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...

INAUGURAL UIAA ICE CLIMBING COMBINED WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TO TEST LEADING ATHLETES

Moscow will provide an exciting showcase for the first ever UIAA Ice Climbing World Combined Championships, a competition designed to showcase the very best ice climbers across lead and speed disciplines. The event will take place on 15-16 December within the Luzhniki stadium area, the home of the opening and closing matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Following three rounds of the UIAA Ice Climbing European Tour, this event marks the start of the...

Discover Bouldering in the French Fontainebleau Forest Camp4.19 Bleau

Registration is now open for the 7th edition of the Camp4 Bleau in the French Fontainebleau Forest. Ever since 2012, the Camp4 Bleau Club of the Fédération Française des Clubs Alpins et de Montagne organises this important event for young climbers on the forest boulders annually. Dates: 29 May – 1 June, 2019 Location: In Buthiers, in the heart of the Fontainebleau Forest in Seine-et-Marne. The camp will be based at the Ile de loisirs de Buthiers. 73, rue des Roches –...

ANNUAL UIAA MEDCOM MEET CELEBRATES LAUNCH OF DIABETES PAPER

The UIAA Medical Commission hosted its annual meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal in mid November, an occasion which coincided with the biennial XII World Congress on Mountain Medicine, attended by 420 clinicians from all around the world, run by the International Society for Mountain Medicine and organised by the Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal. One of the core achievements of the Commission this year was the publication of its high-altitude paper on diabetes, more details are provided...

HOW THE UIAA MOUNTAIN PROTECTION AWARD ENSURES #MOUNTAINSMATTER FOR YOUTH

The theme of this year’s United Nations’ International Mountain Day (IMD) is #mountainsmatter, a subject which provides institutions, communities and organisations with freedom to dedicate their IMD focus towards topics such as water, tourism, disaster risk reduction, food, indigenous peoples and biodiversity. One of the UIAA’s principal activities in the field of mountain sustainability is its annual Mountain Protection Award, a scheme designed to showcase, support and promote projects which strive to unite tourist, or other,...

SINA GOETZ AND NIKOLAI PRIMEROV TAKE THE PLAUDITS IN DOMZALE

Swiss athlete Sina Goetz and Russia’s Nikolai Primerov claimed gold medals during the second UIAA Ice Climbing European Cup event of the 2018-2019 season. Already venue for a European Cup in 2017, Domžale again proved an excellent host of the event through the outstanding organisation of the Alpine Association of Slovenia and its local branch. Goetz claimed a second straight gold medal in the women’s competition following success in Bern last week. Compatriot Vivien Labarile took silver and...

EUROPEAN TOUR COMMENCES IN BERN

The organisers at O’Bloc in Bern, Switzerland put on a great show for the opening event of the 2018-19  UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour on Saturday 24 November. The first of the four European Cup Series proved a successful and popular meet with competitors coming from Canada, several European countries including France, Finland, Slovenia as well as a strong Swiss team. "It was great to see everyone enjoying the atmosphere and getting involved in the circuit...

RETURN OF THE UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD TOUR

Bern, the capital city of Switzerland, hosted the start of the 2018-2019 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour on 24 November (see report here). The European Cup event held at the O’Bloc Climbing Centre took place a little over six kilometres from the UIAA headquarters and marked the onset of the largest World Tour to date. Three World Championships, six World Cups and four European Cups make up the season. Competitions will take place on three...