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...

DOUG SCOTT 1941-2020

The UIAA - International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation - is saddened to hear about the death of legendary British mountaineer Doug Scott. Doug Scott passed away in the early hours of Monday 7 December at the age of 79. Confirming the news, the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), for whom Scott was a patron, paid tribute on its website. Scott was awarded honorary membership of the UIAA during the federation's 2020 General Assembly in October. Doug Scott’s illustrious climbing career...

UIAA COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR COMPETITION EVENTS

The UIAA Ice Climbing Commission has published Annex 2 to its 2020-2021 UIAA Ice Climbing Competition Regulations. These are its Covid-19 specific guidelines. UIAA Sports Event Coordinator Rob Adie advises officials and athletes that this document will be subject to change. "Things are evolving quickly with Covid-19 and the regulations and requirements can be different depending on the country in question. This will be a working document and may need to be altered slightly depending on...

SafeCom: Fixed anchors needed for testing

The UIAA Safety Commission (SafeCom) is seeking top anchors for evaluation and testing. Background Welding is a critical process in the manufacture of climbing top anchors. In the best of circumstances welding is a difficult to control process; manual welding of stainless steels is particularly challenging and post-welding heat treatment is expensive and not standard practice among climbing manufacturers. The composition of the welding wire, the weld penetration and cleanliness, and the final weld microstructure are important...

INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY: Protecting Arctic Flora and Upland Raptors

This article forms part of a series created by the UIAA - International Mountaineering & Climbing Federation - for International Mountain Day, 11 December. An overview article about the UIAA & IMD can be found here. For IMD, project leaders from UIAA Mountain Protection Award showcased projects have provided information on the progress of their projects, the importance of biodiversity - the theme of this year's IMD - and the impact of Covid-19. Protecting Arctic Flora and Upland...

INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY: Study and Monitoring of Chachacomani Glacier

This article forms part of a series created by the UIAA - International Mountaineering & Climbing Federation - for International Mountain Day, 11 December. An overview article about the UIAA & IMD can be found here. For IMD, project leaders from UIAA Mountain Protection Award showcased projects have provided information on the progress of their projects, the importance of biodiversity - the theme of this year's IMD - and the impact of Covid-19. Study and Monitoring of Chachacomani...

INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY: SWAT PROJECT

This article forms part of a series created by the UIAA - International Mountaineering & Climbing Federation - for International Mountain Day, 11 December. An overview article about the UIAA & IMD can be found here. For IMD, project leaders from UIAA Mountain Protection Award showcased projects have provided information on the progress of their projects, the importance of biodiversity - the theme of this year's IMD - and the impact of Covid-19. SWAT Project Organisation: Mountain Wilderness International...

INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY:
SAVE THE BARUN

This article forms part of a series created by the UIAA - International Mountaineering & Climbing Federation - for International Mountain Day, 11 December. An overview article about the UIAA & IMD can be found here. For IMD, project leaders from UIAA Mountain Protection Award showcased projects have provided information on the progress of their projects, the importance of biodiversity - the theme of this year's IMD - and the impact of Covid-19. Save The Barun Organisation: Barun Biomeridian...