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...

RESPECT THE MOUNTAINS: FROM EVENTS TO EVOLUTION

The third annual UIAA Respect the Mountains (RTM) Series drew to a close in early November following eight clean-up events held during the European summer and autumn. Events took place in Italy, the UK, Austria, France, Spain, Malta and Romania. RTM meets fuse clean-up, outdoor and educational activities. The 2018 Series drew over 500 participants (aged from 3-82) who collected some two tonnes of mountain waste. Since 2016, the UIAA, in collaboration with its member federations,...

MARIA TOLOKONINA AND NIKOLAI KUZOVLEV WIN COMBINED WORLDS IN MOSCOW

Russia's Maria Tolokonina and Nikolai Kuzovlev became the first ever UIAA Ice Climbing World Combined Champions on 16 December winning the inaugural edition of the competition which ranks athletes based on their performances in both the speed and lead disciplines.  The event - held from 14-16 December - attracted 27 athletes from ten countries and was held adjacent to the impressive Luzhniki Stadium, home to this year's FIFA World Cup Final. The 2018-2019 UIAA Ice Climbing...

APPLICATION OPEN FOR 2019 BMC International Summer Climbing Meet

The 2019 BMC International Summer Climbing Meet will be located at Ynys Ettws, the Climber’s Club Hut in Llanberis Pass, North Wales. It will be held from 12-19 May. Your federation is invited to nominate two (one female and one male) experienced traditional climbers from your country. Preference will be given to climbers who have not attended a BMC International Meet before. Please note that if the meet is oversubscribed, places will be reduced to one per...