SAFETY CONCERNS: ACCESS RESTRICTED TO MONT BLANC

As reported in several international news outlets over the past few days, including the BBC, French authorities have issued a decree restricting access to the summit of Mont Blanc. The reasons are related to overcrowding and 'safety and public order' risks. As the BBC reports, the current restrictions, related to the peak's 'Royal Route' will be imposed for eight days from 14 July. The restrictions mean that only climbers who can prove that they already have a...

MOUNTAIN SKILLS: How to provide assistance to a partner stuck mid-rappel

Your partner is in trouble (e.g., knot stuck in his rappel device, friction hitch has jammed, etc.)—he is stuck mid-rappel! The following steps will let you free him either from above or below. Freeing your partner from above 1 — Reach your stuck partner by rappelling down the rope under tension. 2 — Stop approximately 1 meter above your partner. 3 — Make a safety knot in the slack rope below your partner. This knot will prevent slippage should anything go wrong. 4 — Using a...

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF USING HIKING STICKS IN THE MOUNTAINS

The UIAA Medical Commission has produced a dedicated paper on the use of hiking sticks. It was first published in 2008 and is available in Czech, English, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Many hikers, mountaineers and climbers use telescopic (hiking) sticks because they may aid walking up/downhill and may also ease the strain on the spine and the lower extremity joints particularly the knees. The reductions during downhill walking with hiking poles are...

CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 UIAA ROCK CLIMBING FESTIVAL AWARD

First launched in 2015, the annual UIAA Rock Climbing Festival Award is a celebration of rock climbing in its purest form, placing an emphasis on events which put the climber and the sustainable development of rock climbing at its very core. The Award recognises festivals which meet, or excel, in some or all of the criteria of the UIAA Award. In more specific terms, this refers to festivals which inspire the development of climbing in their...

RTM18: Focolaccia Pass, Italy. English translation

The Italian UIAA Respect  the Mountains event of 2018 will take place in Tuscany, on the Apuan Alps. CAI-Italian Alpine Club contact person: Luca Tommasi. Event Timing: 08.07.2018 starting from 09:30 Event Location: Focolaccia Pass (MS) Meeting point: hut Guido Donegani parking, Località Orto di Donna – 55034 Minucciano (Lucca) Contact: Mr. Luca Tommasi  tommasiacustica@gmail.com  Tel: +39 347 6483265 The clean-up hike will reach the Focolaccia Pass (1650 ,) and the hut Aronte. Difficulty of the hike: EE  - 4 hours Afternoon activity: Music...

2018 UIAA ROCK CLIMBING FESTIVAL AWARD CANDIDATE: 11th Capixaba Climbing Festival

Location: Castelo (City), Espírito Santo (State) - (Brazil) Date: 30 November - 2 December, 2018 Links: Website - Social Estimated Number of Participants: +200 ABOUT THE EVENT The Capixaba Climbing Festival (XI Encontro Capixaba de Escalada) was created in 2006 by the Capixaba Climbing Association (ACE in Portuguese) to celebrate and develop climbing in the State and strengthen community building. Every year, the festival is held in a different town in order to promote and foster climbing and our ethics throughout the State and attract more...

2018 UIAA ROCK CLIMBING FESTIVAL AWARD CANDIDATE: BLOQUEando 2018

Location: Pomani, La Paz (Bolivia) Date: 26-28 October, 2018 Links: Website - Facebook Estimated Number of Participants: 200 ABOUT THE EVENT BLOQUEando 2018 will be the 12th edition, undoubtedly the biggest and most important event of its kind and a reference for the practice of sport climbing and bouldering in Bolivia. It is a three-day event where climbers are able to develop their skills, exchange experiences and techniques. It includes three days of rock climbing in a new climbing location with more...

2018 UIAA ROCK CLIMBING FESTIVAL AWARD CANDIDATE: Festival de Boulder de Mar del Plata

Location: Sierra de Los Padres, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires (Argentina) Date: 20-21 October, 2018 Links: Website - Facebook Estimated number of Participants: +500 ABOUT THE EVENT The Festival de Boulder de Mar del Plata celebrates its 18th anniversary this year. The festival takes place on natural rock and welcomes approximately 500 people. It is not a competitive event, instead it places an emphasis on conservation and free access to natural areas. The Festival de Boulder de Mar del Plata is one of...