UIAA POSITION ON HELI-BIKING IN MOUNTAIN REGIONS

Heli-biking, an activity offered in an increasing number of countries, offers MTB riders the opportunity to take a helicopter to a point from which they can directly commence a spectacular descent. On the subject of heli-biking, and other mountain-related pursuits which require motorised forms of transport, the UIAA, like many of its national member federations, is opposed to the organisation of such activities. The UIAA believes that mountain regions should remain a refuge for calm and peace;...

INCREASING YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN ALL ASPECTS OF CLIMBING AND MOUNTAINEERING

The UIAA Youth Commission held its annual meeting on the weekend of 17-18 November in Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain as guest of UIAA member federation FEDME - Federación Española de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada. The Commission were treated to a warm welcome by the town's mayor, local dignitaries and members of the Andalucía section of FEDME. The Commission had a very successful meeting discussing a number of important topics including the future of the Youth Commission,...

REVIEW: UIAA INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CLIMBING CAMP IN ARIEGE

This summer, Ariège, in the picturesque region of southwest France welcomed a number of aspirant climbers from across the globe to take part in one of the UIAA’s latest International Youth Camps. The camp, held from 7-12 July, offered youngsters from diverse backgrounds and cultures the opportunity to enhance and harness their passion for mountaineering, along with the chance to develop new and lasting friendships. Under the tutelage of knowledgable instructors, the youngsters were able to make...

DETAILS: ICE CLIMBING TRAINING CAMPS IN RUSSIA AND IRAN

Two of the UIAA’s member federations are organising dedicated ice climbing training camps ahead of the 2018-2019 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour. The camps will be held in Kirov, Russia and in Polour and Meygun, Iran. The former is organised in conjunction with the Russian Mountaineering Federation (RMF) and the latter with the I.R.Iran Mountaineering & Sport Climbing Federation (IMSCF). Kirov, Russia All age categories are invited to participate. The tentative dates for the camps have been set: Training...

BLOQUEANDO: UIAA SUPPORTS ROCK CLIMBING DEVELOPMENT

Two of the three South American festivals recognised as part of the annual UIAA Rock Climbing Festival Award recently held their 2018 editions. In this article we profile a hugely successful edition of BLOQUEando, the festival awarded the 2018 UIAA Rock Climbing Festival Development Award. The UIAA Rock Climbing Festival Award, set up in 2015, is a channel for the UIAA to support and promote global rock climbing development. Its annual focus on a different continent ensures...

Safety alert for FIXE Lower-Offs

The UIAA Safety Commission, through DAV Safety Research, has again received information about a broken chain link from a FIXE belay anchor. As a consequence, the UIAA Safety Commission now recommends replacing all FIXE chains made from INOX. They can be identified by the “INOX” imprinted on the hanger. Case History [caption id="attachment_71815" align="alignleft" width="236"] Photo 1: FIXE belay anchor with two broken chain links[/caption] In the summer of 2015, DAV Safety Research was sent a torn chain...

2019 International Youth Ice Climbing Camp in Guillestre, Hautes Alpes

Please note registration for this event is closed as of 21 January, 2019. --- Registration is now open for the 2019 edition of the annual UIAA Global Youth Series Ice Climbing Camp in Guillestre. The main goal of this youth ice climbing camp is to learn and practice many forms of ice climbing: one pitch, or routes with many pitches. Dates: 24 February - 2 March, 2019 Location: In Guillestre, near Briançon in the French Alps (region Rhones Alpes, departement 05, "Hautes...

UIAA TO CO-HOST PREMIERE OF THE DAWN WALL IN SWITZERLAND

Winner of the UIAA prize at the 2018 Trento Film Festival, The Dawn Wall, a film which charts Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s epic attempt to scale the rock face by the same name, has recently be launched to international acclaim across North America, Europe and Asia. In partnership with Pathé Cinemas, Red Bull, Adventure Film Tours and the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC), the UIAA will co-host the Swiss premiere of the film in Bern on...

A GUIDE TO THE
2018-2019 UIAA ICE CLIMBING EUROPEAN TOUR

Four European Cup events will form the 2018-2019 UIAA Ice Climbing European Tour. All events are Lead only. The European Tour concept was first introduced by the UIAA for the 2018 season and was positively received by athletes. The events afford further opportunities for athletes to compete in between World Cup meets and more importantly provide the next generation of ice climbers with a platform to enter the competition side of the sport. The European season starts in...

UIAA AND IFSC DISCUSS MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST

On 30 October 2018, Board-level representatives from the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing) and the UIAA (International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation) met in Paris to discuss, in a constructive and friendly atmosphere, matters of mutual interest. A follow-on meeting is planned for Spring 2019. The participants would like to thank La Fédération Française de la Montagne et de l'Escalade (FFME) for hosting the meeting at their offices....