LATEST 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. Climbing Technology – Easy Speed As a precautionary measure, Climbing Technology is voluntarily recalling its EASY SPEED (Ref. No. 2F714), subject to verification by the user. Full details and related instructions can be found here. Péguet – Safety Warning – Maillon Rapide 8mm Standard Zinc plated steel EN362 / EN12275 Ref.MRNZ08.0 CE EN   Further details can be found here and through...

UIAA MARKS EARTH DAY 2021

Earth Day, created in 1970, is an annual event held on 22 April to raise awareness about the importance of environmental protection. Today it is a global movement with initiatives and events taking place internationally. The UIAA Mountain Protection Commission (MPC) marked the day by participating in a Mountain Women of the World webinar, led by a transnational network of mountain women. During the session, mountain women from around the world including three members of the MPC...

COVID 19 TASKFORCE: WORLDWIDE CLIMBING PICTURE

The UIAA Taskforce set up to offer guidance to the climbing community throughout the Covid-19 pandemic held its most recent online meeting on 24 March. Discussions centred on the subject of vaccination roll outs, the impact of third waves in certain countries and recommendations to the UIAA Management Committee regarding the staging of in-person meetings later this year including October’s General Assembly. Across the world and UIAA membership, the situation is very different ranging from a...

SAFE WATER IN THE MOUNTAINS:
UIAA PRODUCES ADVICE VIDEO

Water-borne diseases are amongst the most common and important health issues affecting mountain visitors. Although contaminated food may be a more important risk factor for traveller’s diarrhea than water, the availability of safe water and knowledge of how to obtain it is a must for climbers worldwide to balance (high altitude) dehydration, to improve performance, and to minimise risks (e.g. frostbite, altitude diseases). In most cases the responsibility for obtaining and purifying water will be...

We are Nature: Mountain Women Collectively Defending the Earth – Webinar for Earth Day

As part of the Mountain Women of the World project, a dedicated Webinar is being launched on Earth Day (22 April), led by a transnational network of mountain women. It will be a space for groups of mountain women from around the world to share experiences and knowledge. The attendance to the Webinar is open for registration. The UIAA will be represented by three members of its Mountain Protection Commission, Dr Carolina Adler (New Zealand), Professor Harshwanti...

Launching the first-ever global survey on waste in mountains: Add your voice

GRID-Arendal, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, international mountain sports and guiding federations - including the UIAA, and other partners, is launching the 2021 Mountain Waste Survey. This is the first-ever global survey of the public on waste in mountain areas. More than 1.1 billion people live in mountain regions, and millions more visit mountains every day. Most of us who spend time in mountain areas have seen litter problems first-hand, but there has...

REPORT: UIAA INTERNATIONAL YOUTH ICE CLIMBING CAMP 2021

The first UIAA Youth Commission Global Summit event of 2021 saw the annual ice climbing camp in the Hautes-Alpes, France take place from 14-20 February. The following report is produced by the team from the UIAA full member association in Slovenia, (PZS). Ahead of the Camp, members of Slovenian team (Gregor Šegel, Bor Levičnik, Vid Vilhar, Vid Praprotnik, Eva Dana Vidmar and Katja Lobe) left Slovenia with a folder full of documents related to Covid-19 rules...

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,...