A GUIDE TO THE 2019-2020 UIAA ICE CLIMBING CONTINENTAL CUPS

Five Continental events across two continents form part of the 2019/20 UIAA Ice Climbing Season, partnered by Outdoor Research. This season, along with four European Cup events, there is an exciting first foray into Asia, as Iran hosts an Asian Cup event, while there is also a new European Cup venue to look forward to in the Czech Republic....

IMF OFFERS DISCOUNTS ON CLIMBING PERMITS FOR INDIAN HIMALAYA

The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) has informed the UIAA Office that for the 2020 climbing season, it will offer a 50% discount on handling charges to encourage foreign climbers to visit the Indian Himalaya. Full details are provided in the following link. Discounts vary based on altitude of peak and number of members in the party. As recently detailed in a UIAA news release and the Indian Mountaineering Foundation's Apex Magazine, the government of India has...

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2016 is proving to be another busy year for the UIAA Youth Commission and its series of Global Youth Summit (GYS) events ...

REVIEW 2019: UIAA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The 2019 UIAA General Assembly, hosted by the Cyprus Mountaineering Climbing & Orienteering Federation, was held in Larnaca and Ayia Napa, Cyprus on Saturday 2 November. Delegates from 51 member associations and 42 countries were present. Following opening addresses from the President of the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Mr. Dinos Michaelides, and the Sport Advisory of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Phivos Zachariades, UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt presented key points from the 2018 Annual Report (AR). The...

THE TOMILOVS: BROTHERS ON ICE

Sport is littered with well-told tales of successful siblings. From the Williams sisters in tennis, to the Klitschko brothers in boxing and the Brownlees in triathlon.  Ice climbing has its own star siblings including France’s Tristan and Louna Ladevant, Switzerland’s Sina and Lukas Goetz and Russia’s Alexey and Maxim Tomilov. The latter have been among the leading climbers in the world for well over a decade.  Having enjoyed long and storied careers, the pair can...

UIAA ATTENDS 2019 IF ATHLETE AND SUSTAINABILITY FORUM

The 2019 International Federation (IF) Forum held in the Olympic Capital Lausanne, Switzerland specifically focused on athletes. The event took place from 28 to 30 October under the slogan “for the IFs from the IFs” and covered topics from athlete welfare and mental health, the protection of clean athletes all the way to financial wellbeing. Notably, the importance of strengthening the athletes’ voice and presence within the IFs governing bodies was highlighted. The UIAA was represented...

SURU BOULDER FEST ANNOUNCED AS 2019 UIAA ROCK CLIMBING FESTIVAL AWARD WINNER

Suru Boulder Fest was confirmed as the winner of the 2019 UIAA Rock Climbing Festival Award (RCFA) during the Award Ceremony held as part of the UIAA General Assembly. The festival is supported by UIAA member association, Indian Mountaineering Foundation, with the latter’s Amit Chowdhury (also UIAA SafeCom President) accepting the Award on their behalf. The 2019 RCFA was only open to festivals from Asia. The Almaty International Rock Climbing Festival and Korea’s Trad Climbing...

ALPINELEARNING PROJECT WEEKS WINS 2019 UIAA MOUNTAIN PROTECTION AWARD

The Swiss Alpine Club’s (SAC) AlpineLearning Project Weeks was confirmed as the seventh winner of the annual UIAA Mountain Protection Award at the 2019 UIAA General Assembly in Larnaca, Cyprus on Saturday 2 November. During the GA, BALLY was announced as new partner of the UIAA Mountain Protection Award. Construyendo Vidas 2019 – Bolivia 2019 by Mujer Montana was confirmed as Best New Initiative, Mountain protection worldwide through citizen science and volunteering by Biosphere Expeditions was...

UIAA AND BALLY ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

Shortly after the confirmation of the 2019 UIAA Mountain Protection Award winner – Swiss Alpine Club’s AlpineLearning (AlpenLernen) Project Weeks – an exciting announcement was made regarding the future of the project. The 2020 and 2021 UIAA MPAs will be partnered by Bally, the Swiss luxury fashion brand, founded in 1851, with a pioneering heritage in climbing and mountaineering. [caption id="attachment_74209" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Bally Peak Outlook, Mount Everest May 2019. Copyright: Bally/Samir Jung Thapa[/caption] When Sir Edmund Hillary...

REVIEW: UIAA MOUNTCOM AUTUMN MEETING

The UIAA Mountaineering Commission (MountCom) met in Hong Kong in October 2019. The meeting, which was hosted by the China Hong Kong Mountaineering and Climbing Union (CHKMCU), was attended by 14 delegates from 11 different countries. Frederick Yu (President of CHKMCU) welcomed everyone and Shirman So gave an interesting overview of the CHKMCU, which represents 167 clubs that promote and provide training for all forms of climbing and mountaineering. Please refer to the UIAA's recent...