FFCAM ENJOYS PRESIDENTIAL MEETING

The Fédération Française des Clubs Alpines et de Montagne (FFCAM), a UIAA member association, were delighted to have recently had the opportunity to meet with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, during his Presidential visit to the Mont Blanc range. Owing to the Federation’s excellent relationship with the prefecture and local town halls, President of the FFCAM, Nicolas Raynaud, was invited by the Prefecture of Haute Savoie to attend a working lunch (13 February) at the...

UIAA AND UNEP SIGN MOU

The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – is delighted to confirm that the MoU between the UIAA and the UN Environment Program (UNEP) has now been signed. The United Nations Environment Program is the leading organisation within the United Nations in the field of environment, having a major area of focus on conservation, protection, enhancement and the support of nature and natural resources worldwide. The MoU represents a huge step forward for the UIAA...

UIAA RESTATED PRIORITIES FOR 2020 AND BEYOND

Recent dialogue and meetings dating back to the UIAA General Assembly in Cyprus and involving the GA, the UIAA Management Committee and the UIAA Executive Board, have focused on collectively realigning the UIAA’s role, objectives and vision. Taking elements from the expertise which went into the publication of the 2019 UIAA Strategic Plan (produced by a dedicated working group), the resulting proposal is to focus on objectives which are more direct and specific, all in the...

TRAINING AND MEDICAL SUPPORT FOR ROCK CLIMBERS

A dedicated guide and programme for rock climbers - Adjunct Compensatory Training – has been created, spearheaded by UIAA Medical Commission corresponding member Volker Schoeffl as well as the worldwide trainer expertise of Dicki (Ludwig) Korb and Patrick Matros (Kraftfactory). The programme is sponsored by Adidas Terrex, and is available free here - www.act.clinic – to all climbers. The ACT programme consists of two sections. The first, the general section, focuses on preventative exercises especially for climbers and...

FRESH IMPETUS FOR THE UIAA RESPECT THE MOUNTAINS MOVEMENT

The UIAA’s Respect the Mountains (RTM) Movement continued to evolve and develop throughout 2019, creating more opportunities for collaboration between the UIAA, its member associations and other partners, greater access to events for mountaineers and increased visibility for sustainability-focused projects showcased on a new international calendar. The RTM movement has evolved since its inception in 2016. Since 2019 there has been a shift from the original model of UIAA-organised events – primarily located in popular European...

SOFIE LENAERTS – ON TOP OF EACH CONTINENT

Eleven years ago, mountain climbing enthusiast, full-time employee for the Belgian Federal Police and the face of Watch Out, a weekly traffic magazine show on Belgian television, Sofie Lenaerts scaled the highest mountain range in Europe, Mount Elbrus, a dormant volcano in the Caucasus Mountains. Sofie enjoyed the experience but soon sought new challenges. In the ensuring years followed successful summits in South America, North America and Asia. It slowly dawned on Lenaerts that she was...

SEASONAL VERDICTS CONFIRMED IN SAAS-FEE

Saas-Fee, Switzerland witnessed an exciting deciding round of the 2020 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season, partnered by Outdoor Research. Gold medal winners in the Swiss Alps during the weekend of 24-25 January were: Anton Nemov (speed) and Louna Ladevant (lead) in the men’s competition. Irina Dubovtseva (speed) and Maria Tolokonina (lead) took the women’s titles. The overall World Tour crowns were claimed by: Louna Ladevant, FRA, men’s lead Anton Nemov, RUS, men’s speed Maria Tolokonina, RUS, women’s lead and...

INFORMATION ON CLIMBING EQUIPMENT RECALLS

The UIAA Safety Label team has been informed about two recent product recalls. They concern: DMM Climbing: DMM Nexus swivel body recall for inspection (main photo) La Sportiva: Mulaz, Skyline helmet models The complete list of recalls recorded by the UIAA since 2009 can be found here....

Outdoor Research Ice Climbing Challenge

Show off your ice climbing skills and win an Outdoor Research jacket The name of the game is to navigate the OR climber as he makes his way up the ice wall. Collect OR goodies to score points on the way up – but avoid the icicles, as each one decreases your points! The goal is to score as many points as possible – more points, more chance of prizes! Online players with the highest scores will...

ICE CLIMBING: SWITZERLAND THE SCENE FOR THE WORLD CUP DECIDER

The UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season, partnered by Outdoor Research, concludes this coming weekend, 23-25 January, 2020 in the renowned resort of Saas-Fee, Switzerland. For over twenty years this iconic stage in competition ice climbing has hosted international events with aplomb. Come Friday and Saturday evening not only are World Cup medals up for grabs, the overall World Tour titles are on offer too. Over 110 athletes from 21 different nations, a season record, are...