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...

THE OUTDOOR JOURNAL: LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Published on 13 March, the following is a letter from Apoorva Prasad, Editor in Chief, of the Outdoor Journal. We are, by our very roots, a publication focused on borderless travel, humanism, ecocentrism and internationalism. This crisis feels unprecedented. When something like a pandemic strikes humanity, it strikes all of us, yet different countries have completely different reactions. For us at The Outdoor Journal, we know that it is time to stay home, be safe, take care of family...

APPEAL TO AVOID THE MOUNTAINS

The German Alpine Club published the following statement on 20 March. It appealed to its members not to visit the mountains and especially difficult and long tours. The article (in German) can be found here....

FLATTEN THE CURVE

The following advice was shared by the International Slackline Association. The article also provides several interesting links. Most of the slack community is young and healthy, but all of us will know and care about someone for whom getting COVID-19 will be a very different story. Sure, the death rate is <1%, but this is if hospitals are functioning well, and the news are full of examples of what happens when good healthcare gets overloaded. Most cases...