UIAA STATEMENT ON THE CONSERVATION OF TRANSNATIONAL MOUNTAIN AREAS

Mountain ranges are often the natural borders between countries. The demarcation of borders in such remote and difficult geography can be contentious. This has led on occasion to diplomatic disputes with these border issues often dating back to colonial times. The United Nations Security Council recently issued a call for countries to "redouble their efforts for peace" during this period of combating the coronavirus pandemic that has already claimed more than half a million lives. In...

VISITING MOUNTAIN HUTS IN FRANCE, ITALY AND SWITZERLAND

As a growing number of people are looking to spend time in the Alps over the coming weeks, the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – is providing an overview of visiting huts in France, Italy and Switzerland. France Since 2 June, mountain huts have gradually starting reopening and in accordance with the general health protocol set out for each building which takes into account its specific structure. The UIAA full member association in France, Fédération française...

COVID-19: UPDATE FROM NORTH MACEDONIA

The following update is courtesy of Goran Nikoloski, Mountaineering Federation of North Macedonia. North Macedonia’s border crossings have been open since 26 June. The Government of North Macedonia announced that effective of 9 July, all citizens of Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro arriving from those countries will be required to submit a negative PCR test completed no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at the border or port of entry. The measure is...

COVID-19: UPDATE FROM ROMANIA

The following update comes courtesy of Alex Paun, President of the Romanian Alpine Club (CAR). All meetings have taken place online. Post lockdown, there was a month of individual activities with groups capped at three and respecting social distance guidelines. CAR can now organise outdoor events with up to 20 participants. Climbing gyms have started to provide services and have reopened. For its outdoor activities, the federation came with some recommendations regarding climbing, hiking in...

COVID 19 UPDATE: SITUATION IN BRAZIL

The following communication was published on 6 July by CBME – Brazilian Mountain Hiking and Climbing Confederation (CBME) – the UIAA’s full member in Brazil. The below is a translation from the original article in Portuguese. It's been two months of social detachment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is natural that after so long there is a certain anxiety about resuming mountaineering activities; there is a longing for forests, mountains, boulders, walls, cliffs.  Unlike other countries that have resumed...

COVID-19 UPDATE: MOUNTAINEERING IRELAND

The following update was provided by Jane Carney, Training Officer for Mountaineering Ireland (MI). MI has produced regular advice for the country's hillwalkers and climbers during Covid-19. Guidance has been provided throughout different stages. Like many other federations, MI has cancelled or postponed a number of events. Meetings have taken place online with staff working remotely. Contingency planning for their return, to follow government guidance. Main impacts: Reduction or removal of travel time & cost...

MONT BLANC: WHEN AND WHY DO ROCKS FALL IN THE COULOIR DU GOÛTER?

A new study carried out by the EDYTEM - ISTerre laboratories, supported by the Petzl Foundation, has been conducted to better understand how rockfalls occur in the Goûter couloir, on the normal route up Mont Blanc. The study provides valuable information for mountaineers. In particular the study analyses: Which periods are the most dangerous for mountaineers? What is the ideal time of day to cross the couloir and climb the Goûter ridge? As indicated in the short film to promote the latest research:...

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...