A SIGNIFICANT DAY, A SIGNIFICANT YEAR

Monday marks International Mountain Day (IMD), an annual occasion since the United Nations General Assembly designated the 11 December an opportunity to ‘create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain people and environments around the world.’ As the international federation for climbing and mountaineering and with sustainability as one of its three core pillars, the UIAA, through...

Winners of the 12th Piolets d’Or Asia Awards

The 12th Piolets d’Or Asia Awards & 10th Golden Climbing Shoe Awards were held in Seoul, Korea on 3 November, 2017. The founding vision of the Piolets d’Or Asia Awards is to encourage and stimulate Asian alpinists who achieved pure and visionary climbing. The 12th Piolets dor Asia Award The 12th Piolets dor Asia Award was awarded to Kazuya Hiraide & Kenro Nakajima. On 22 August, 2017 Kazuya Hiraide and Kenro Nakajima completed a new route up the...

UIAA AND IFMGA SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

UIAA Mountain Protection Commission President Dr Carolina Adler attended the General Assembly of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) in Kathmandu on Friday 1 December 2017 to both join in proceedings and be present at the inauguration of the IFMGA's very own Environmental Commission, which was established earlier in the year by its founding members Dr Leif Inge Magnussen (IFMGA Guide and President, Norwegian Mountain Guides Association), Mr Mark Charlton (IFMGA Guide and member of the British Mountain...

Omega Pacific Recalls Carabiners Due to Risk of Injury or Death

The information below concerns a recall from Omega Pacific. Full story here. Name of product: Carabiners Hazard: The carabiner can break while in use, posing a risk of injury or death to the user. Remedy: Refund Replace Recall date: November 21, 2017 Recall number: 18-041 Recall Details Description: This recall involves six models of Omega Pacific G-FIRST series aluminum carabiners. They are typically used to allow ropes and harnesses to be linked together. “Omega-17 UL Classified USA” is printed on the front and “Meets NFPA 1983 17ED MBS kN 40...

UIAA Newsletter, December 2017 now published

The UIAA Newsletter for December 2017 is now available to view. During the month of November, the UIAA played a leading role in mountain sustainability discussions at both the International Federation Forum in Lausanne and in Bonn during the 23rd United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – COP23. Ahead of 11 December's International Mountain Day (IMD) titled 'Mountains under Pressure: climate, hunger, migration', the UIAA invites its member federations to share news of their IMD activities with...

APPRECIATING THE FULL PICTURE

The second in our series exploring a profound human passion for the mountains profiles Jason Williams, New Mexico-based mountain rescuer. Jason's skills and experience cover a wide range of mountain rescue sectors. He is a nationally-registered paramedic and obtained his Mountain Emergency Medicine and Rescue Diploma under the shadow of the Matterhorn in the Alpine Rescue Centre, Zermatt. Today, he is Director of the International Mountain Medicine Center at the University of New Mexico where he...

ACCESS COMMISSION PROVIDES GUIDANCE IN IRAN

In the days following the 2017 UIAA General Assembly, a dedicated workshop focusing on mountain access was held at the headquarters of the National Olympic Committee of Iran in Tehran. The workshop titled ‘Educative Access’ united members of the Iran Mountaineering and Sport Climbing federation, national executives and security and rescue authorities. Access Commission President Juan Jesús Ibáñez Martín (FEDME) represented the UIAA and defined the objectives and plans for this new task group. Martín draw on the UIAA’s...

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR UIAA ICE CLIMBING COMPETITORS

Below is a list of important updates for member federations, athletes and officials concerning the 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing season. A Welcome from Rob Adie, new UIAA Ice Climbing contact My name is Rob Adie and I have taken over as Events Coordinator from Carol Kahoun for the UIAA and will be supporting the local organisers and federations with the organisation of the 2018 ice climbing competition season. I think it’s going to be a great season...

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE UIAA ICE CLIMBING EUROPEAN CUPS

The five World Cup events which form the 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, partnered by The North Face Korea, represent the ultimate stage for competition ice climbing. In parallel, the UIAA promotes the development of ice climbing through sister events, continental championships and youth competitions. For the first time, four European Cup events will be held from early December to the end of February offering athletes with both the chance to maintain their form for...

APPLICATION OPEN FOR 2018 UIAA ROCK CLIMBING FESTIVAL AWARD

The international rock climbing community is informed that application for the 2018 UAA Rock Climbing Festival Award is now open. The annual Award was created in 2015 and is granted to the festival which best demonstrates a commitment to safety, sustainability and the development of rock climbing as a sport. The chosen festival is selected from a shortlist of applicants and chosen by the UIAA Rock Climbing Working Group. To date, Award winners have come from Africa...