FQME: 50 years of discovery and excellence

Five decades, that is a significant achievement. In the fall of 2019, the Fédération québécoise de la montagne et de l’escalade (FQME), established in Canada, will celebrate its golden 50th anniversary. The FQME has been an associate member of the UIAA since 1975. Over the years, the FQME has established and affirmed its reputation in the province of Quebec. The organization ensures the development and promotion of outdoor, indoor, rock and ice climbing as well as mountain skiing to its 3,800 individual members and...

EVEREST AND KILIMANJARO ISSUES TO BE TACKLED BY UIAA WORKING GROUP

In May and June, the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – published statements in response to two significant climbing stories. The first was related to the 2019 Everest climbing season, the second proposals to construct a cableway up Kilimanjaro. The two statements received significant international media coverage. A key message in both statements was the UIAA’s willingness to work with stakeholders and help find solutions. To deliver on this pledge, the UIAA Executive Board...

Advisory:
Video, Climb Safe: How to belay with the ATC

In April 2019, the UIAA and the DAV (German Alpine Club) collaborated on a series of videos dedicated to belaying. Ten videos produced by the DAV were translated into English with the support of the UIAA Safety Commission. These videos are available to view on the UIAA Skills page. An additional video, how to belay with the ATC, was not posted. It is now available following the publication of an advisory below courtesy of the UIAA...

Sunday Afternoons Partners with UIAA’s Respect the Mountains Project

A global leader in technical hats that offer superior protection from the elements, Sunday Afternoons has been redefining what headwear can do for over 25 years. Oregon-based and family-owned, the company has signed on with the UIAA Respect the Mountains (RtM) project to help preserve and protect mountain ecosystems globally. As an official partner, Sunday Afternoons is committed to raising awareness about the RtM movement and will offer sun-protective headwear for sale at events and...

THE FIRST GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE UIAA

This is the latest in our series of articles exploring the history of the UIAA. This article was originally published in the UIAA Bulletin, Feb/Mar, 2002. After its foundation in Chamonix in 1922, the first General Assembly was held in Cortina d’Ampezzo in September 1933. The noted Italian climber and journalist Dino Buzzati wrote the following articles for the Corriere della Sera on 13 June and 14 September 1933.  They were kindly translated by alpinist...

Loving the mountains since 1869
German Alpine Club (DAV) celebrates its 150th birthday

On 9 May 1869, German and Austrian mountaineers founded the Deutscher Alpenverein (DAV) - German Alpine Association in English - as a “bourgeois mountaineering association”. Over subsequent 150 years, the DAV, a founder member of the UIAA, has grown to become 'the world's largest national mountaineering association, the nature conservation association with the largest number of members, as well as one of the largest sports associations in Germany'. Today, it unites around 1.3 million members...

Mujer Montaña Construyendo Vidas 2019 – Bolivia
by Mujer Montaña

Photo: © Mujer Montana NOMINEE PROFILE Location: La Paz-BoliviaProject Status:  May-November 2019 Contact: Denys Emily Sanjines RodriguezEmail Facebook Instagram GOALS AND OBJECTIVES MISSION  To promote sustainable thinking by inspiring confidence and leadership in women of different ages, contributing to the struggle of gender equality for a more egalitarian world, contributing to the development of a mountain culture and thus encouraging the practice of this activity to inspire the respect for nature.  VIEW  To be a projection and dissemination platform for the exponents of mountaineering in the world and awakening...

Mountain Sports Center with the approach of Environmental Sustainability by Passive Solar Energy
by Alpine Club of Iran

Photo: © Alpine Club of Iran NOMINEE PROFILE Location: IranProject Status:  October 2019-October 2021 Contact: Vahid MataniEmailFacebook A MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS Iran is generally mountainous and semi-arid, and more than half of the country's land is made up of mountains. The project unites mountaineering activities with welfare services, training and exercise and rescue services with the aim of preserving the mountains. In Iran, relatively large buildings in the mountainous highlands with full facilities such as convenient urban and regional road access,...

Ama Dablam 2020
by High Altitude Mountain Cleaners

Photo: © High Altitude Mountain Cleaners NOMINEE PROFILE Location: NepalProject Status:   March 2020 – May 2020 Contact: Dominic Asselin Email Facebook WebsiteInstagram A MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS We are going to clean and remove all old fixed ropes and abandoned garbage on the normal climbing route of Ama Dablam that is used by most teams as the preferred climbing route or descent itinerary for the other route. We'll be climbing the itinerary and stay on it for 23 days to complete the...

Converting organic waste to compressed biogas and organic fertilizer
by Gandaki Urja

Photo: © Gandaki Urja NOMINEE PROFILE Location: NepalProject Status:  February 2016 - ongoing Contact: Kushal GurungEmail Facebook Website A MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS The Gandaki Urja compressed biogas plant project is located in Pokhara, Nepal, in the foothills of the Annapurna range. Our project is focused on conserving fragile mountain ecosystems by managing the organic waste, and replacing fossil fuels and chemical fertilizers, as well as supporting the livelihoods of the mountain communities in the Annapurna range.  BEST PRACTICES IN MOUNTAINEERING AND MOUNTAIN-BASED SPORTS Converting organic...