Statement:
UIAA Ice Climbing World Cups in Russia

25 February - After careful consideration of all factors, the UIAA Executive Board has decided that, in the interest of the safety of all participants and to maintain the integrity of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, the two remaining UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup events scheduled to take place in Russia between now and the end of the 2021-22 season are cancelled. In addition, the UIAA Executive Board makes it clear that it condemns in...

UIAA COMMISSIONS SET SCENE FOR 2022

The UIAA Management Committee (MC) and Commission Presidents met for the first time in 2022 on Saturday 12 February with the primary focus of discussions being the delivery of projects for the coming twelve months. In addition to updates from UIAA Commissions, one of the most significant developments was confirmation that the UIAA is to create a Climate Change Taskforce. Climate Change Taskforce The subject was introduced by UIAA President Peter Muir: “Thanks to the initiative and expressed interest...

UIAA MEDICAL COMMISSION REMEMBERS JIM MILLEDGE

The UIAA Medical Commission (MedCom) has paid tribute to its former member and longstanding associate Jim Milledge who passed away on 9 February aged 91. "Jim was a great pioneer in the field of high altitude medicine, and a role model for many climbers, high altitude physicians, researchers and friends. We will remember Jim fondly as a person with vision and a great thirst for knowledge," said current MedCom President Urs Hefti. As a tribute to Jim...

BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL CALLS FOR CLIMBING MOVIES

UIAA member associations are informed that applications are open to submit films for the sixth edition of MFM – Mostra Filmes de Montanha, an international exhibition of mountain films, whose objective is to promote mountain culture, mountain sports and free access. Application for the 2022 edition closes on 20 March. Entries can be submitted here. The festival, a free event, is supported by the UIAA member association in Brazil, CBME – the Brazilian Mountain Hiking and...

PIRANA DESCENDER RECALL

UIAA Safety Label Holder Petzl has communicated an immediate recall of PIRANA descenders (D005AA00 and D005AA01) due to a drowning risk if the rope accidentally gets blocked in the blocking slot. Immediately stop using the descenders affected by this recall. Full details including what to do if you are impacted by this recall A reminder that an archive of all recalls & warnings submitted to the UIAA by UIAA Safety Label Holders can be found here....

Members invited to support improvement of mountain worker welfare

In February 2021, the UIAA launched the Mountain Worker Initiative (MWI), guided by its Mountaineering Commission, to promote ethical trekking and mountaineering practices worldwide with a focus on the lives of mountain workers. The idea to form this initiative is inspired by the agency behind The Porter: The Untold Story at Everest. In March 2021, a dedicated webinar was held to kick-off this new project. Details on the background of the initiative and its mission are...

Fifteen nations ready to kick off the first SkySnow World Champs

The following update comes from UIAA Unit Member, International Skyrunning Federation. SkySnow, the new skyrunning discipline, will launch the first World Championships on February 4-5, 2022, in Andalusia at the Sierra Nevada Ski and Mountain Resort, Granada, Spain. Despite international Covid restrictions, fifteen ISF Member countries across the world have confirmed entry: Andorra, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, USA. Unfortunately, Japan has had to withdraw. SkySnow was introduced at the International Skyrunning Federation 2020 General Assembly and embraces the traditional concept of skyrunning – running...

JOHN NANKERVIS 1946-2022

Through its member association the New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC), the UIAA is saddened to hear about the recent passing of John Nankervis. John Nankervis was closely involved with the UIAA serving as a Management Committee member/Continental Representative from October 2008 to October 2013. One of his many significant contributions was working with the late Doug Scott, UIAA Honorary Member, and others on an update to the UIAA Mountain Ethics Code in 2009. Nankervis, who enjoyed...

ROMANIAN ALPINE CLUB PLAYS ACTIVE ROLE IN ENCOURAGING YOUTH

The following report is courtesy of Cristina Cucu, Romanian Alpine Club representative on the UIAA Youth Commission. Cristina reports on activities organised in Romania in collaboration with the UIAA Youth Commission. Further details on UIAA Youth Commission events and how to get involved will be published shortly. OCTOBER WORKSHOP Workshop organised to initiate people into climbing more difficult routes. The workshop was meant to teach hikers the basics for passing to another level, from a normal hike to...

FINICE SETS SUSTAINABILITY STANDARDS FOR ICE CLIMBING COMPETITIONS

Since first hosting a UIAA Ice Climbing competition in 2018, Finland has become a permanent and popular World Tour venue. From 18-20 February, the city of Oulu will host FINICE, encompassing the UIAA European Championships, UIAA Youth European Championships and Finnish Championships. Further details on how to follow the event will be provided on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour website shortly. Over recent seasons, in close cooperation with the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission and as...