SPECTACULAR FINICE
CONCLUDES EUROPEAN SEASON

Braving freezing temperatures and attacking challenging routes on a gigantic 22m structure, over 60 international athletes graced the final UIAA Ice Climbing European Cup event of the 2018 season. Oulu, Finland played host to the competition - FINICE -  from 24-25 February which saw Canada's Noah Beek (lead) and Holland's Dennis van Hoek (speed) claim the plaudits in the men's competition and local favourite Mira Alhonsuo made clean sweep of the women's event in both lead and speed....

INTRODUCING THE
UIAA ALPINE SUMMER SKILLS SERIES

The UIAA Alpine Skills Summer guide was first published in 2015. Produced in collaboration with the Petzl Foundation, the guide and has been well received worldwide and is currently available in five languages. To mark the launch of a digital version of the publication, the UIAA is running a series of articles from the guide designed to help hikers, climbers and mountaineers develop their skills and knowledge of the mountain environment. The guide was developed specifically as...

AT THE CROSSROADS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

At the 2017 UIAA General Assembly, the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation welcomed its latest member. With the election of the Malta Climbing Club (MCC) as full member, the UIAA now represents 91 member associations from 68 countries. The MCC was set up in 2010, a time when in Malta there was no truly representative climbing organisation. “It was felt that the sport needed a structure which in addition to promoting the sport locally, would also work...

THE CHADAR TREK: ESSENTIAL SAFETY ADVICE

Increasingly popular as a trekking destination among both Indian and international adventurers and tourists, the Chadar Trek, an ice passage across a fast flowing river in the Zanskar region of Ladakh, is also a route which presents a number of safety concerns. Having conducted a recent training programme in the region, Steve Long, Chair of the UIAA Training Panel, reported on the current situation on The Chadar which is characterised by a lack of clear safety...

A guide on when and how to use portable hyperbaric chambers

Portable hyperbaric chambers are designed as lightweight equipment to be used for emergency treatment of severe cases of acute mountain sickness (AMS), high altitude pulmonary oedema (HAPE), and high altitude cerebral oedema (HACE). The devices must be inflated or pressurized by hand or foot pumps. The mechanism of action is a rapid pressurization of the patient (increase of oxygen pressure) which simulates a descent of about 1500 to 2500m. The UIAA MedCom has produced a guide...

FEMALE WORLD CHAMPIONS
CLAIM CHEONGSONG PLAUDITS

Cheongsong County, the region of South Korea famous for its apple production, played host to the penultimate round of the 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour from 9-11 February. The competition, which comprised the Asian Championships, was graced by 91 athletes from 14 countries, partnered by The North Face Korea, and organised in collaboration with the Korean Alpine Federation (KAF). Speed: World Champion returns to form Practically imperious throughout each round, Ekaterina Koshcheeva, the 22-year old speed...

CHEONGSONG PREPARES FOR
THE PENULTIMATE ROUND

On the weekend the XXIII Olympic Winter Games commence some 120 kilometres further north in PyeongChang, the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup heads to Cheongsong, one of the traditional stops on its World Tour. As the penultimate round of the 2018 World Tour, results in Cheongsong are likely to have a significant bearing on the final classifications when verdicts are decided during the season finale in Kirov, Russia from 2-4 March. The World Cup event in Cheongsong provides the...

The Ogre –
Read the dramatic story of the first ascent

Towards the end of 2017, legendary British mountaineer and UIAA Management Committee member Doug Scott released The Ogre, a two-part biography documenting his and Chris Bonington’s dramatic first ascent and fight for survival on the Ogre in Pakistan’s Karakoram in 1977. Predating satellite phone communication, when an accident which resulted in Scott suffering two broken legs and Bonington smashing ribs turned their climb into a desperate fight for life, the isolated pair had only the bravery of...

FIRST SEASONAL GOLDS FOR
THREE ATHLETES IN HOHHOT

The third UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup event of the 2018 season heralded a change of leadership in the women's lead competition and three new gold medal winners for the 2018 season. Following dramatic events in Saas-Fee, Switzerland and Rabenstein, Italy, Hohhot’s purpose-built venue offered exhibitions of stylish climbing in sub-zero temperatures. In the women’s speed competition Russia’s Natalia Belyaeva claimed gold after recovering from a first climb deficit to defeat compatriot Ekaterina Koschceeva by a combined 23.24...

Supporting the growth of the
UIAA Safety Label in Asia

Promotion and development of the UIAA Safety Label has been at the forefront of the agenda for the UIAA over recent weeks with several important meetings and conferences held in Asia. Represented by Safety Commission President Amit Chowdhury and Safety Label Administrator Stephanie Stettbacher, the UIAA attended ISPO Beijing – the leading multi-sports exhibition in Asia uniting leading market players, concentrated know-how, pioneering innovations and business solutions. At this prominent tradeshow, the UIAA took the opportunity to...