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...

PUTTING CLIMBING ON HOLD

The following is a statement written by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) on 23 March. The BMC and mountain rescue teams advise all climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers to stay in their home area and put all climbing and hill walking on hold. Last week, the government advice was ambiguous, and over the weekend thousands of people headed to the hills, mountains and coasts of the UK. Today, the message from the governments, mountain rescue teams, outdoor industry,...

CLIMBERS: TAKE ACTION AGAINST CORONAVIRUS

The American Alpine Club has published a number of resources related to coronavirus Climbers take action The following article -17 March - invites climbers to play their part in suppressing the spread of the virus https://americanalpineclub.org/news/2020/3/17/climbers-take-action-against-coronavirus Lodges The following article -17 March - provides an update on the use of huts and lodges run by the AAC https://americanalpineclub.org/news/2020/3/17/lodging-coronavirus-update...

WADA updates its COVID-19 guidance for Anti-Doping Organizations

On 21 March, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued updated guidance for Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. WADA developed the guidance following consultation with ADOs, including National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs), International Federations and Major Event Organizations as well as other organizations, such as the International Testing Agency (which is leading the pre-Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Task Force on behalf of the International Olympic Committee) and accredited laboratories, to determine how the anti-doping community can best...

Malta: Activities Suspended

The following message was published by UIAA full member Malta Climbing Club on 23 March. Due to the ever developing situation with the Covid-19 pandemic we have decided to suspend all club activities until further notice. This includes the club AGM, which is postponed to a later date which will be announced once the situation calms down. Please keep an eye on this website and on our social media page and group for the latest updates. Stay safe!...

NEWS FROM BULGARIA

The following update was published by the Bulgarian Climbing and Mountaineering Federation on 14 March. The original in Bulgarian can be found here. In connection with an order of the Minister of Health dated 13.03.2020, all events in the calendar of BFA planned to be held until March 29 are cancelled: All kinds of mass events, including sports, cultural and entertaining and scientific events (cinemas, theaters, concerts, museums, conferences, symposia, sports and SPA centers, gyms, etc.) shall...

UPDATES REGARDING THE 2020 CLIMBING SEASON IN NEPAL

The UIAA is sharing two communications regarding the 2020 climbing season in Nepal. The first is from UIAA member association, Nepal Mountaineering Association. The second is an article from the Kathmandu Post. NEPAL MOUNTAINEERING ASSOCIATION (NMA) The UIAA received the following communication from the NMA on 13 March: The COVID-19 outbreak has created a global threat; as a precautionary step, states are restricting entry to their boundaries. Taking into account the global recommendation and measures of the WHO,...