Progress on Safety Standards for Avalanche rescue shovels and probes

In 2013, the UIAA Safety Commission (SafeCom) undertook the development of worldwide minimum standards for avalanche probes and shovels. Previously, formal requirements for avalanche shovels and probes only existed for participation in International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF) ski touring races, mainly with the aim to ensure equal and fair racing conditions for all athletes. While not legally binding, UIAA SafeCom standards represent a self-regulatory approach for the only worldwide, industry standard for mountain safety equipment. Initially,...

Les Frères Ladevant: Always Climbing

Whether in the gym, on the walls of a World Cup venue or climbing in their beloved Alps, the Ladevant brothers are inseparable. Almost three years divide older brother Tristan, 20, and Louna, 17. In their two full seasons on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, the French pair have climbed with energy and panache, demonstrated considerable potential and progress and become an integral part of the ice climbing circuit. Another factor which makes them stand out...

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH EVENT: MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL AND INTERNATIONAL ROCK CLIMBING IN FYR MACEDONIA

Held from 24-31 August in Demir Kapija, FYR Macedonia, the UIAA Youth Commission, in partnership with the Russian Mountaineering Federation, Macedonian Mountain Sport Federation and Macedonian Sport Climbing Federation is organising a youth mountain festival and international rock climbing class. The event is open to youngsters from 13-25+ years old. Activities include rock climbing, training, hiking, competitions, mountaineering, ecological and cultural activities and throughout opportunities to develop friendships. Details on logistics, accommodation, pricing and equipment...

MOUNTAIN SKILLS: How to quickly protect a belay station

Always protect your belay station with a redirect point in order to limit the consequences of a lead fall. Ideally this should be a high anchor that is separate to the belay station, however this is not always possible. If the belay station is bomber, the lead climber can clip one of the anchor points as his redirect. There should always be a minimum of 1.5 meters between this redirect and the belayer’s hands, which may require the belayer to lengthen his tether/tie-in...