UIAA embraces World Sport declaration

The Youth Commission is pledging to use the declaration from the recent World Sport for All Congress  when forming action plans and initiatives. UIAA Youth Commission President, Anne Arran, says this is key in the run up to the 2009 Congress theme – ‘’Moving towards an active society.’’ The declaration from the 12th World Sport for All Congress “Sport for All – for Life” called on governments to act urgently to deal with the global problems of increasing obesity and lack...

Setting high standards for mountain protection

Linda McMillan, the new president of the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission, presents her vision of how climbers, mountaineers and trekkers can help study and protect mountain environments. In the following article, McMillan argues that the UIAA can “claim the high ground” on mountain protection: From my work with the IUCN’s Mountains Biome group, I see the need and the opportunity to bring three important mountain stakeholder groups—science, sport, and tourism—together to improve mountain protection around the world....

UIAA doctor gives Kilimanjaro ascent advice

A UK member of the UIAA Medical Commission has compiled an easy-to-understand document on how to stay safe and healthy when ascending Kilimanjaro. The document can be downloaded here. Doctor Jeremy Windsor has gathered information and tips aimed at the thousands of mountaineers wanting to stand on Africa's highest peak. "Strange as it may sound, Kilimanjaro is perhaps one of the most dangerous mountains in the world", writes Windsor. "Despite reliable weather and straightforward access, illness and...

Bendler, Gulyaev and Tolokonina are Ice Climbing big winners

Markus Bendler, Maria Tolokonina and Pavel Gulyaev were the big winners of the 2009 Ice Climbing season. Tolokonina from Russia ranked first in both the Women's Speed and Lead disciplines after winning five out of six competitions. Bendler of Austria made a clean sweep of the men's Lead competitions, winning every single event. Gulyaev won the men's Speed discipline and set a new world speed record. The Ice Climbing World Cup 2009 ended with the finals taking...

Russians continue to dominate Ice Climbing speed World Cup

Russians continue to dominate Ice Climbing speed World CupRussian athlete Maria Tolokonina and countryman Pavel Batushev won the women and men's World Cup speed competitions in Mojstrana, Slovenia on January 31. This was Batushev's first win of the season, after collecting a silver medal in last weekend's World Championship in Saas Fee. The second and third places went to Matevs Vukotic, Slovenia and Pavel Gulyaev, Russia. Tolokonina's victory was her third of 2009, including a gold in...

Unknown peaks in Tibet documented by Japanese expedition

A Japanese expedition lead by mountaineer Tamotsu Nakamura has photographed and documented little-known peaks and ranges in the Deep Gorge Country of South East Tibet and Sichuan, China. Between October 23 and November 30, 2008, the expedition travelled 4,000 kilometres. Leader Nakamura was joined by mountaineers, guides and other support staff from Japan, Tibe and China. The first goal of the expedition was to explore Dungri Garpo, a 6,090m mountain in Deep Gorge Country. They encountered problems...

Russians, Italians and Austrians win at Ice Climbing World Championships

The Austrian climber Markus Bendler, and Russian and Italian athletes were the big winners at the Ice Climbing World Championships that concluded in the Swiss resort of Saas Fee on January 24. Bendler won the men's competition in the Lead event repeating his success from Val Daone and becoming Men's World Champion. Angelika Rainer from Italy was the only woman to reach the top and took the World Championship gold medal. The Italian team from the...

Author returns to Himalayan Golden Age

A former Honorary Secretary of the Himalayan Club, Trevor Braham, has published his memoir of mountain exploration from the 1940s to the early 1970s. In “Himalayan Playground, Adventures on the Roof of the World, 1942-72”, Braham expresses his love of mountains and the challenges they present. In the book, he says these amount to laying bare “personal strengths and weaknesses” and yielding “rewards that are uniquely personal”. It is a collection of stories of journeys and expeditions...

K2 tragedy and a first ascent marks Pakistan season

The Alpine Club of Pakistan has published records of this year's expeditions in the country. 2008 will probably be remembered most for the 11 deaths on K2, but the season also saw one first ascent. Seventy-six expeditions were given permission to climb one or more Pakistani peaks in 2008. Two expeditions were not allowed to climb peaks close to the Siachen Glacier because of the military presence there. 2008 proved a very bleak year for K2, as...

Food security is focus of International Mountain Day

Organisations around the world called attention to the issue on December 11, designated by the United Nations as International Mountain Day. For the last six years this day, which was declared by the UN after the International Year of Mountains in 2002, has been used to focus on issues such as biodiversity, peace and tourism. The 2008 theme for the International Mountain day was food security, which is an important issue for many people living in popular...