UIAA STATEMENT ON COVID-19

The President and the Executive team of the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – wish to express their sincere sympathy with all of its member federations who in various degrees are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The UIAA encourages all member federations to continue observing strict compliance with the measures enforced by their respective national and regional authorities. In agreement with the Mountaineering Federation of North Macedonia, the UIAA has cancelled its spring meetings...

BRAZILIAN FESTIVAL SEEKS MOUNTAIN FILMS

UIAA member associations are informed that applications are open to submit films for the fourth 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 closes on 20 April. The festival, a free event, is supported by the UIAA member association in Brazil, CBME – the Brazilian Mountain Hiking and Climbing Confederation. The festival was founded in the city of Foz...

ALPINISM AND UNESCO: RESOURCES FOR UIAA MEMBERS

Following a long campaign stretching back to 2009 when UIAA members were asked to lobby their respective governments, late last year, Alpinism was officially recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (please refer to the dedicated article). Cultural Heritage recognizes various traditions, expressions and the wealth of knowledge that are inherited and passed on to future generations and communities to be preserved and protected. The unique challenges, history and culture of Alpinism were...

KIROV CROWNS NEW YOUTH CHAMPIONS

The Russian city of Kirov played host to the UIAA World Youth Ice Climbing Championships this past weekend (6-8 March) and it proved to be a highly successful one for the home nation who took home all but three of the medals across all age categories. Athletes from eight countries competed at one of the staple venues of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour. There were some familiar faces back in action to defend their...

UIAA YOUTH COMMISSION REDEFINES FUTURE OBJECTIVES

The UIAA Youth Commission held its first 2020 meeting on 29 February in Cyprus, expertly hosted by the Cyprus Mountaineering Climbing & Orienteering Federation. Among those attending were President Mark Dennison (UK), Pavlos Georgiades, Niki Karoulla, Nektarios Vilandis (Cyprus), Tiberiu Pintilie (Romania), Barbara Bajer (Slovenia), Christian Baird (France) and Rob Adie (UIAA Office) via video link. The meeting opened with introductions from the delegates and a short presentation by the Vice President of the IOC Cyprus....

KIROV: YOUNGSTERS GIVEN PLATFORM TO PERFORM

The UIAA World Ice Climbing Youth Championships heads to one of the most emblematic venues on the World Tour, in Kirov, Russia this weekend 6-8 March.  The venue is a familiar one for athletes and officials alike having hosted the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup finale in 2018, the World Championships in 2019 as well as acting as a training base for a number of athletes.  An enthralling competition between some of the most talented...

FIRST UIAA YOUTH EVENT OF 2020 TAKES PLACE

This February, in Guillestre, near Briançon in the French Alps, the first meeting of the 2020 UIAA Global Youth Series took place. The event, held from 9-15 February, welcomed around 70 participants from across Europe and beyond, all under the expert tutelage and knowledge of the local instructors. International participants came from across Europe – Germany, Ukraine, Slovenia, Belgium, Great Britain as well as India and those from host country France, where youngsters from the Club Alpine Français,...

LAUNCH OF 2020 UIAA MOUNTAIN PROTECTION AWARD PARTNERED BY BALLY

*Please refer to the updated communication on this subject and the UIAA Covid-19 portal for the last information. Since its conception in 2013, the UIAA Mountain Protection Award has proved an emphatic success. In the past seven years, the MPA has showcased and supported 118 projects from over 30 countries. The platform has enabled initiatives to receive international recognition, much-needed funding, exchange ideas and share best practices. Investment generated by the Award has helped projects advance...

REVISION TO UIAA STANDARD 101

The UIAA recently updated one of its core Safety Standards (101 – Dynamic Ropes). This is part of the UIAA Safety Commission’s commitment to ensuring its Standards meet the ever-changing nature and demands of the market and climbing and mountaineering world. The revision focused on correcting outdated and incorrectly organized information, as well as clarifying that the optional water repellency test needs to be carried out by a UIAA certified laboratory (see here for details on Accredited...