Plastics on the Peak Report released

The 2021 Global Mountain Waste Survey was created with the objective to try to fill a knowledge gap of the types and quantity of waste present in remote mountain areas globally. The UIAA and the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission contributed to this study and in the compilation and dissemination of the survey among UIAA members, to collect the data that was eventually analysed and reported below. The following communication is courtesy of GRID-Arendal, a Centre collaborating...

Profiling the Mountaineering Federation of North Macedonia

At the end of April, the Mountaineering Federation of North Macedonia (FPSM) will host the UIAA spring meetings. This includes the UIAA Management Committee meeting, several Commission meetings as well as the General Assemblies of both EUMA (European Mountaineering Associations) and BMU (Balkan Mountaineering Union). For the UIAA it will be the first major in-person gathering since the General Assembly in 2019. Counting nearly 300 full members, the FPSM is one of the most active federations...

UIAA STATEMENT ON CLIMBING RESTRICTIONS AND THE ONGOING SITUATION IN UKRAINE

31 March - On 3 March and taking into account the latest recommendations from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the UIAA - International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation - Executive Board (EB) agreed to suspend all UIAA officials from Russia. Delegates from the Russian Mountaineering Federation (RMF) and Russian officials and athletes are excluded from all UIAA-sanctioned activities and events. With regard to specific questions about the Everest climbing season, the general granting of permits for expeditions and organised mountain...

BMC supports Ukrainians impacted by the humanitarian crisis

UIAA full member, the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), has published information on how its members can register as hosts to those from the Ukrainian climbing community. The UIAA will also share details provided by other member associations running similar initiatives. Published by BMC on 18 March: On 18 March UK Government launched its ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme. Individual sponsors are asked to provide homes or a spare room rent-free for as long as they are able, with a...

UIAA ANTI-DOPING COMMISSION REPORTS ON PROGRESS

On the occasion of the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia from 18-20 March, the UIAA Anti-Doping Commission held its annual meeting. All three Commission members, President Marija Andjelkovic, former President Nenad Dikic and Borja Osés García were in attendance. During the meeting the Commission discussed: The current issues impacting in and out of competition testing Past doping cases and the resolution of all open questions The Commission’s programme of events for 2022 Continued compliance...

REMINDER: UIAA MEMBERS ACCESS TO MOUNTAIN HUTS

As Covid-19 restrictions in many parts of the world are relaxed, and travel between different countries becomes easier, an increasing number of mountain-based facilities and services are fully operational. These includes mountain huts, many of which were closed for most of the past two years or running a reduced services. LOCATION OF THE HUTS Members of UIAA member associations (see directory here) are entitled to use approximately 1,200 mountain huts offering accommodation for up to 70,000 people...

Registration open for 2022 Youth Climbing Camp in Ariege

Registration is open for this year’s UIAA Global Youth event in Ariege, France. The annual camp will take place from 6-11 July and is open to people from 16-25 years old. The event is organised by the UIAA Youth Commission and the Toulouse branch of FFCAM. The event forms part of the UIAA's Global Youth Summit events. The main goal of the camp is for youngsters to practice and develop many forms of climbing, cliffs with...

UIAA SAFECOM ENDORSES CLIMBER SAFETY VIDEOS

Through its regular Q&A series answering climber questions, its certified equipment and recall databases and array of climber safety articles, the UIAA Safety Commission is committed to providing climbers with accurate and timely content to help make informed decisions. One of the priorities for SafeCom is to make more video content available. In the past, SafeCom has endorsed safety videos produced by the German Alpine Club (DAV) and British Mountaineering Council (BMC). Over recent years, the Austrian...

UIAA STATEMENT ON THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE

3 March – Following the statement it released on 25 February, the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – has continued to closely monitor the situation in Ukraine. Support for Ukrainian Mountaineering and Climbing Federation UIAA President Peter Muir has been in contact with Anna Yasynska, President of the Ukrainian Mountaineering and Climbing Federation, to offer the UIAA’s full support and to share the UIAA’s deep concern and sympathy. Suspension of officials from Russian Mountaineering Federation On 3...

REGISTER FOR 2022 UIAA MOUNTAIN PROTECTION AWARD

The application process for the ninth edition of the UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA) is now open. The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – is particularly excited about this year’s Award which coincides with the United Nations designating 2022 as the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development. Throughout the year, governments, international organisations and stakeholders are invited to raise awareness of the importance of conservation and sustainable use of mountain ecosystems. The Mountain Protection Award,...