A Tribute to Carlo Zanantoni

The UIAA pays tribute to Carlo Zanantoni, a long-time delegate of the UIAA Safety Commission (SafeCom) who passed away on 18 November. Carlo Zanantoni was born in Verona in 1930. From an early age, a love for the mountains drew him to the Dolomites. An eager and impressive mountaineer, he was equally passionate about the development into the research of safe climbing equipment. This inspired him to be part of the pioneering team in the early...

ZÉRO DÉCHET MONT BLANC NAMED UIAA MOUNTAIN PROTECTION AWARD BEST NEW INITIATIVE

The UIAA is delighted to announce that the No Bins Project by Zéro Déchet Mont Blanc (France) has been named Best New Initiative as part of the 2020-2021 UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA) partnered by the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation. A total of 24 projects operational in more than 30 countries and on six continents were showcased as part of 2020-2021 MPA. They represent a range of initiatives including encouraging youth participation, tackling pollution and climate...

NIKOLAY PRIMEROV AND SINA GOETZ IMPRESS IN BERN

The first event of the 2021-2022 UIAA Ice Climbing season saw the hosting of a European Continental Cup competition in Bern, Switzerland on Saturday 13 November. An impressive span of 47 athletes (30 male, 17 female) from 15 countries took part in the lead only event. It proved to be the most 'international' competition the UIAA has been able to organize since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. In both categories, Swiss athletes made local advantage count....

ACUTE AND CHRONIC OVERSTRAIN INJURIES OF WORLD CUP ICE CLIMBERS

The UIAA Medical Commission, with the support of members of the UIAA Anti-Doping Commission, has released a paper analysing acute and chronic overstrain injuries in World Cup ice climbers. Background While rock climbing injuries have been well investigated this is not the case for ice climbing and its various disciplines. Since extreme body positions are normal in extreme ice climbing specific injury patterns may be expected (fig. 1-3). The authors investigated the participants of the UIAA Ice...

YOUTH ICE CLIMBING CAMP DATES CONFIRMED

The UIAA Youth Commission has confirmed details of its first official event in 2022. The popular annual Ice Climbing Camp in Guillestre, Hautes Alpes (France) will be held from 20-26 February. The full programme and application details can be found here. For more about the UIAA Youth Commission please click here.   Photo: Lena Drapella...

CLIMBING TECHNOLOGY PUBLISH REQUEST FOR INSPECTION

UIAA Safety Label Holder Climbing Technology has informed the UIAA about an issue related to one of its certified products. The product is the pulley/rope clamp ROLLNLOCK item n° 2D652. Climbing Technology has issued a voluntary request for inspection on a potential problem. Full details ...

INFORMATION: UIAA European Continental Cup in Bern

The first event of the 2021-2022 UIAA Ice Climbing season will a European Continental Cup competition held in Bern, Switzerland on Saturday 13 November. The Event Programme and other information can be found here. Livestreaming will be available on the UIAA YouTube channel from the men and women's lead finals starting 1915 local time, CET. Live results will be posted here. For further information on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour please click here. Please note a new website...

THE UIAA ALIGNS WITH OTHER SECTOR LEADERS TO SIGN THE GLASGOW DECLARATION ON CLIMATE ACTION IN TOURISM

The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation  – announced today that it has become a signatory and launch partner of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism. The Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism unites travel and tourism behind a common set of pathways for climate action, aligning the sector with global commitments and catalysing collaborative solutions to the many challenges facing businesses and destinations globally. The Glasgow Declaration encourages the acceleration of...

MEMBERS INVITE TO REGISTER INTEREST FOR SECOND EDITION OF ALPINE HANDBOOK

Under the guidance of Steve Long, President of the UIAA Training Panel, and Stéphane Lozac'hmeur, Petzl Foundation, the UIAA Office is currently working on publishing the second edition of the Alpine Skills: Summer Handbook in English. A complete rework both regarding content and graphic design can be expected. The UIAA Office has produced an online form where member federations can register interest. Based on this non-binding feedback, the UIAA will have a clearer idea about how...

UIAA PLAYS ACTIVE ROLE AT COP26

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) is being held in Glasgow, Scotland from 31 October – 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The UK is committed to working with all countries and joining forces with civil society, companies and people on the frontline of climate change to inspire climate action...