CHANGES ANNOUNCED TO UIAA ICE CLIMBING SEASON

In response to the evolving Covid-19 situation, the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – has made further changes to the calendar for its current 2021 Ice Climbing season. In November, the UIAA confirmed that no World Tour would be held during the winter of 2020-2021, and instead would be replaced by Continental Competitions with the highlight being the three-week Tour des Alps, a mini-series which would see athletes take on three European Cups and...

UIAA VOLUNTEER SERIES: BUDDHA BASNYAT

Buddha Basnyat has offered his considerable experience in dealing with medical issues at high altitude and in the field of infectious diseases to international organisations for over thirty years. This includes his 20-year relationship as a volunteer for the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation. The Kathmandu-based clinician’s professional background has involved significant research into high altitude sickness. On the frontline, he has acted as the principal investigator in studies and randomised controlled trials into...

UIAA MEMBERS REPORT ON LATEST NATIONAL COVID-19 MEASURES

UIAA member associations from across the globe have shared information and resources related to Covid-19 and climbing. The UIAA’s own Covid-19 Crisis Consultation (CCC) Taskforce will hold its next online meeting on 14 January. The Taskforce will discuss the escalating issues in certain countries and the impact and progress of vaccination programmes. Following the meeting, the UIAA will publish its latest international guidelines and advice for climbing. Below is a summary of information recently provided by UIAA...

BRNO HOSTS ROUND 2 OF EUROPEAN CUP SEASON

The second event in the 2020-2021 UIAA Ice Climbing season, partnered by Outdoor Research, was held on 12 December. 42 athletes contested a European Cup in Brno, Czech Republic. The"Dry Tool Cup Brno 2020" competition took place on a pillar by the Brno dam. This event acted as both the international Championship of the Czech Republic and at the same time the second event of UIAA European Cup 2020/2021. Thanks to the commitment of the members of the...

UIAA PUBLISHES 2019 CARBON FOOTPRINT REPORT

In response to the UIAA’s signed commitment in early 2019 and participation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Sports for Climate Action (S4CA) the UIAA has started monitoring and reporting on its carbon footprint. As a participant in the S4CA initiative, the UIAA is required and expected to adhere to five principles these being: Principle 1: Undertake systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility; Principle 2: Reduce overall climate impact; Principle 3: Educate for climate action; Principle 4: Promote sustainable and responsible consumption; and Principle 5: Advocate for climate action through...

2021 GREETINGS

The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – wishes its member associations, partners, delegates, athletes and friends all the very best for the New Year. The year 2020 has proven to be a challenging time globally. In the face of these difficulties, the UIAA is extremely proud of the solidarity shown by the international climbing community and is grateful for the continued commitment and support provided by its members, partners and volunteers. The UIAA is looking forward...

UIAA SAFECOM ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS:
Bolts near edges

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, recently commenced a series of articles answering common questions with the objective of making them available to the wider climbing community. This month’s question is: What are your recommendations when it comes to bolts near edges? I have seen many expansion bolts like 5cm next to the top of...

FIRST YOUTH EVENT FOR 2021 CONFIRMED

The UIAA Youth Commission has confirmed details of its first official event in 2021. The annual Ice Climbing Camp in Guillestre, Hautes Alpes (France) will be held from 14-20 February. The full programme and application details can be found here. For more about the UIAA Youth Commission please click here.   Photo: Lena Drapella...

UIAA UPDATES STANDARD 123: ROCK ANCHORS

Article update in May 2021 (see below) CORROSION AND STRESS CORROSION CRACKING FAILURE OF CLIMBING ANCHORS The subject of corrosion and stress corrosion cracking failure has been a work in progress for the past ten years within the UIAA Safety Commission. The Commission is delighted to confirm the results of this extensive project and has updated its Standard UIAA 123 Rock Anchors.  This major update is based on scientific research performed by laboratories in Brest (France) and Prague...

UIAA ICE CLIMBING SEASON OPENS IN SLOVAKIA

The first event in the 2020-2021 UIAA Ice Climbing season, partnered by Outdoor Research, was held on 5 December. Twenty-three athletes contested a European Cup in Žilina, Slovakia. The event was organised in conjunction with UIAA member association, Slovak Mountaineering Union (James) – Slovensky Horolezecky Spolok (James). Švingál and Kosek take gold medals A total of 16 men and seven women took part in the event. The participation was international, competitors from Slovakia competed against athletes from the...