2019 UIAA ROCK CLIMBING FESTIVAL AWARD CANDIDATE: Suru Boulder Fest

Location: Leh, Ladakh (India)Date: 25 August - 7 September 2019 Estimated Number of Participants: 150Links: Website Facebook Instagram ABOUT THE EVENT The Suru Boulder Fest supported by UIAA member association, the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) celebrates its fourth edition this year with around 150 climbers expected to participate. A particular emphasis of the festival is to raise awareness of climbing in the country. The area around Ladakh is rich for climbing with an abundance of greenschist boulders. Many...

2019 UIAA ROCK CLIMBING FESTIVAL AWARD CANDIDATE: Trad Climbing Festival

Location: Joseung Rock & Camping Site, Jecheon City, Choongcheongbukdo (Korea)Date: 8-9 June, 2019 Organiser: Crack CrusaderEstimated Number Of Participants: 45Links: Facebook Copyright: Minwook Joo ABOUT THE EVENT The Trad Climbing Festival supported by the Korea Alpine Federation, a UIAA member association, and sponsored by The North Face and Black Diamond celebrated its third edition this year with around 45 climbers expected to participate.  First held in 2017, the festival has become increasingly popular, selling out almost immediately. The aim of the...

FROM CANADA TO NEW ZEALAND, UIAA RESPECT THE MOUNTAINS GOES GLOBAL

Earlier this year, the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission put in motion a new direction for the Respect the Mountains series with a departure from the model of UIAA-organised events - primarily located in popular European mountain resorts - to the creation of an international platform for events organized by UIAA members and partners and recognised by the UIAA. The response to this initiative has been impressive with over 50 events already published on the UIAA’s online international calendar, a platform designed...

The Lure of the Himalaya

On 28 May, the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – published a statement in relation to the 2019 climbing season on Everest. The statement has been shared internationally and picked up by several major news agencies. The UIAA has committed to being part of any discussions regarding future Everest climbing seasons. On the subject of the world’s highest mountain, celebrated mountaineer and former UIAA Management Committee member Doug Scott recently delivered a KeyNote...

IS YOUR EQUIPMENT REALLY CERTIFIED?

In recent months the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – has been inundated with queries from climbers regarding the validity of equipment they have purchased. It has been drawn to the UIAA’s attention that an increasing number of online retailers are selling products falsely bearing the UIAA Safety Label. A significant portion of these retailers are using popular online shopping sites. Very often products online are advertised as being UIAA-certified meaning they have...

JOINT STATEMENT ON PROPOSED KILIMANJARO CABLEWAY

It was with concern that the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA), the Confederation of African Mountain Clubs (CAMC) and the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), came to hear of the proposal to build a cableway up Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. The construction of such a cableway, proposed and designed to stimulate tourism and increase the number of visitors to the area, would have a number of negative consequences – on a human, environmental and...

A GOLDEN MOMENT FOR THE CHINESE TAIPEI MOUNTAINEERING ASSOCIATION

In early June one of Asia’s most prominent mountaineering associations celebrated its golden anniversary. The Chinese Taipei Mountaineering Association (CTMA) marked its 50th birthday in some style taking the opportunity to reflect on its proud history and set its vision for the future years. The celebrations were attended by representatives from mountaineering associations across Asia – including members of the UAAA, Union of Asian Alpine Associations, whose Council Meeting was held as part of the event. The UIAA was honoured to be...

UIAA JOINS DISCUSSIONS AT SPORTACCORD

Held from 5-10 May in Queensland, Australia, the 2019 edition of SportAccord welcomed a significant number of key players in the sport industry including host city partners, event organisers, tourism agencies, logistical suppliers, news and photograpy agencies, government offices as well as a significant number of international federations. Represented by President Frits Vrijlandt, the UIAA was present throughout the six-day event discussing a wide variety of subjects from competition ice climbing, global advocacy to the UIAA’s projects in sustainability, where it has already...

UIAA LAUNCHES WORLDWIDE DONATE PROJECT

The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – has launched a Donate initiative to help raise funds for mountain-related projects worldwide. A dedicated Donate page on the UIAA website was one of the ideas put forward by a number of member associations and partners during the most recent UIAA General Assembly. Many members expressed a desire to directly support on the UIAA on specific projects. The Donate scheme provides the opportunity to promote projects and causes run...

2018 UIAA ANNUAL REPORT NOW AVAILABLE

The UIAA, International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation, has published its 2018 Annual Report. The look and format of the Report have been revamped. Conceived for the digital environment it includes links to key resources - such as UIAA news articles, video content and multimedia assets. Contents include: President's Annual MessageA Review of 2018UIAA General Assembly 2018UIAA Financial ReportDetails on UIAA member associationsUIAA Office, Communication & Sponsorship reportsReports from every UIAA Commission (Access, Anti-Doping, Ice Climbing, MedCom, Mountaineering +...