LATIN AMERICA RESCUE PROTOCOL DURING COVID-19

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, mountain and rescue specialists from all over Latin America have met to develop a protocol for emergency action in mountain areas. The UIAA has been represented in several of these meetings by its Management Committee/South America Continental Representative Martin Lascano (FASA, Argentina). Kika Bradford, President of the Confederação Brasileira de Montanhismo d Escalada (CBME), UIAA full member in Brazil, also contributed to the guidance. The document - produced under the umbrella of...

A YEAR ON: ALPINELEARNING PROJECT WEEKS

At the 2019 UIAA General Assembly in Cyprus, the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC)’s AlpineLearning Project Weeks was awarded the annual UIAA Mountain Protection Award. The youth-focused project, founded in 2014, was created to provide school classes with the unique opportunity to enable children to experience the high mountain landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Jungfrau-Aletsch, Switzerland, and in the process, better understand the principle of sustainable development of the Alpine region. As part of the UIAA’s...

MOUNTAIN NETWORK SERIES – SUBMIT YOUR WEBINARS TO THE UIAA CALENDAR

Online meetings have been an increasing facet of our working lives over the past few months. The UIAA itself has held a significant number of meetings originally intended as ‘in person’ get togethers electronically. This has included Executive Board, Management Committee, Commission and Commission Presidents meetings as well as the decision to host October’s General Assembly virtually. Another type of online meeting which is proving increasing successful as a concept for international federations are talks and...

UIAA VOLUNTEER SERIES: LIONEL KIENER

By day, Lionel Kiener is a micro-mechanical engineer for Neuchâtel-based research company CSEM. In his spare time he is a keen climber and one of the many volunteers who gives up their precious time to support the UIAA. Kiener has been volunteering with the UIAA for well over a decade. Despite a busy work schedule, he manages to contribute around 100 hours per year to the organisation in his role with the Safety Commission (SafeCom). He...

MEMBERS INVITED TO SHARE BEST PRACTICES

UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt has shared the following message with UIAA member associations ahead of this year's General Assembly. -- The reason for contacting you is my wish to highlight your association’s work at the upcoming UIAA General Assembly (GA) on 23-24 October 2020. Through our digital magazine, communication channels and during the online sessions of this year’s GA, we would like to shine the spotlight our valued member associations. We are aware of the tremendous effort and...

LATEST CCC MEETING: CAUTION ADVISED

The International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) Covid-19 Crisis Consultation (CCC) Taskforce held its fourth online meeting on 6 August. In addition to the meeting minutes below, the UIAA also published the following statement related to Covid-19. During the meeting the following topics were discussed: UIAA Covid-19 Communication As the pandemic evolves, the UIAA is focusing more on providing guidance related to general topics (travel, global climbing restrictions and trends, huts) rather than updates about the specific status...

UIAA STATEMENT ON COVID-19 – CALL FOR CAUTION AND OPTIMISM

On 4 August, the UIAA Covid-19 Crisis Consultation (CCC) Taskforce held its fourth online meeting. The meeting notes are available here, while all UIAA activity related to Covid-19 can be consulted through the dedicated Portal. Following the 4 August meeting and in analysing valuable feedback from CCC Taskforce members worldwide as well as competent international health organisations, the UIAA believes exercising caution remains a priority in containing the spread of the virus. The pandemic is clearly...

PRINT VERSIONS OF UIAA ANNUAL REPORT AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS

Following the publication of the digital version of the 2019 UIAA Annual Report in May 2020, a print version has now been prepared for distribution to UIAA member associations as well as Management Committee delegates and Commission Presidents. The print version is being made available to supplement delegate preparations for this year’s UIAA General Assembly which, for the first time, will be held online. The GA is scheduled for 24 October. Copies will be sent out during...

UIAA SAFECOM ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS.
SUNCREAM AND CLIMBING GEAR

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 commenced a series of articles answering common questions with the objective of making them available to the wider climbing community. This first topic is: A number of climbers put on sunscreen when at the crag, climbing or belaying. Is this a good idea and does it damage equipment? UIAA...

AMERICAN ALPINE CLUB TRIBUTE TO PHIL POWERS

The American Alpine Club (AAC) has paid tribute to its outgoing CEO Phil Powers. Since his appointment in 2005, Powers has inspired significant change and progress at the AAC - overseeing a constant rise in membership, providing leadership on sustainability topics, lobbying for climbing at a political level, introducing measures to ensure a greater commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as development of the AAC's schemes to award grants and donations to climbing causes in...