NATURAL ROCK FOR ADVENTURE CLIMBING: FRESH CONCERNS

As part of its commitment to raising awareness about the importance of preserving natural rock and to reducing indiscriminate bolting, the UIAA is sharing an article from Norwegian climber Robert Caspersen concerning an expedition made in late 2017 with three friends to climb the high east face of Gessnertind (3020m) in Antarctica. The article is published on the Norrøna Sport website. The article was brought to the UIAA’s attention by former UIAA Management Committee member and legendary mountaineer...

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UIAA announces 24th Safety Standard

The International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation - UIAA - is delighted to announce the publication of its 24th international safety standard for climbing and mountaineering equipment. After extensive research and development, the UIAA published Standard 109 dedicated to Belay Lanyards in June 2018. Standard 109 can be downloaded here. The Standard is currently available for testing at Apave SudEurope in France. Further details can be found here. The UIAA has spearheaded the development of safety standards for climbing...

Lending climbers a stronger voice

Climb the Hill began in 2016 to give climbers a stronger voice in Washington, D.C.. Co-hosted by The American Alpine Club and the Access Fund, the event brings together more than 60 professional climbers, industry leaders and partner organizations to advocate for public lands and a robust outdoor recreation economy. The relationships we develop with lawmakers are integral in shaping public policy issues that affect the climbing and broader outdoor community. Climbers represent a politically diverse...

MOUNTAIN SKILLS: WHAT WEAKENS A ROPE

The latest extract from the UIAA Alpine Summer Skills Handbook focuses on the factors which weaken a rope and features as part of a chapter dedicated to Equipment. Limitations of a dynamic rope A wet rope will be heavier and harder to use. If your rope freezes, its performance capabilities diminish (by almost half compared to a dry rope). A rope can easily burn or “melt” under severe friction (a large fall, an excessively fast rappel,...

LAUNCH: 2019 UIAA ICE CLIMBING SEASON CALENDAR

The UIAA is delighted to confirm the calendar for the 2019 Ice Climbing World Tour. Comprising a comprehensive and impressive programme of events, the 2019 calendar is the biggest to date and includes six World Cup events, four European Cups, a World Championships, a World Combined Championships and a World Youth Championships. The World Tour will visit ten different countries on three continents and features two events taking place in major cities – Moscow and Denver. “The...

SKYLOTEC: PRECAUTIONARY CALL FOR INSPECTION CHECK OF VIA FERRATA SETS

UIAA Safety Label holder Skylotec has published the following information related to its via ferrata sets and in particular all SKYSAFE carabiners. The message from Skylotec: The brand SKYLOTEC stands for the highest safety in industry and mountain sport. In the critical area of via ferrata sets in particular, we aim to have the “safest via ferrata set on the market” since we launched the “RIDER”. Our quality controls are accordingly stringent. During the routine quality check...

2018 UIAA RESPECT THE MOUNTAINS DATES RELEASED

The UIAA is delighted to announce the dates for the 2018 UIAA Respect the Mountains events. A fundamental part of its commitment to mountain protection, the Respect the Mountains series has been organised by the UIAA since 2016. Since when nearly 1,500 mountain users have united to collect nearly eight tonnes of waste from 18 events. The events, predominantly held in mountain resorts in Europe, combine direct action clearing of mountain slopes, paths and forests with...

Submit examples of climbing anchor corrosion

The UIAA Safety Commission is looking for samples of failed climbing anchors to assist in several related matters with the UIAA Climbing Anchor Standard UIAA 123. The Anchor Corrosion project is part of the UIAA's commitment to continually researching and innovating in order to further develop its international standards for climbing equipment. The UIAA SafeCom team dedicated to the project are studying factors ranging from the impact of temperature and humidity, pollution and chlorides on...

KEY DISCUSSION AND DECISION POINTS FROM UIAA EXECUTIVE BOARD

With the objective of providing UIAA member federations with more timely updates related to UIAA operations and in particular decisions taken at Executive Board level, the UIAA will publish Key Discussion and Decision Points from all future EB meetings. The first such document - from the 12 May meeting in Lisbon, Portugal - is now available and can be downloaded here. The documents will be available to view at all times in our Members’ Area. Information related to...

A GLOBAL COMMITMENT TO CLIMBER SAFETY

Uniting representatives from global climbing equipment manufacturers and testing laboratories and national delegates from UIAA member associations, the annual UIAA SafeCom meet is a crucial opportunity for leading players in the field of mountain safety to discuss the current challenges facing the climbing world and to present progress on innovations and developments. This year’s session was held in Porto, Portugal from 14-16 May and hosted by Clube Nacional de Montanhismo CNM. For the first time chaired...