ALPINISM GETS RECOGNITION FROM UNESCO AS INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF HUMANITY

Alpinism is not only a physical activity requiring athletic qualities and technical expertise. Defining it simply by pursuits like the exploration of fascinating landscapes or the quest for personal achievements is incomplete. It is all of these features and furthermore characterized by a frame of mind of personal engagement, sense of self-responsibility, knowledge of - and respect - for its natural playground, and strong solidarity and social relationships. These exceptional characteristics, its historical and cultural backgrounds,...

From sea to summit: IOC launches sports group – including the UIAA – to protect mountains

To mark the International Mountain Day, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has today announced the launch of the Mountain Summit – a group of sports organisations concerned with the current state of the world’s mountains and committed to protecting them. The group currently includes 11 members – organisations engaged in sports that are practised in or around mountains. Their aim is to assess and minimise the negative impact of sports activities on mountain environments, and leverage...

STATEMENT: UIAA AND CLIMATE CHANGE

The impact of climate change on mountain regions was one of the core topics discussed at the 2019 UIAA General Assembly (GA) in Cyprus. This scope of this statement is to provide a summary of the UIAA’s longstanding commitment to the protection of the mountain environment and climate action, and its future goals. Overview The mountain environment occupies around 22% of the Earth's land mass and is home to 13% of the world’s population. Mountains provide fresh...

UIAA PUBLISHES 2018 CARBON FOOTPRINT CALCULATION

As part of its commitment to tackling climate change and reducing its own CO2 emissions, the UIAA has published its first annual Carbon Footprint Calculation. This report, covering 2018, outlines the ongoing results of monitoring and reporting of the UIAA's carbon footprint, which is in response to its signed commitment in early 2019 and participation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Sports for Climate Action. As a participant in this initiative, the UIAA...

FIFTY YEARS OF THE
UIAA MOUNTAIN PROTECTION COMMISSION

In the lead up to International Mountain Day, 11 December, and to celebrate the 50 years of the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission (MPC), the UIAA takes a trip through the archives to select ten stories from the Commission’s proud history. 1969 – Official foundation of the Commission In 1939, W. Goetel from Poland was asked to form a UIAA Commission for nature protection. However, since this was just before the outbreak of World War II, the Commission...

UIAA PROJECTS RECOGNISED AS SUSTAINABILITY MODELS

In December 2018, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) co-launched the new Sports for Climate Action Framework and defined the role of sport in the worldwide fight for climate change. The UN Sports for Climate Action Framework aims to help sports organisations reduce emissions caused by their operations and leverage the worldwide popularity of sport to engage millions of fans in the effort. Sport in all its...

ALL ABOUT THE MOUNT LOGAN ICE EXPEDITION 2020-21

The Mount Logan Ice Expedition 2020-2021 is a multidisciplinary scientific initiative that seeks to preserve, celebrate, and advance knowledge about climate and change on Canada’s highest peak. The project is organized in association with The University of Alberta, The American Alpine Club and The Alpine Club of Canada, the latter two both longstanding members of the UIAA. Located deep within Kluane National Park and Reserve in the southwestern corner of Canada’s Yukon Territory, Mount Logan stands...

LATEST UPDATES TO 2019-2020 UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD TOUR CALENDAR

The UIAA is confirming a number of updates to its previous communication (16 October) regarding the calendar for the 2019-2020 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour.  There will now be three World Cups, not four. The event in Moscow, scheduled for 20-22 December (World Cup and World Youth Combined Championships) has been cancelled. As communicated on 16 October, there will be no North American World Cup in 2019-2020. A North American World Cup(s) is now forecast for 2020-2021....

A GRAND RETURN FOR PONT-ROUGE’S FESTIGLACE

After an absence of over a decade on the international scene, Pont-Rouge’s Festiglace is rising from the ashes. Thanks to a team of passionate volunteers and to the collaboration of numerous partners, the highly anticipated event will be sure to give thrills to all. Climbing and outdoor enthusiasts as well as active families are invited to participate, challenge themselves, connect with nature and simply have fun on the frozen walls of Île aux Raisins, a majestic...

REVIEW: 2019 UIAA MEDICAL COMMISSION MEETING

The UIAA Medical Commission met for their annual meeting in Bolzano, Italy from 7-8 November 2019. Dr. Hermann Brugger and his team at Eurac Research, hosted the Commission delegates in their new facilities and organized a visit of the extreme environmental simulator “terraXcube”. The UIAA Medical Commission, representing no less than 12 different nations and UIAA member federations, spent two days discussing ongoing and future projects, research papers and recommendations in the field of mountain...