Full list  Men's...

Maxim Tomilov and Markus Bendler out of the finals for Lead in Korea

The first full day competition at the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour in Cheongsong, Korea saw a major upset when last year’s world champion Maxim Tomilov (Men’s Lead) fell early and unable to qualify for the finals on Sunday. Tomilov’s brother and climbing partner Alexey Tomilov, however, fared much better and led the group by day’s end. It was also another major disappointment for Austria’s Markus Bendler, who gave a sub-par performance in the qualifying round and...

80 years of UIAA, looking back and looking forward by Claude Eckhardt

Editor’s Note: We asked Claude Eckhardt, former General Secretary of the UIAA – International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation to prepare an overview of highlights in the history of the UIAA since 1932. The views expressed are his alone. The creation and first decades Informal and friendly meetings between representatives of various countries took place with the creation of Alpine Clubs in the second half of the 19th century. But it was only in 1932 that the Club Alpin...

Youth Commission charts course under new president

As part of its mandate to promote GYS event and reach out to youth around the world, commission members strategized on a plan that includes an event in Mongolia in 2013 which will be included in the plan submitted to The Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF). The commission also worked on developing the 2013 calendar of events. Some events are already available such as two international youth ice climbing meets from FFCAM in Guillestre, France and...

Celebration of the 1982 ascent of Mount Everest in Moscow by Congress of Climbers

Members of the 1982 expedition to Everest by climbers from the former Soviet Union (Photo: Daniel Kolodin) Frits Vrijlandt, the new president of the UIAA – International and Mountaineering Federation was in Moscow in November at the invitation of the Russian Mountaineering Federation to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest by climbers from the former Soviet Union. Vrijlandt also met with senior officials from the Ministry of Sports of Russia, along with...

Maurice Herzog, leader and last surviving member of the 1950 ascent of Annapurna has passed away

Maurice Herzog, the leader and and last surviving member of the 1950 historic first ascent of Annapurna has passed away at the age of 93 years. In his obituary of Herzog published in the Guardian today, British climber Ed Douglas said Herzog became a French national national hero after returning from Annapurna in Nepal. Douglas wrote: Annapurna was the first mountain over 8,000m to be climbed. Others were higher – such as Everest, the site of British assaults in the...

Goldwin Korea to sponsor the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour

PRESS RELEASE Goldwin Korea to sponsor the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour 12 December 2012, BERN, Switzerland: The UIAA - International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation has signed a sponsorship agreement with Goldwin Korea, the official license partner of The North Face in Korea, starting with the 2013 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour. The agreement involves a long-term commitment by the UIAA and Goldwin Korea to champion and develop the sport of competitive ice climbing. "An agreement such as this one...

Dates for UIAA Ice climbing world tour finalized

Athletes taking part in the 2013 UIAA Ice Climbing world tour are reminded that the dates for the competitions have been finalized. The 2013 tour dates are: Cheongsong, South Korea (12 - 13 January, 2013): UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup (Lead and Speed) & World Championship (Lead) Saas-Fee, Switzerland (18 - 19 January, 2013): UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup (Lead and Speed) Rabenstein, Italy (26 - 27 January, 2013): UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup (Lead and...