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 +...

UIAA STATEMENT:
2019 MOUNT EVEREST CLIMBING SEASON

All member associations of the UIAA (International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation) extend their sincerest condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives on Mount Everest recently. The UIAA views the tragic events on Mount Everest with considerable distress and disquiet. The majority of incidents during the 2019 climbing season have occurred due to mass overcrowding on the southern route on the Nepalese side of the mountain. The UIAA calls for all stakeholders to engage in urgent dialogue to work...

ALPINE SKILLS: HOW TO SECURE THE CRUX OF A ROPE

Assistance and gentle reassurance can be helpful when moving the group over an exposed section, where a fall would be serious; or you can install a safety line or fixed rope. In either case, do not hesitate to rope up less experienced or less skilled hikers if a fall would prove injurious or fatal.  Safety Line Munter Knot: Source: UIAA Alpine Skills: Summer, Blandine Reynard A safety line is installed by fixing a rope to an existing anchor such as pitons or...

Slovenia celebrates the 40th anniversary of its first Mount Everest ascent

The following article is provided by Mag. Franc Ekar, former President of PZS – Alpine Association of Slovenia, a UIAA member association. On 13 May, 1979 at 13.51 Nepalese time, two Slovenian members of the 'First Yugoslav Alpine Expedition Everest 1979', succeeded in ascending and reaching the top of the highest mountain in the world. They were Jernej (Nejc) Zaplotnik and Andrej Štremfelj.The climbers were both members of the Alpine Club Kranj and Alpine Section...