HOW TO FOLLOW THE UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS

The annual UIAA Ice Climbing World Youth Championships will be held in Tyumen, Russia this weekend. Youngsters in U16, U19 and U21 categories will take on speed and boulder competitions. Currently 35 athletes are registered. The UIAA will provide a livestream of the speed and boulder finals on Sunday 28 February. Qualification for both events takes place on Saturday. Action will be broadcast on the UIAA YouTube channel. Please subscribe for updates. Live speed results will be...

SUSTAINABILITY OBJECTIVES FOR 2021 SET IN MOTION

Throughout the past twelve months, UIAA Commissions have embraced online technology as a means of meeting more regularly. The Mountain Protection Commission (MPC) is no exception. At its first meeting of 2021, the MPC focused on priorities for the year ahead while delegates provide updates on sustainability initiatives within their own federations. 2021 PROJECTS The revised timeline for the 2020-2021 UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA), partnered by Bally, was recently communicated. The application portal has remained open throughout...

LOCAL HEROES DOMINATE 2021 FINICE

Two regulars on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour – Pauli Salminen and Mira Alhonsuo – took the plaudits at the 2021 UIAA Ice Climbing European Cup event (FINICE) held in Oulu, Finland on the weekend of 21-22 February. Salminen dominated the 25-strong men’s competition topping during each round. Fellow Finnish athletes Albert Kaikkonen and Henri Toivola joined him on the podium. Alhonsuo held off determined pressure from fellow World Cup athlete Enni Bertling. The pair matched...

BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL CALLS FOR CLIMBING MOVIES

UIAA member associations are informed that applications are open to submit films for the fifth edition of MFM – Mostra Filmes de Montanha, an international exhibition of mountain films, whose objective is to promote mountain culture, mountain sports and free access. Application for the 2021 edition closes on 31 March. Entries can be submitted here. The festival, a free event, is supported by the UIAA member association in Brazil, CBME – the Brazilian Mountain Hiking and Climbing Confederation....

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS IN THE Galicica National Park

UIAA full member, the Mountaineering Federation of North Macedonia (FPSM), with the support of the UIAA Access Working Group, wishes to share details of access restrictions imposed on climbers visiting the Galičica National Park. BACKGROUND The Galičica National Park is situated in the Galicica range and forms part of the mountain range of Shara-Pind. Due to its natural beauty and rich flora and fauna, the Macedonian section of the mountain was declared a National Park in 1958....

UIAA SAFECOM ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS:
Figure-eight knots

The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – regularly receives questions related to safety topics. The UIAA Safety Commission, with support of other UIAA Commissions and experts, has published a series of articles answering common questions with the objective of making them available to the wider climbing community. This month’s question is: I have a question about something an instructor once taught me. He said that the main rope should "clamp" the whole knot, passing behind. However,...

MEXICAN FEDERATION CELEBRATES 90-YEAR ANNIVERSARY AS A RETURNING UIAA MEMBER

The UIAA General Assembly elected four new member associations in October 2020, taking the total of total of UIAA members to 90 from 67 different countries. All four new members will be profiled over the coming months, commencing with the Federación Mexicana de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada A.C (Mexican Federation of Mountain Sports and Climbing A.C). Founded in April 1931, the club like many others, was created with the objective of uniting different national groups interested...

AN EFFICIENT START TO 2021

On Saturday 30 January, the UIAA Management Committee (MC) held its first online meeting since October’s UIAA General Assembly when five new members were elected to the body. The meeting was followed by a short session with the UIAA Commission Presidents who provided an update on project progress and priorities for the year ahead. MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE Having met regularly online over the past three months, the newly formed UIAA Executive Board provided a summary of its progress...

UIAA ICE CLIMBING EVENTS IN RUSSIA SCHEDULED TO GO AHEAD

Following a meeting held on Wednesday 27 January, the UIAA Ice Climbing Commission confirmed that the two UIAA Ice Climbing events scheduled to take place in Russia in February and March, are due to go ahead as planned. The two events are:  UIAA Ice Climbing World Youth Championships - Tyumen, Russia – 26-28 February 2021 – Boulder and Speed disciplines UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup – Kirov, Russia – 5-7 March 2021 – Lead and Speed disciplines Federations can...

A FESTIVAL OF ICE CLIMBING

An exciting, and keenly anticipated, weekend of ice climbing was held on two continents on the weekend of 23-24 January. In the French Alps, the UIAA Ice Climbing European Championships unfolded in Champagny-en-Vanoise while in North America, the competition arm of the annual Ouray Ice Festival, provided an enthralling mix climbing event. The event in Champagny, organised in conjunction with the resort of La Plagne and UIAA member association FFCAM, witnessed 36 athletes from countries take...