Sustainable Andes by Fondo de Acceso Andino

Photo: © Fundacion Acceso Andino NOMINEE PROFILE Location: EcuadorProject Status:  January 2020 - June 2020 Contact: Felipe ProanoEmail Facebook WebsiteInstagram MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS The Andes of Ecuador have three three main areas where rock climbing is the main tourist attraction. These areas are Zumbahua (Cotopaxi province), San Juan (Chimborazo province) and the recently discovered Simiatug (Bolivar province). These three areas belong to local indigenous communities, who are unfamiliar with rock climbing as a sport, tourism as a mechanism of income, and...

Clean Climber by Clean Climber

Photo: © Clean Climber NOMINEE PROFILE Location: Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Europe, USAProject Status:  Launched August 2018 Contact: Gerard van LaarEmail Facebook Website A MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS Clean Climber organises clean-up events together with climbers and local people alike at rock climbing crags and access roads to these crags. We promote the event, provide clean-up material, contact local authorities, educate climbers and local people on the trash problem, and organise a BBQ at the end of the cleaning day for the participants.  We aim to not...

Towards Climate Neutral Mountaineering by Protect Our Winters Switzerland

Photo: © Protect Our Winters NOMINEE PROFILE Location: SwitzerlandProject Status:  March 2019-October 2020 (first cycle of two years) Contact: Nicholas BornsteinEmail Facebook InstagramWebsite BEST PRACTICES IN MOUNTAINEERING AND MOUNTAIN-BASED SPORTS Protect Our Winters Switzerland (POW) is the outdoor sports community’s leading voice against climate change and part of the global POW network. POW turns passionate outdoor people into effective climate activists. Together with athletes, members and partners POW acts on systemic solutions against climate change. We are a young NGO of outdoor sports...

The Effect of Extremes of Temperature on Drugs

Our latest focus on a UIAA MedCom high altitude advice paper focuses on the effect of extremes of temperature on drugs. It is available in English, Czech, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese and Polish. This paper is primarily intended for doctors, non-medical persons and trekking/expedition operators. Basic problems of drug use in the mountains Harsh environmental factors – especially heat and cold – can significantly affect drugs, the substances as well as stabilisers and solvents. Temperatures inside emergency...

JANEZ SVOLJSAK 1993-2019

The UIAA was saddened to hear about the sudden recent passing of Slovenian climber Janez Svoljšak. A regular competitor on the full UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour from 2013-2017, Janez had dedicated the past three years to traditional alpinism. Janez specialised in fast ascents of hard routes in mixed terrain.He passed away after failing ill at base camp while on an expedition to climb Tahu Rutum (6651m), Karakorum, Pakistan. Together with his climbing partner Janez planned...

LAUNCH OF 2019-2020 UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD TOUR

Five World Cups across three continents headline the provisional 2019-2020 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour calendar, partnered by Outdoor Research. [vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_video link="https://youtu.be/lSU6h9Qx3Ys" align="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row] Four of the venues featured as part of the 2018-2019 season ensuring familiarity for athletes and the opportunity to build on relationships and experiences. “We are delighted with the shape of the calendar for the upcoming season,” explains UIAA Sport Events Coordinator Rob Adie. “Working with established organisers...

TALKING POINTS: 2019 UIAA EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETINGS

The UIAA Executive Board (EB) has held three meetings to date during 2019. Below is a summary of the main discussion points from each meeting. June, 2019 Delivery of reports from UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt’s visit to SportAccord, and Vice President Thomas Kähr invitation to Chinese Taipei Mountaineering Association 50th anniversary and UAAA meetingProposals to update existing Commission regulations, including limiting conflict of interests. These are to be submitted...

APPLICATION CLOSED FOR 2019 UIAA MOUNTAIN PROTECTION AWARD

The UIAA thanks everyone who has applied for the 2019 UIAA Mountain Protection Award. Almost 15 organisations active in over 20 countries have submitted details of their projects. Most are ongoing projects with a few currently ideas or concepts. The application period closed on 1 July. What are the next steps? All projects are currently being assessed by the UIAA MPA Assessment Team. The UIAA will be in touch if it has any questions regarding your application.Once...

UIAA ACTIVE AT ISPO MUNICH 2019

With a new innovative concept, Europe’s largest outdoor trade fair, OutDoor by ISPO, took place in Munich for the first time from 30 June to 3 July, 2019. As a global organisation operating in the outdoor environment, the UIAA is a regular presence at ISPO events. This year, a delegation from the UIAA took the opportunity to network with representatives of member associations, brands, sponsors and UIAA Safety Label holders. All photos. Copyright: Messe München GmbH With an increasing number of manufacturers focusing...

2019 UIAA ROCK CLIMBING FESTIVAL AWARD CANDIDATE: Almaty International Rock Climbing Festival

Location:Alatau Mountains, Tuyuk Su Gorge, Almaty (Kazakhstan)Date:29 August - 4 September, 2019 Estimated Number Of Participants: 1,200Links:Website Instagram ABOUT THE EVENT The Almaty International Rock Climbing Festival, supported by the Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, celebrates its fourth edition this year with around 1,200 climbers expected to participate. [vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_video link="https://youtu.be/4UESQFxdEFQ" align="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row] The festival is held in the Alatau mountain range in Tuyuk Su Gorge with its granit rocks...