AAC: THE NEXT PITCH: PRACTICAL BETA ON CLIMBING IN THE COVID ERA

On 1 May, the American Alpine Club (AAC) published some guiding principles for climbing in the Covid era (see below). Climbers across the country have set personal needs aside, cleared the crag out of concern for their community, and taken precautions to help "flatten the curve." Thank you. With the easing of shelter-in-place policies across the country, restrictions on access to crags are beginning to change. Deciding whether it’s appropriate to head back out to your local crag...

COMING OUT OF COVID-19

The UIAA Sport Events Coordinator and British Mountaineering Council President Lynn Robinson contribute to a video discussion organised by Climbmax Climbing on the impact of Covid-19. ...

WADA UPDATES ITS COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR ANTI-DOPING ORGANISATIONS

Montreal, 6 May 2020 – Following on from its COVID-19 guidance of 20 March, today the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued updated guidance for Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) focused on the resumption of athlete testing as deconfinement leads to the restart or return to normal of doping control programs in a number of countries around the world. WADA developed the guidance following consultation with a group of National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) to determine how the anti-doping community can best operate their testing programs...

UIAA AND COVID-19: RESOURCES

The UIAA - International Climbing & Mountaineering Federation - has published a number of resources related to Covid-19. The dedicated UIAA website portal can be found here. Reports from the meetings of the UIAA Covid-19 Crisis Consultation (CCC) task force. 16 April - creation of CCC 28 April - #1 meeting 14 May - #2 meeting 18 June - #3 meeting 4 August - #4 meeting...

UPDATE CONCERNING 2020 UIAA MOUNTAIN PROTECTION PROJECTS

Following consultation between various parties – Mountain Protection Commission (MPC) delegates, the Award Assessment Team, the UIAA Executive Board, UIAA Office and main sponsor Bally – the UIAA MPC has taken the decision to postpone the evaluation and prize designation for the 2020 UIAA Mountain Protection Award to 2021. The application portal – live since 1 March – will remain open for proponents to submit projects and initiatives for the 2020-2021 Award. Assessment will commence in...

ONLINE MEETINGS PAVE WAY FOR UIAA PROGRESS

For the first time in the UIAA’s near 90-year history, and owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, its biannual Management Committee meeting was held online. The virtual format proved to be a success. All discussion topics and voting were successfully negotiated and all MC members, delegates from each and every continent, were able to join. The MC, held on Friday 1 May, was followed by a meeting of the UIAA Commission Presidents on Saturday 2 May. MANAGEMENT...

ELECTION OF NEW UIAA PRESIDENT

In October 2020, the second term of UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt will end. After eight years, the current President will leave office according to the UIAA Articles of Association (AoA) that permit a maximum of two terms of four years. The election of a new UIAA President will take place on 24 October 2020, inline with the UIAA Articles of Association (AoA). The electing body is the UIAA General Assembly. According to the UIAA AoA, member federations are...

NEPAL: LETTER FROM NMA PRESIDENT

The following communication was sent to the UIAA Office by Nepal Mountaineering Association President Santa Bir Lama on 28 April. It follows a previous communication from the NMA concerning Covid-19. Dear President, Please kindly accept warm greetings from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).  COVID 19, which emerged from China at the end of 2019 and now has become one of the strongest reasons for the human loss in China, Europe, USA and other Asian countries. With the aim to...

SOLIDARITY FROM THE KOREAN ALPINE FEDERATION

The following updates have been provided by the Korean Alpine Federation (KAF), courtesy of UIAA Management Committee member and Continental Representative for Asia, Christine Pae. Dr Injung Lee, former President of KAF, and UIAA honorary member has also written a personal message. A Personal Message from UIAA Honorary Member, Dr Injung Lee Greetings from Korea. Covid-19, which emerged from China at the end of 2019 has now become one of the strongest causes of human loss worldwide including in...

TEN OF THE BEST UIAA ICE CLIMBING VIDEOS

To provide a much needed ice climbing fix during lockdown, the UIAA has selected ten of the most compelling clips, features and highlights packages from past World Cups and World Championships. UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD CUP DENVER, UNITED STATES Lead Finals, 2019 A record-breaking crowd (over 25,000 fans across the weekend) attended the finale to the 2018-2019 season held in downtown Denver. The lead finals, played out in front of an electric atmosphere, saw Swiss sensation Yannick Glatthard take...