GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT – DAMAVAND – ALAM-KUH SUMMER CAMP

Please find details below of a UIAA Global Youth Summit event to be held in Iran this summer. The event is organised in conjunction with the Iran Mountaineering & Sport Climbing Federation. Full information can also be found here. Dates: 20 July to 1 August, 2019 Mountains: Alam-Kuh and Damavand Place: Tehran & Mazandaran Province, Iran Accommodation: 2 nights in D/hotel, 1 night in Polour lodge, 1 night in Vandarbon lodge, 3 nights in Atour eco-camp...

UIAA MOUNTAINEERING COMMISSION MEETS IN SERBIA

The UIAA Mountaineering Commission (MountCom) met in Novi Sad, Serbia on 30-31 March. The meeting, which was hosted by the Mountaineering Association of Serbia (MAS) and Sport and Tourism Faculty (TIMS), was attended by 1 8 delegates from 12 different countries. ISO Planić, President of Mountaineering Association of Serbia (MAS) welcomed everyone. Below is a summary of the main talking points. ELECTIONS Peter Farkas, Pavlos Georgiades, Steve Long MountCom elections were held and concluded . It was resolved  that the “Chairman of Training Panel ”...

BMC LAUNCHES HILLS TO OCEANS CAMPAIGN

Around 80% of all the debris in our oceans and seas originally comes from inland, according to estimates, so the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is asking all its members and the wider public to help reduce this amount by joining an existing litter pick or by organising their own. There are a number of worthwhile clean up events already happening around the UK this year. To make it easier for you to find out about them,...

UIAA AND DAV COLLABORATE ON SAFETY VIDEO PROJECT

The UIAA and the German Alpine Club (DAV) have teamed up to produce a series of ten videos designed to help improve climber's belay technique. Originally produced by the DAV, the videos have recently been translated into English following collaboration with the UIAA Safety Commission and UIAA Training Panel. The principal focus is different belaying techniques and the instructor in the video is Christoph Hummel, a member of both the DAV safety research department and the...

TRAVELLER’S DIARRHOEA – PREVENTION AND TREATMENT IN THE MOUNTAINS

The issue of traveller’s diarrhoea is a critical one for anybody wishing to take part in expedition mountaineering or trekking. The risks from diarrhoea are proven to be much greater at altitude than they are at sea-level.  Studies have indicated that the loss of body water as well as electrolytes significantly impairs both physical and mental capacity.  This in turn, greatly increases the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), thrombosis, frostbite and various other altitude...

AAC to host 12th International Climbers’ Meet

The American Alpine Club is hosting its 12th annual International Climbers’ Meet (ICM), to be held the week of 13-19 October, 2019 in Yosemite Valley.  The event will include three days of education programming, host climbers available for guidance, and, per usual, an international cast of characters that will be crushing Yosemite. Applicants should have intermediate or advanced level experience with: ·         Placement and removal of protection ·         Multi-pitch rope management ·         At least two years of technical rock climbing ·         The ability to follow sustained...

UIAA SUPPORT FOR CLIMBAID’S PASSION FOR CLIMBING, PEACE AND INTEGRATION

On Thursday 21 March in Zurich, Switzerland, as an official supporter of the NGO ClimbAID, the UIAA represented by project manager Carol Kahoun, attended ClimbAID’s charity event “Klettern statt Krieg” (Climbing Not War). The evening, which saw an impressive turn out, started with a presentation by ClimbAID founder Beat Baggenstos, who explained the work and importance of the organisation. The organisation’s aim is to foster peaceful environments through climbing and to aid holistic development of young people into...

APPEAL TO STOP GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK CLIMBING BAN

A petition has recently been created to stop climbing bans across large areas of the Grampians National Park in Australia. This until further consultation can take place. The Grampians, located in the west of the State of Victoria, are a special and rugged range of hills, a famous National Park and contain some of Australia's most established and highly regarded rock climbing areas. In sharing the petition, focussed on the lack of prior consultation and engagement by...

UIAA TO CO-HOST PREMIERE OF FREE SOLO IN SWITZERLAND

Winner of the Best Documentary Feature at the 91st Academy Awards, Free Solo, a film directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin will premiere in Switzerland next month. The film profiles rock climber Alex Honnold on his quest to perform a free solo climb of El Capitan in June 2017. In partnership with Pathé Cinemas, the UIAA will co-host the Swiss premiere of the film on 9 April.  Three screenings will take place on the same night, in Zurich, Lugano and Lusanne.  The film...

UIAA TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

As a member of the Peace and Sport movement, the UIAA will celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April. To mark the occasion, the UIAA is calling on the action and direct involvement of its member associations and their individual members, athletes, climbers and mountaineers. As a result of a few workshops and conferences the UIAA has attended, three initiatives have been selected to support and explore. We have a...