PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM NEW ZEALAND ALPINE CLUB

On 30 March, Lindsay Smith, President of the New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC) wrote the following letter to members. As well as encouraging members to continue observing guidelines from authorities - Since 1891, the New Zealand Alpine Club has been part of our members’ lives as they faced earlier pandemics, world wars, financial crises and now it’s our turn to show what we are made of. As Facebook memes keep reminding us, earlier generations worked hard to face...

Support and solidarity from UIAA laboratory in China

A Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment has recently been produced by the Zhejiang University School of Medicine based on clinical experience from the first affiliated hospital in China. In an act of solidarity, the document has been shared with the UIAA by the team at the UIAA’s accredited testing laboratory in Jiangsu. The lab was one of the first in Asia to qualify to test equipment against UIAA Safety Standards. As well as raising awareness...

UPDATE: 2020 UIAA ROCK CLIMBING FESTIVAL AWARD

Owing to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UIAA Rock Climbing Festival Award Panel has decided to not run the Award in 2020. The 2020 Award was scheduled to open in March 2020 and welcome applications from festivals in Oceania and South-East Asia. The Award will now be postponed until 2021. The UIAA Rock Climbing Award Panel is currently discussing the possibility of using this year’s prizemoney to support developing festivals or past winners. Further...

IRELAND: Stay at home

The following statement from Mountaineering Ireland CEO Murrough McDonagh was published on 23 March. It read: Dear Members, I hope that this communication reaches you, your families and loved ones in good health. We are all extremely concerned for the health and safety of all involved in the outdoor recreation and mountaineering communities.  Engaging and enjoying the wonderful outdoor recreational activities that we have on offer all around the island of Ireland is what we are all used...

UKC: Mental Health Tips for Climbers on Lockdown

The following article was published by UK Climbing on 25 March. Madeleine Crane is a sport psychologist (M.Sc.), systemic coach and founder and CEO of Climbing Psychology. In this article and webinar video she shares some tips for cooped-up climbers on lockdown...

SAFETY ALERT: CANYONING HARNESSES

It has been reported that three canyon harnesses of unrelated marks and models broke between July 2017 and December 2018 in La Réunion, le Verdon, and Angon, (France). Fortunately, these breakages did not result in any serious injuries. A laboratory member of the UIAA Safety Commission has carried out studies on the long-term effects of harness performance in the aggressive environment of canyons. The limits of the study were to test, in accordance to EN 12277/UIAA 105,...

ACC Coronavirus Information

The following information was published by the Alpine Club of Canada on 17 March. We are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation through Health Canada and we are following their suggested precautions. As the situation continues to evolve, we are always considering the best option for the safety of our members, our staff and our community. The ACC has suspended operations in facilities, adventures, some National Office services. Please see below for additional information and links. ACC NATIONAL OFFICE As...

ROCK AND ICE: Climbing Hits The Wall: What COVID-19 Means For our Sport

The following article by Peter Beal was published by Rock & Ice Magazine on 24 March. The world is reeling from the pandemic Covid-19 and fortunately it’s no longer still being debated whether it’s appropriate to go outside climbing. Ugh. The answer is, right now, definitely not, unless (maybe) you are free soloing, where, in the event of a mishap, you will likely not strain local medical resources. The thought of bouldering has me on edge (hold-sharing with...