NEW MEDAL WINNERS IN BEIJING

The second round of the 2019 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season concluded earlier today in Beijing. Hosts for a second time, the capital of China witnessed a memorable event which saw some new names mount the medals podium and confirmed the supremacy of two Russian athletes. Lead: Finland, France and Ireland on the podium In the lead competition, athletes from seven different countries made the finals. Russia’s Maria Tolokonina and Nikolai Kuzolvev maintained their outstanding form to...

REGISTER FOR SANDSTONE INTERNATIONAL CLIMBING YOUTH CAMP

Registration is now open for the Sandstone International Climbing Youth Camp in Ostrov u Tise, Czech Republic.  The event which is affiliated with the UIAA Youth Commission is open to youngsters between the ages of 12-18.  Participants will be able to challenge themselves on one of the most famous sandstone climbing areas in the world. Dates: 11.08-17.08.2019 Location: Ostrov u Tise, Czech Republic Ostrov 10, 403 36 Tisá, Czechia T: +420 475 222 013 Participants: Open to ages 12-18.  Please note that participants should...

HOW TO FOLLOW THE UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD CUP IN BEIJING

Round 2 of the 2019 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season takes place in Beijing, China this weekend. Three days of competition from 18-20 January lie in wait for an expected field of nearly 80 athletes representing 15 countries. The 2019 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour is partnered by Outdoor Research. The opening round of the season witnessed a masterclass from Russia’s Maria Tolokonina who won both the women’s lead and speed competitions. An indication that...

PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS GOING TO THE MOUNTAINS

Previous extracts from UIAA Medical Commission papers have provided information on a diverse array of high-altitude topics such as nutritional considerations in mountaineering, dealing with eye problems, water disinfection and emergency field management of acute mountains sickness. The focus of this article is on an advice paper for people with pre-existing medical conditions. It was published in 2008 by J.S Milledge & T. Küpper and is available in English, Czech, German, Italian, Japanese and Russian. With...

WORLD COMBINED CHAMPS SHINE IN SOUTH KOREA

Russia's Maria Tolokonina and Nikolai Kuzovlev commenced the 2018-2019 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour with statement victories in December's inaugural Combined World Championships in Moscow. During this weekend's first leg of the six series World Cup season held in Cheongsong, South Korea, the two athletes maintained their excellent start to the season. Tolokonina enjoyed a remarkable Sunday, first defeating compatriot Ekaterina Koshcheeva in the final of the speed competition to take gold, before surpassing local favourites Woonseon...

VOLUNTARY RECALL OF ROCK EMPIRE’S DYNAMAX

Rock Empire has published a statement regarding a voluntary recall of its Dynamax with a production batch number of 170292 based on non-conformity testing results in Croatia. The Rock Empire statement reads: Please be advised that while the recall only affects production batch number 170292, we are suspending sales of all Dynamax while our production systems and materials are tested and verified. We will inform you with additional details when we expect to resume sales to you.  If you have...

THE YEAR WAS 1969…

In January 1969, fifty years ago this month, the 33rd UIAA Bulletin opened with a message confirming that the tenure of President Dr Edouard Wyss-Durant had come to an end. Durant resigned from his position during the federation’s General Assembly held late 1968 in London. The Bulletin revealed that the UIAA was active in lobbying against the construction of téléphériques in the Alpes, forcing local authorities into dialogue. The UIAA Safety Commission reported extensively from its October...

CHEONGSONG TO OPEN WORLD CUP SEASON

South Korea, and the country’s apple county, will provide the opening destination for the 2019 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season. Cheonsgong, one of the most popular destinations on the World Tour, for its challenging ice wall, partisan crowd and welcoming atmosphere, is preparing to witness the exploits of around 100 ice climbers from 18 countries. Competition commences on 12 January with qualifications and the lead semi-finals. All finals will be held on 13 January. Watch: Woonseon...

AN INSIGHT INTO MOUNTAIN ACCESS IN SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa is not only about sunny beaches and game reserves teeming with African wildlife.  The country is also home to extensive ranges of mountains, offering opportunities for hiking, mountaineering, canyoning, rock climbing (trad and sport), bouldering, and even a few spots for ice climbing in midwinter. Its highest range is the Drakensberg, with basalt peaks rising to nearly 3500 metres in the remote mountain kingdom of Lesotho, the country with the highest minimum altitude in...

THE UIAA IN 2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW

A year delivering diverse projects, initiatives and events at the UIAA witnessed significant activity across the federation’s three pillars of safety, sport and sustainability, thanks to the endeavours of its eight commissions, Management Committee, Executive Board and Office based in Bern. Highlights include a new high-altitude medical paper, the publication of a 24th Safety Standard, the continued evolution of the Mountain Protection and Rock Climbing Festival Awards, the new audience introduced to the UIAA’s activities...