FAMILY, FRIENDS AND THE MOUNTAINS

To mark International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March, the UIAA dedicated the latest instalment of its Passion for the Mountains series to exploring how, and when, a lifetime relationship with the mountain environment commenced for a number of women with close ties to the UIAA. Uniting all of these entries is the importance, and influence, of family and friendships.   Hilde Aass President, Norwegian Alpine Club - Norsk Tindeklub, Norway Growing up in Norway, the mountains and nature have...

EASING ROCK CLIMBING
ISSUES IN JAPAN

Focusing on the access landscape in five countries in 2017 - Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Poland and Spain - the UIAA Access Commission's Series continues with a brief article about Japan, submitted by Hitoshi Onodera, Commission Member from the Japanese Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Association. Japan, despite being an island and a relatively small country in terms of land mass, has numerous mountainous and rocky areas. These may not be high mountains - there are several +3000m peaks and the iconic Fuji is...

EARLY OPENING OF MOUNTAIN HUTS AT OISANS/ ÉCRINS

The following communication is courtesy of UIAA member FFCAM (Fédération française des clubs alpins et de montagne) regarding the early opening of ten refuges in the Massif des Ecrins for visitors interested in cross-country skiing and other activities. Refuges will open from 24 March. A reminder that courtesy of a reciprocity agreement, climbers from member federations of the UIAA are entitled to use about 1,200 mountain huts in the entire alpine region, including those run by FFCAM, – from...

Youth Report: 2018 UIAA Ice climbing camp in Guillestre

The first UIAA Global Youth Summit Event of 2018 was held in Guillestre, Hautes-Alpes, France from 18-24 February. It took the form of an ice climbing camp. The following report is courtesy of UIAA Youth Commission member and event organiser Christian Biard (FFCAM) and translated by Pierre Hullin. Many different teams were present, a good illustration of the Fédération française des clubs alpins et de montagne (FFCAM) involvement towards the young and towards ice climbing activities: Ice...

2018 UIAA MOUNTAIN PROTECTION AWARD. THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS.

Application for the 2018 UIAA Mountain Protection Award opens on Saturday 24 March. Entering its sixth year, the Award is an internationally-recognised platform for sustainability-conscious and mountaineering-focused tourism and recreation-based projects operating in the mountain environment. The official opening of the 2018 Award follows shortly after a special presentation for the 2017 UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA) winner in Kathmandu, Nepal. The team of Mount Everest Biogas Project, led by project co-founder Garry Porter, will collect the...

Mountain Skills: How to navigate in poor visibility

Orienting yourself in the mountains in good weather poses few problems for the attentive navigator. It is, however, quite different with reduced visibility. In a thick fog, even the most seasoned mountaineer has no point of reference. Although you can navigate in bad weather with a solid command of map and compass or your GPS unit, this is a trying scenario that is best avoided. In mountain terrain with bad weather, poor visibility should lead to your abandoning your...

EXPERIENCE AND YOUTH TO THE FORE IN KIROV

At their home World Cup, some of the world's leading ice climbers embraced the opportunity to end the season quite literally on a high while emerging talents offered a tantalising glimpse of what the future may hold. A superb 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, partnered by The North Face Korea, which witnessed five contrasting and enthralling World Cup events on two continents and five countries, concluded in Kirov, Russia from 2-4 March. In front of another vast audience...

KIROV. WHERE CHAMPIONS WILL BE CROWNED

For the first time since 2015, Kirov, Russia plays host to a UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup competition. It promises to be quite the occasion. With the overall season standings delicately poised the deciding act in the 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, partnered by The North Face Korea, will determine the overall male and female World Tour champions in both lead and speed. There are also four World Cup gold medals still up for...

COUSIN TRESTEC: TECHNICAL PARTNER OF THE UIAA 2018 ICE CLIMBING WORLD CUP FINAL STAGE AND EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN KIROV, RUSSIA

Cousin Trestec will be the technical partner of the UIAA 2018 Ice Climbing World Cup final stage and European Championship, held in Kirov, Russia on March 2nd-4th. Cousin Trestec is happy to take part in the UIAA 2018 Ice Climbing World Cup and European championship in Kirov, Russia in partnership with ICE ROCK and Vertical Ltd, Cousin Trestec’s distributor in the Russian Federation. Athletes will be using Cousin Trestec dynamic UIAA rope Optima 8.9 Dry for the...

UIAA Newsletter, February 2018, now published

The UIAA Newsletter for February 2018 is now available to view. The UIAA Alpine Summer Skills guide is now available worldwide as a digital download. In the field of mountain safety, the UIAA and the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) publish recommendations related to The Chadar Trek. The use of portable hyperbaric chambers is the subject of the UIAA's latest medical advice profile. In Asia, the UIAA Safety Label continues to make progress in an rapidly expanding market. The 2018...