Ice-borne archaeological finds call for responsible action

Archaeologists say they are relying on climbers and hikers to alert them to any unusual objects they may come across during their alpine walks or mountain expeditions. Over the past few years, hikers have made sensational discoveries of prehistoric artefacts in or beside melting snow and ice patches. Archaeologists tell the UIAA that anyone coming across such an object should leave it be and alert the local archaeological service, or authorities, to its location. “Document the location, get...

Aerial views offer new perspective of Himalayas

A US geography professor has created an atlas of computer generated aerial views of the Himalayas, available for all on the internet. The atlas contains over 700 life-like panoramas that offers climbers a unique view of the mountains they plan to climb. "Seeing the Earth from a high place allows us to grasp quickly the essential geography of vast regions that eludes those who are earth bound," says the atlas' creator William Bowen, professor emeritus of...

Mountaineers protecting mountains

Has your federation worked with land owners to preserve mountain areas? Then you could help mountain communities by sharing your experiences. Linda McMillan from the American Alpine Club is helping to produce a book with “Guidelines for Mountain Communities”, giving advice to mountain communities impacted by migration. Linda's part of the book gives information on how climbers, mountaineers, skiers, and other recreationists and their organisations are successfully working with land managers to preserve and protect mountain...

Climbers to help scientists with Yosemite lichen project

The National Park Service (NPS) in Yosemite, United States, is asking climbers for help with a study of lichens growing on big rock faces. Those who volunteer for one or more days between September 1- 21 will get free camping, experience with field work and the chance to meet up with other climbers. "Every climber knows how the colour and texture of rock faces can be critically dependent on the lichens spreading over their surface," says...

Century-old alpine club elects first woman president

his year the Norwegian Alpine Club (NTK) is celebrating its hundredth anniversary. The members have elected their first woman president to lead the club into the next century. UIAA President Mike Mortimer was in Oslo for the celebrations and had the chance to congratulate the ground-breaking new leader in person. Women have only been allowed as members of the NTK since 1975, and Ragnhild Amundsen was the fourth woman to join the club in 1983. "After 100 years...

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2016 is proving to be another busy year for the UIAA Youth Commission and its series of Global Youth Summit (GYS) events ...

UIAA sends condolences to K2 victims families

he UIAA deeply regrets the death of eleven climbers on K2. The massive loss of lives was caused by a large wall of ice dislodging from the mountain, taking with it many of the fixed ropes which the climbers were using for the descent. "The recent K2 tragedy had grieved us all here," says Nazir Sabir, President of the Alpine Club of Pakistan. "Loss of precious lives of our mountaineering community is irreparable." A Serb and one Pakistani...

Young climbers learn route setting

Youth from nine countries have taken part in a climbing coaching and route setting meet in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Top French climber and Petzl team member Tony Lamiche was there to share his skills. The event, called "Discovering New Cliffs", took place in the first week of July and was organised by the the Macedonian Mountain Sport Federation (MMSF) as part of the UIAA Global Youth Summit. "It was the best climbing camp ever...

American Alpine Club hosts international events

The American Alpine Club is going global this summer, hosting four international climbing events. The events are a Chinese-American women's climbing exchange, the club's first international climbers’ meet, an international climbing festival called the Craggin’ Classic, and an international editors’ summit. The goal of the Chinese-American Ladies’ Climbing Exchange is to bring together climbers from different backgrounds. The main organisers of the exchange are AAC's Eliza Moran, who is a past president of the UIAA Mountaineering Commission,...

Indian doctors learn mountain medicine

The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) is organising a high altitude mountain medicine course in Leh in Jammu and Kashmir from September 7 to 14. The goal is to expand the number of doctors in the country with such expertise. "We are essentially trying to develop a pool of Indian doctors with an exposure to high altitude medicine," says Amit Chowdhury of the IMF. "The course proposes to fill the vacuum in the training of mountain and high...