GOOD ROCK CLIMBING PRACTICE DURING PANDEMIC

On 22 April, UIAA Access Commission member Miłosz Jodłowski wrote the following article for the Polish Mountaineering Association, a founder member of the UIAA. The communication focused on staying safe as and when restrictions are relaxed. The below is a Google translation of the original in Polish. Significant easing of restrictions associated with the coronavirus epidemic meant that many climbers training at home so far began planning trips to the rocks. However, remember that not all...

SOUTH AFRICA: MATERIAL FOR CLIMBERS

The following update comes courtesy of Greg Moseley, President of the Mountain Club of South Africa and UIAA Management Committee member. Moseley used the federation’s April newsletter, to offer the following words and tips on enduring lockdown: May you live in interesting times – well, we are certainly doing that! Albeit not in a way that we would choose! Obviously, the Covid-19 pandemic is having a serious impact on our chosen way of life in the...

UIAA RESTATED PRIORITIES FOR 2020 AND BEYOND

The following article is a minor update the original communication first published on 20 February. Following up on meetings dating back to the 2019 Annual General Assembly in Cyprus and involving the UIAA General Assembly and Management Committee, assiduous work was done by the Executive Board on collectively realigning and reformulating the UIAA’s vision, objectives and role. Taking elements from the expertise which went into the preparation of the 2019 UIAA Strategic Plan (produced by a dedicated...

SLOVENIA: APPEAL TO CLIMBING COMMUNITY

The Alpine of Association of Slovenia is another member federation to have introduced a dedicated portal for Covid-19 news. It can be found here. The federation also published the following statement: The Alpine Federation of Slovenia urges all mountain lovers to give up mountain activities in the current situation and not to put themselves at unnecessary risk and to put additional stress on mountain rescuers and medical personnel. Mountain huts, nature climbing areas and some mountain trails throughout...

JAPAN: FEDERATION UPDATES

The following statement was published by the Japan Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Association (JMSCA) on 8 April. The JMSCA confirmed that as of 7 April all employees would work from home following guidelines from competent authorities. The only exception were personnel engaged in accountancy. The original article in Japanese can be found here. An additional update was provided on 20 April: ▪ Japan’s big four mountain associations namely; the Japan Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Association, Japan Workers’ Alpine Federation,...

THE CORONAVIRUS AND THE NKBV

From the Netherlands, UIAA full member Royal Dutch Mountaineering and Climbing Club (NKBV) has put together a dedicated page regarding the impact of coronavirus on its activities and those of its members. The resource - in Dutch - is updated regularly and includes information related to: Member services Insurances Mountain trips Indoor climbing Competitions and gatherings ...

NEW ZEALAND: Moving to Alert Level 3

The following communication was published by the New Zealand Alpine Club on 20 April. It is an update from the federation's previous communication of 30 March. The New Zealand government has announced today that the Covid-19 Alert Level will move down to Level 3 from 28 April. In conjunction with that announcement, a reduction in restrictions around recreation during Level 3 have been flagged. Whilst this is positive news for the outdoor community generally, it has...

FRANCE: LIMIT YOUR ACTIVITIES

The following message comes from Nicolas Raynaud, President of FFCAM - Fédération française des clubs alpins et de montagne (FFCAM) - a UIAA founding member. It was addressed to FFCAM membership via the federation's website. In order to help healthcare professionals and allow the various hospital services (emergency, resuscitation, etc.) to be fully available to treat people with COVID-19, the FFCAM asks all its licensees and more broadly to all practitioners strongly limit their activities in...

UPDATES FROM BRAZIL

The following article is an update from the previous communication (see below) shared by CBME - Brazilian Mountain Hiking and Climbing Confederation (CBME) – the UIAA’s full member in Brazil. 8 April Update (translated from original article in Portuguese) The Brazilian Mountaineering and Climbing Confederation (CBME) published a note on 24/03/2020 on the practice of mountaineering in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and we have updated the guidelines here. CBME emphasizes the need for everyone to follow the preventive measures stipulated by...

HUNGARY: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CLIMBING COMMUNITY

On 18 April, the Hungarian Mountaineering & Sport Climbing Federation (Mhssz) dedicated its website home page to the Covid-19 situation. The below is a translation from the original article in Hungarian. Coronavirus - an updated recommendation for the Hungarian climbing community The purpose of this recommendation is to comply with and take into account local and national regulations when rock climbing. Do your best to avoid coronavirus infection, and pay close attention to accident-free sports activities. Due to the coronavirus...