UIAA creates Covid-19 Crisis Consultation (CCC) task force

At their April 7, 2020 e-meeting, the members of the UIAA Executive team unanimously decided to create a Covid-19 Crisis Consultation (CCC) task force. Mission Its mission is to provide fast responses to queries and Covid-19-related issues which may arise in the coming months, especially in the expected relaxation phase of the confinement measures. Many of these questions are now still unknown to us. But the UIAA wants to have a structure in place. When approached, the...

CONTENT AND INSPIRATION FOR SLACKLINERS

The International Slackline Association (ISA), a UIAA Observer Member, has been particularly proactive in providing resources to its community during Covid-19. This includes: Online lockdown Series workshops - Sessions are live but previous episodes are made available to view. Slackathome.net - This ISA initiative is collecting resourses for slackliners who are restricted to their rooms and gardens. A dedicated site is available and slackliners can send content to post via info@slacklineinternational.org. ...

UPDATES FROM INTERNATIONAL SKYRUNNING FEDERATION

The following updates come from UIAA Unit Member, the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). It includes details on their new website and information on postponed/cancelled events. EVENT NEWS Youth Skyrunning World Championships postponed 2019 Asian Championships cancelled NEW ISF WEBSITE The following is a message from ISF President Marino Giacometti: In this moment full of uncertainty where sport is forced to halt, we haven't stopped working! We have been doing a complete renewal of the ISF website and we are eager to show it to...

OR SEATTLE FACTORY CONVERTING TO PRODUCE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

The following is a recent update from Outdoor Research, Title Sponsor of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour. The original article can be found here. Outdoor Research is converting its onshore manufacturing facility in Seattle to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the medical community in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This will enable Outdoor Research to produce upwards of 200,000 masks per day. This commitment includes adding additional manufacturing capability within the Seattle plant as well as installing...

Updates from Nepal Mountaineering Association

The following are two Covid-19 related updates from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), the UIAA full member in Nepal. Nepal Mountaineering Association contributes to Covid-19 fund The following article was published in the Himalayan Times on 12 April. Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) handed over a cheque of NRs 500,000 to the government-established (COVID-19) Control and Treatment Relief Fund, today. The cheque was handed over today to the Secretary of Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Mahendra...

From Everest To Coronavirus: Our Differing Attitudes To Risk

The following article was published by Forbes on 8 April. The author Dr Melanie Windridge, is VP of the Alpine Club, a UIAA member association. The coronavirus pandemic has seen a global change in human behaviour on a scale and nature unseen in recent times, perhaps ever. In the space of a few weeks the majority of the world has radically changed how they work, socialise, and think. Yet many look on aghast that not everyone has...

Liechtenstein: Following Government Guidelines

Liechtensteiner Alpenverein, UIAA full member in Liechtenstein communicated the following advisory to its membership. The below is a translation from the original article in German. Measures and recommendations related to the coronavirus Dear Alpine Club members and mountain friends The measures and recommendations relating to the corona virus have also been massively tightened in Liechtenstein. The work and club life of the Alpine Club are enormously affected by current developments. For this reason, we cancelled all activities of the Alpine...

TRAINING IN THE NEW NORMAL

Owing to the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic all onsite courses scheduled by the UIAA Training Panel have been postponed until further notice. In response to the lockdown currently impacting most areas of the world, the UIAA is having to adapt to the new normal and is using the opportunity to make progress on projects which can be managed remotely and from home. To cite an example, the UIAA Training Panel President Steve Long and his...

INDIAN MOUNTAINEERING FOUNDATION IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

The following letter to its members was published by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) on 7 April. The original article can be found here. Dear Respected Members,  As the pandemic of Corona Virus rages on unabated, I take this opportunity to wish you and your  families, good health and well being! These are unprecedented times for our Nation and Countrymen, indeed for the human race  the world over. As we fight this deadly  onslaught on humanity, we have no...

FEDME (SPAIN) MESSAGE TO THE MOUNTAINEERING COMMUNITY

The following communication was provided by UIAA full member, FEDME –Federación Española De Deportes De Montaña Y Escalada, on 7 April. Representing the Spanish Autonomous Federations and clubs, we stand in solidarity with the dramatic situation that our country is experiencing and show our love and absolute support for the families of the victims and the sick people. At the same time, we want to convey our thanks and appreciation for the effort and dedication of...