SAFECOM TO LAUNCH NEW MISUSE RESOURCE

The UIAA Safety Commission held an internal meeting meeting on 19 May, to discuss working group updates and plan for its first virtual Plenary meeting. Conducted online, the internal meeting will be followed by the annual plenary meeting held together with climbing equipment manufacturers (UIAA Safety Label Holders) and representatives from accredited laboratories, 8 and 9 June. In addition to Commission members, guests included UIAA Legal Experts Working Group Chair Klara Dvorakova and International Slackline Association (ISA) delegate Oliver Ross. UIAA General Secretary...

NZAC Response to COVID-19

The following update was published by the New Zealand Alpine Club on 15 May. -- The Government’s announcement that we moved to Level 2 on Thursday, 14 May, and the easing of the earlier, planned travel restrictions, means that we are now able to return to the mountains and crags we love so much – provided we follow the Play It Safe directions we have been given. However, the impact of COVID-19 on the New Zealand Alpine Club’s financial position...

EU guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe’s tourism in 2020 and beyond

The following update comes from the European Commission as was published on 13 May. The PDF version can be downloaded here. -- On 13 May, the Commission presents a package of guidelines and recommendations to help Member States gradually lift travel restrictions and allow tourism businesses to reopen, after months of lockdown, while respecting necessary health precautions. The Commission's guidance aims to offer people the chance to get some well-needed rest, relaxation and fresh air. As soon as...

2019 UIAA ANNUAL REPORT NOW AVAILABLE

The UIAA - International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation - has published its 2019 Annual Report. The digital report provides easier access to key resources - such as UIAA news articles, video content and multimedia assets. Contents include: President's Annual Message A Review of 2019 UIAA General Assembly 2019 UIAA Strategy Process UIAA Financial Report Details on UIAA member associations UIAA Office, Communication & Sponsorship reports Reports from every UIAA Commission (Access, Anti-Doping, Ice Climbing, MedCom, Mountaineering + Training, Mountain Protection, Safety, Youth) as well...

EASING OF MEASURES: SECOND MEETING OF COVID-19 TASKFORCE

The UIAA Covid-19 Crisis Consultation Taskforce held its second online meeting on 14 May. Representatives from the UIAA Executive Board, Management Committee, Commissions and Office participated. The meeting opened with a tour de table of short reports from some of the participants regarding their respective countries. Belgium: Step by step approach, climbing gyms and 40 – 50 climbing areas still closed, reservation system for outdoor rock climbing areas in operation as of 28 May. You can...

Covid and the outdoors: BMC guidance

On 18 May, UIAA full member, the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) published the following guidance regarding Covid-19 and the outdoors. There's been a lot of speculation lately about how the virus is transmitted, especially when it comes to the outdoors. Sarah Stirling talks to Professor Ian Hall of Nottingham University to find out all the answers: Is 2m far enough? Is it a good idea to wear a buff in the outdoors? How long does the...

MOUNTAIN SPORT ADVICE FOR PORTUGAL

The following updates has been provided by João Paulo Queirós, Corresponding Member of the UIAA Access Commission, regarding the activities of FCMP, Federacao De Campismo E Montanhismo De Portgual - Upd, UIAA Associate Member. The FCMP advice has been produced by the federation's dedicated Working Group on Safety and Risk (Grupo de Trabalho de Segurança e Risco da FCMP). UPDATE: 18-31 May, 2020 Queirós has kindly provided a translation of the federation’s recommendations for mountain sports covering the...

ROMANIA: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MOUNTAIN ACTIVITIES

The Romanian Alpine Club has published its recommendations for carrying out mountain activities in the context of COVID 19. The below is a translation from the original article in Romanian. Given that it is possible that the relaxation, from May 15, of the isolation measures implemented during the COVID-19 epidemic will produce a major influx of  users to the mountain trails in Romania, the Romanian Alpine Club has produced a a set of recommendations. We started to build...

CLIMBING HIGHER THANKS TO VERTICAL-LIFE

This season’s UIAA World Ice Climbing Tour continued to feature some star-studded performances from many of the world’s leading climbers. However, there was also a notable development away from the ice, with the introduction of Vertical-Life’s (VL) results system helping to shape and improve coverage and live data from the competition. Based in Brixen, in the Italian province of South Tyrol, VL envisions and develops innovative software solutions for the climbing industry. Since its foundation in 2013,...

NORWAY: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CLIMBING ACTIVITY

The following information is courtesy of UIAA Associate Member, Norges Klatreforbund – The Norwegian Climbing Federation. They have set up a dedicated Covid-19 portal which includes: New Recommendations for Climbing Activity (May 14): https://klatring.no/file/727 New infection prevention counselor for Norwegian Sports (launched May 11): https://www.idrettsforbundet.no/nyheter/2020/ny-smittevernveileder-i-norsk-idrett-opner-for-contact-between-the- least-and- ball-is-acquitted / Common sports recommendations from NIF (updated May 7): https://www.idrettsforbundet.no/nyheter/2020/NIFs-anbefaling-til-utovelse-av-sportretactitet/ The Norwegian Sports Federation's general information about corona: https://www.idrettsforbundet.no/tema/koronavirus/ Here you will find FAQs, specifically aimed at clubs and athletes: https://www.idrettsforbundet.no/nyheter/2020/viktig-information-forrorende-koronavirus/ The information is in Norwegian. Google offers an English...