UIAA MEMBERS ANNOUNCE ELECTION OF NEW PRESIDENTS

A number of UIAA member associations have recently announced the election of new Presidents. Brazil, CBME, Brazilian Mountaineering and Climbing Confederation: Mr Marcio Hoepers succeeds Ms Kika Bradford as new President. Mr Hoepers brings considerable experience working with local federations in Brazil. Denmark, DKK, Danish Alpine Club, Mr Mitchell Jagd is the federation's new President, replacing Mr Morten Damkjær Nielsen. Kazakhstan, MSCFRK, Mountaineering & Sport Climbing Federation Of The Republic Of Kazakhstan, Mr Alzhan Imashev succeeds Mr Kazbek Valieyv. Korea,...

UIAA VOLUNTEER SERIES: HARSHWANTI BISHT

Professor Harshwanti Bisht is one of the UIAA’s newest volunteers having joined the Mountain Protection Commission (MPC) last year. She is a retired academic and based in Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, one of the Indian Himalayan states. “My professional background is indirectly related to climbing and mountaineering,” explains Professor Bisht. “My Doctoral research work was on Tourism in the Garhwal Himalaya with a special focus on mountaineering and trekking in the Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts...

CLIMBING EQUIPMENT RECALL INFORMATION

The UIAA Safety Commission has shared details of three recent equipment recalls. Text marked in italics is provided by the individual manufacturer. Beal - Recall for Inspection Birdie (1st Generation) Serial Number : 05/19, 07/19, 08/19, 10/19, 11/19, 12/19 Our quality system took in charge several claims about broken handles. In very rare cases, the handle can present some slack which may generate an additional force that can cause the breakage of the handle. It is important to note,...

While spending time in the mountains, exploring new rock faces and peaks and even climbing indoors has been severely restricted for most people over the past twelve months, the climbing community has been able to able to engage more frequently and actively online. Although no substitute for being outdoors, technology has made it possible for creative projects and collaboration to flourish. The UIAA has worked almost exclusively online for the past twelve months at an office,...

KIROV BRINGS DOWN CURTAIN ON 2020-21 SEASON

The 2020-2021 UIAA Ice Climbing season concluded with a World Cup event in Kirov, Russia on 6-7 March. Nearly 40 athletes took on speed and lead competitions at an ice tower which has long hosted UIAA-sanctioned events and training camps. The current season has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic with most competitions restricted to national athletes or those from neighbouring countries. WOMEN'S LEAD AND SPEED Daria Glotova, who won the U19 Lead and Speed World Championship...

KIROV TO CLOSE UIAA ICE CLIMBING SEASON

Following last weekend's UIAA Ice Climbing World Youth Championships in Tyumen, Russia again plays hosts to top level competition. The first and only World Cup of a much disrupted 2020-2021 UIAA Ice Climbing season will be held in Kirov, a regular competition host. Travel restrictions and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has had an obvious impact on the entry list. However, nearly 40 athletes from ten nationalities are though expected to take part. The official schedule...

LATEST UPDATES FROM UIAA MEMBERS ON COVID-19

The UIAA Covid-19 Crisis Consultation (CCC) Taskforce, set up nearly a year ago to provide guidance on subjects related to climbing and mountaineering throughout the lifespan of the current pandemic, continues to meet regularly online with its members providing updates from their federations and countries. Below is a summary of resources and information from different countries provided during meetings held since the turn of the year. Please note that information published below is subject to change. General...

REVIEW: A PLATFORM FOR YOUTH TO SHINE

The annual UIAA Ice Climbing World Youth Championships took place in Tyumen, Russia from 26-28 February. Nearly fifty youngsters in U16, U19 and U21 categories took on speed and boulder competitions. Owing to travel restrictions and the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of countries able to send athletes to the event was impacted. Five nations were represented - the Czech Republic, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and hosts Russia. Those who did attend braved the...

UIAA TO LAUNCH MOUNTAIN NETWORK SERIES WEBINARS

While spending time in the mountains, exploring new rock faces and peaks and even climbing indoors has been severely restricted for most people over the past twelve months, the climbing community has been able to able to engage more frequently and actively online. Although no substitute for being outdoors, technology has made it possible for creative projects and collaboration to flourish. The UIAA has worked almost exclusively online for the past twelve months at an office,...

SUPPORTING THE TREKKING INDUSTRY: UIAA TO HELP ESTABLISH A MOUNTAIN WORKER INITIATIVE

In response to the growing issues faced by mountain workers and guides in the expedition and trekking industry, a situation further exacerbated by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – is establishing a Mountain Worker Initiative (MWI). The MWI, guided by the UIAA Mountaineering Commission (MountCom), will seek to establish, disseminate and support guidelines for ethical trekking and mountaineering practices worldwide with a focus on the lives of...