AAC: MESSAGE FROM CEO PHIL POWERS

The following communication, a message from American Alpine Club CEO Phil Powers, was published on 30 April. A MESSAGE FROM AAC CEO PHIL POWERS To the American Alpine Club Community, Our world has been radically impacted by COVID-19. And, this week, it hit home for us in Golden. Yesterday, we placed nearly a quarter of our valued employees on furlough. The senior leadership team and I were brought to this decision after thorough and thoughtful forecasting and budget cuts. With...

New Brunswick Opens Rock Climbing with Covid Rules

The following article was published in Gripped on 27 April. It concerns the Province of New Brunswick, Canada. Social distancing and staying safe while crag climbing during a pandemic On April 24, 2020, the Province of New Brunswick introduced a four-phase recovery plan to COVID-19. In doing so, the Province has relaxed some of the restrictions in place. This is good news because we have received word from Range Control that CFB Gagetown land has been reopened to...

FIRST MEETING OF UIAA CCC TASK FORCE

At its 7 April online meeting, members of the UIAA Executive Board team unanimously decided to create a Covid-19 Crisis Consultation (CCC) task force - a lean, crisis-related structure, serving the interests of UIAA members wherever and whenever applicable. The CCC held its first meeting, again online, on 22 April. The meeting counted members of the UIAA EB, Management Committee, Office and individual Commissions. The CCC’s mission is to provide fast responses to queries and Covid-19-related...

Opinion position on Preacclimatisation for Expeditions to Extreme Altitude

Published by High Altitude Medicine & Biology on 17 April 2020, members of the UIAA Medical Commission have written an opinion position titled ‘Preacclimatisation for expeditions to extreme altitude’. The article was compiled during the Commission’s most recent meeting, held in Bolzano, Italy, November 2019. The paper tackles the subjects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) prevention and intermittent normobaric hypoxia preacclimatisation. The full article, made freely available online courtesy of High Altitude Medicine & Biology, can...

CROATIA: IMPACT ON ORGANISATION

The following communication, a translation from the original in Croatian, was published by the Croatian Mountaineering Association (HPS) on 27 April. We inform all HPS members that the Office of the Croatian Mountaineering Association will continue to work every day from 9am to 3pm. During this time, information on hiking and mountains can be obtained and hiking literature, diaries, maps and articles can be ordered. In order to avoid close physical contacts, the HPS Office does not...

QUEBEC: COLLABORATION WITH AUTHORITIES

The following update is courtesy of longstanding UIAA associate member Fédération Québécoise de la Montagne et de l’Escalade (FQME) and was originally published in French on 23 April. The below is a translation. The link also provides updates to previous releases. While the situation of COVID-19 continues to disrupt everyone's daily life, the FQME wants to inform you of new developments and to make sure that its entire team is doing everything in its power to...

GET ACTIVE INDOORS

The following resource aimed at keeping people active indoors has been created by Ordnance Survey in the UK. Over 50 national organisations in the outdoor recreation industry have come together to keep you connected with the outdoors and engaged with our natural environments whilst we all continue to self-isolate to help protect our communities. As a collective, we hope to educate, entertain, inspire the nation, sharing in your challenges and achievements to help keep everyone both...

A TRIBUTE TO JOE BROWN

British climbing mourned the passing of one of its greatest sons recently, with the sad death of the legendary Joe Brown on 15 April at the age of 89. Affectionately known as the ‘Human Fly’, Brown was born in Ardwick, Manchester in 1930, the youngest of seven children. He subsequently went on to become one of the leading figures in British climbing throughout the 1950s and 60s, notably through his partnership with Don Whillans. Brown’s father,...