SPORTS INDUSTRY UNITES TO DISCUSS ITS IMPACT ON NATURE

Following on from its contribution to the International Federations’ Impact In Leading The Way To Towards A Sustainability Agenda meeting in November 2017, the UIAA was one of twenty major federations to participate in a workshop dedicated to biodiversity conservation and organised by the IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature held in Gland, Switzerland on 9 April. The session was chaired by Giulia Carbone, Deputy Head of Global Business and Biodiversity at the IUCN, and...

UPDATE: INDIAN MOUNTAINEERING FOUNDATION ORGANISES MAJOR MOUNTAINEERING FESTIVAL

The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) is organising a Mountaineering Festival at four locations in the Indian Himalaya. Each location is unique offering some truly exciting challenges for international climbers. The aim of the 2018-2019 Mountain Festival is to facilitate easier access to the Indian Himalayas to mountaineers and trekkers from across the globe. The Festival also aims to help climbers develop their mountain skills and understanding of safety practices. The festival will take place across the...

Mountain Skills: Criteria to consider
when planning a route

Making good decisions regarding group safety is not always easy, especially if these decisions prove unpopular. Before reaching the right decision, you must have the right tools. This includes assessing the following criteria when planning a route: It is the responsibility of the group leader to evaluate each outing (mountaineering, trekking, climbing, etc.) in terms of: The route’s overall difficulty: technical rating, condition of the mountain, his or her familiarity (or lack thereof) with the route/route-finding, etc. Participants’ competencies: experience, conditioning,...

UIAA Newsletter, March 2018, now published

The UIAA Newsletter for March 2018 is now available to view. Hosted by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), March's UIAA Management Committee meetings provided a chance for delegates and Commission Presidents to reconvene and discuss the UIAA's progress following on from October's General Assembly. The meetings concluded with a special press conference to mark the launch of the 2018 UIAA Mountain Protection Award. The 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour concluded in Russia in early March with the final...

2018 UIAA MOUNTAIN PROTECTION AWARD OPENS FOLLOWING MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETINGS IN NEPAL

Kathmandu, Nepal hosted UIAA Executive Board and Management Committee meetings from 22-24 March, an opportunity for UIAA delegates from around the world to exchange ideas, advance on strategic discussions and share updates on progress following October’s UIAA General Assembly held in Shiraz, Iran. The meetings were hosted by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and bookmarked by two special discussions. During the opening ceremony, representatives from both the UIAA and the NMA – including the organisations’ respective...

Golden rules for novice climbers

Our latest UIAA MedCom advice article focuses on a less technical, less high-altitude related subject. Instead it is directed at general suggestions designed to guide those who are unfamiliar or less experienced with mountain terrain and who wish to hike or climb. This information is published in the UIAA MedCom paper No: 1: 4x4 Health Rules for Mountaineers. The paper is available in English, Chinese, Czech, German, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Polish, Russian and Spanish. Before departure to...

FROM THE ARCHIVES:
THE INAUGURAL UIAA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The first UIAA assembly took place in 1933 at Cortina d'Ampezzo at the invitation of the Italian Alpine Club and in the shape of a fourth international mountaineering congress. Thirty-three organizations were present, emanating from eighteen countries which were the real founders of the Union: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, the United States, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia; but in the end the UIAA was to consist of no more than...

Registration open for 2018 Youth Climbing Camp in Ariege

Registration is open for the UIAA Global Youth event in Ariege, France. The camp takes place from 7-12 July and is open to youngsters from 16-25 years old. The main goal of the camp is to help young climbers develop their skills - on single or multi-pitches and on different types of rock. Full programme and registration details here....

Application now open for 2018 International Climbers’ Meet

The American Alpine Club (AAC) is hosting its 10th annual International Climbers’ Meet (ICM), to be held the week of 7-14 October in Yosemite Valley.  The ICM offers three days of education programming, host climbers available for guidance, and, as per usual, an international cast of characters that will be crushing Yosemite. Applicants should have intermediate or advanced level experience with: Placement and removal of protection Multi-pitch rope management At least two years of technical rock...

Mountain Skills: The most common group dynamics

The latest in our series of extracts from the UIAA Alpine Skills Summer handbook focuses on group dynamics and forms part of a chapter dedicated to 'Leading a Group'  which tackles the way people behave and relate to others in an exacting environment which can elicit unexpected aspects of people's personalities. Groups are their own creatures, and group members with the greatest charisma, authority or self-assurance will set the tone. Some groups are very cautious, while others are quite bold...