ALPINE HANDBOOKS: NEW LANGUAGES AVAILABLE

As announced at the 2019 UIAA General Assembly, translations of the UIAA Alpine Summer Skills Handbook continue to grow. The guide which covers general knowledge as well as various aspects of alpine hiking, climbing and alpinism, is produced in collaboration with the Petzl Foundation, and has now been commissioned in sixteen different languages. Recent print editions include versions in Czech and Japanese. Climbers interested in copies in these languages are invited to contact the full UIAA member...

EUMA statement on the post-Covid-19 situation

The following statement was published by EUMA, the European Union of Mountaineering Association (a Continental Organisation recognised by the UIAA), on 15 June 2020. EUMA STATEMENT: MOUNTAINEERING POSTCOVID-19 From the EUMA, the European Union of Mountaineering Association, an organisation that includes the mountain and climbing federations and clubs of 25 European countries and representing nearly 3 million members (and many more who are not organized within clubs) who practice mountaineering, hiking, trekking, ski-mountaineering, climbing, etc. on trails...

UIAA VOLUNTEER SERIES: Klara Dvorakova

This new UIAA series focuses on the backgrounds of some of the hundreds of volunteers who dedicate precious time and considerable expertise to the federation each year. Klara Dvorakova, head of the UIAA's Legal Experts Working Group, is the subject of the first profile. Klara Dvorakova wears many hats. She is an attorney. A managing partner of a law firm specialising in travel business law, insurance and professional liability. The Honorary Consul of Iceland, as well...

SUSTAINABLE SUMMITS 2020: RESCHEDULING

The fifth international Sustainable Summits Conference, due to take place later this year, will now be held in 2021. The exact dates are to be confirmed. The Sustainable Summits Conferences are inspired by the growing pressures on our mountain environments, the need to find solutions to the impacts of such pressures – overcrowding, waste, noise and more – and a drive to uphold values in sustaining these environments. The next Sustainable Summits conference is being held in...

How to extricate yourself from a crevasse

If the fallen climber isn’t injured and knows how to ascend a rope, crevasse self-rescue will be his/her quickest escape. Precautions Plan for self-rescue before a fall: “If I fall, brace yourselves as much as possible, install an anchor and keep the rope tight. I will climb back out.” Make sure the climbers up on the surface have braced themselves properly. Wait until they’ve installed an anchor before you ascend the rope. Required equipment Two ascending devices. It’s much easier...

THE GLOBAL CLIMBING SITUATION: WHERE CAN I CLIMB?

Throughout the past three and a half months, the UIAA has provided its members and the wider climbing and mountaineering community with updates concerning the impact and spread of Covid-19. The UIAA Covid-19 portal currently provides over 20 updates from the UIAA related to Commission and projects activities, about the work of its dedicated Covid-19 Crisis Consultation (CCC) Taskforce as well as some 70 updates from members in 40 different countries. Recent support has included general guidance...

COVID-19: A COMPLEX PICTURE FOR THE GLOBAL CLIMBING COMMUNITY

The UIAA Covid-19 Crisis Consultation (CCC) Taskforce held its third online meeting on 18 June. Representatives from nine different countries and three continents participated. Subjects discussed included UIAA advice on climbing post lockdown, climber safety, the concerns of UIAA members and a focus on countries either still in lockdown or where infection rates are on the rise. Overview – Global Situation From a European perspective, the CCC Taskforce notes that there is an increasing feeling of “situation...

An update from South Africa

The following update is courtesy of Greg Moseley, President of the Mountain Club of South Africa and UIAA Management Committee member. We live in difficult times. However, the Mountain Club of South Africa has been attempting to do what is possible under the circumstances. Currently, we are delighted to be able to report that there has been an easing of restrictions under the new Covid-19 Level 3 regulations (South African version) promulgated on 1 June. Some mountain areas,...