UIAA SAFETY COMMISSION REPORTS ON PROGRESS OF WIDE-RANGING WORKING GROUPS

Following an internal Commission session in May, the UIAA Safety Commission (SafeCom) held its traditional two-day annual meeting on 8-9 June. The online (plenary) sessions welcomed nearly 50 participants including many industry leaders – representatives from major climbing gear and equipment manufacturers (UIAA Safety Label holders) and accredited UIAA testing laboratories as well as delegates from the UIAA Executive Board, the International Slackline Association (ISA) and the International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR). Events were well...

2020 UIAA GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO BE HELD ONLINE

On Friday 5 June, the UIAA Management Committee (MC) held its second online meeting in the space of five weeks. Its most significant outcome was the decision to host this year’s UIAA General Assembly online. Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the GA, originally scheduled to take place on 24 October in Antalya, Turkey (and organised by the Turkish Mountaineering Federation), will now be held virtually. Voting procedures will also be conducted online. “For the first time in...

IMPACT OF COVID-19, PARTNERSHPS AND GLOBAL GUIDELINES LEAD AGENDA OF LATEST MPC MEET

The UIAA Mountain Protection Commission (MPC) hosted its annual meeting on Friday 29 May. As has become the norm during Covid-19, the meeting took place online. Nine members of the MPC from as many countries and five continents participated supported by UIAA Executive Board members Lode Beckers (also a Commission member) and Hélène Denis as well as Office support Carol Kahoun. Dr Carolina Adler (New Zealand, NZAC), newly re-elected Commission President, led the meeting. The Mountain...

FRANCE: REOPENING OF MOUNTAIN HUTS

The following update (in French) published on 2 June comes from UIAA member association, FFCAM - Fédération française des clubs alpins et de montagne (FFCAM). It details the decision by French authorities to allow mountain huts to reopen. FFCAM's own huts will open gradually with prior reservation mandatory. A translated extract from the communication reads: A gradual reopening FFCAM will gradually reopen its huts with capacities initially reduced compared to their usual numbers. Capacities will then gradually...

EASING OF COVID-19 MEASURES. FURTHER UPDATES FROM UIAA MEMBERS

On 28 May, the UIAA created an online form for members to provide updates regarding the Covid-19 situation in their countries and regions. The tool also offered the opportunity for members to address specific topics and concerns. Members from 37 countries have already contributed to the UIAA Covid-19 portal with updates during the past three months. The below is a summary of recent updates provided by ten UIAA member associations. Specific points raised by members for...

SUPPORTING MEMBERS IN ISSUES OF ACCESS

The months of May and June are traditionally busy with UIAA Commission meetings. Despite the restrictions placed on travel during Covid-19, the UIAA has been able to host a number of important online meetings throughout the past six weeks. In fact many Commissions and groups have met more frequently and with more members present. Proof that the dedication of the volunteers working within UIAA Commissions is as strong as ever. On the weekend of 30-31 May,...

IRAN: RESOURCES FOR CLIMBERS

The following assets (in Persian) have been supplied by Mohammad Havaledar, Vice-President International Affairs, IMSCF (Iran Mountaineering Sports Climbing Federation). They offer brief guidelines for the climbing community before resuming activity. Organizing Educational Classes  Climbing Gyms Mountain Huts Mountaineering Clubs Eco-Camps (English) ...

UPDATE: USEFUL COVID-19 RESOURCES FROM THE UIAA

The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – remains committed to providing its members and the wider climbing community with the latest information and guidance regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the past few weeks the following updates have been made: The dedicated Covid-19 Crisis Consultation (CCC) Taskforce held its second online meeting on 14 May. A report can be found here. The Taskforce focused closely on the impact of relaxation measures in different countries. An...

COVID-19: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MOUNTAIN SPORTS ENDORSED BY THE UIAA

The following guidelines concerning recommendations for mountain sports during Covid-19 are adapted from those originally produced by the German Alpine Club (DAV) on 5 May. The guidance falls closely in line with that of the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC), and indeed other UIAA member associations, released at a similar time. The UIAA has adapted some of the advice to provide general international guidelines. The advice detailed in this article has been endorsed by the UIAA Medical...

JAPAN: END TO EMERGENCY DECLARATION

The following update has been provided by Hitoshi Onodera, Japan Mountaineering and Sports Association, and member of the UIAA Access Working Group. The statement – translated by Onodera into English - comes from four mountaineering associations - Japan Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Association, Japan Workers’ Alpine Federation, Japanese Alpine Club and the Japan Mountain Guides Association. On 25 May, the Japanese government announced the complete cancellation of the emergency declaration due to the spread of the...