SPANISH FEDERATION REINFORCING ITS COMMITMENT TO MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Over last few years, FEDME (Federación Española de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada), a full UIAA member, has reinforced its commitment to mountain safety, introducing a number of innovative and extensive measures to expand knowledge and consciousness about mountain safety on national level. One of their recent successes saw the publication of a detailed report about tests carried out on anchors in the marine environment. Here is their story. In January 2015, the Board of Directors...

Advice For Gap Year Explorers: How To Check The Quality Of A Commercially Organized Trek Or Expedition

This, the sixth article in the UIAA’s series dedicated to high-altitude medical advice, has a very clear target audience, principally trekking or expedition company operators and their potential clients, notably those on gap years, round the world tickets or taking part in charity events. As the number of mountaineers who are joining organised treks or expeditions continues to increase, so does the incidence of altitude-related diseases. Technically simple high altitude treks and peaks with easy access...

WATCH MOUNTAIN-RELATED DISCUSSIONS AT COP23

In reference to the UIAA news story published on 2 November, further details are now available regarding mountain-related discussions at the 23rd United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - COP23. In collaboration with Mountain Partnership , the UIAA will take part in a side event discussion during COP23, titled “Implementing the 2030 Agenda & Paris Agreement in mountains: building a Framework for Action”. It will be held on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 – 18.30-20.00 – Meeting Room 2, World Conference Center...

CHINESE VENUE CONFIRMED FOR 2018 WORLD CUP

Hohhot will host the Chinese leg of the 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup from 2-4 February. Located in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, Hohhot is an 80-minute flight from Beijing. The nearest airport is Hohhot Baita International Airport. The Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA) will arrange a free shuttle service to take athletes from the airport to the venue (30 minutes). A reminder that athletes must register for all events through their national federation (which must be a...

UIAA plays integral role discussing sustainability in sport at International Federation Forum

On 9 November, the UIAA took part in a panel discussion at Sport Accord’s International Federation Forum (IF) in Lausanne, Switzerland discussing the relationship between sport and biodiversity and the role of the sporting community. The theme of the three day conference was the International Federations' Impact In Leading The Way To Towards A Sustainability Agenda. The IF Forum programme is a collaboration between the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Global Association of International Sport Federations...

Discover bouldering in Fontainebleau

An opportunity for young climbers to discover bouldering in the spring of 2018. Since 2012, the Camp4 Bleau Club of the Fédération Française des Clubs Alpins et de Montagne (FFCAM) has organised an annual event for young climbers on the forest boulders : Camp4 Bleau. In 2018, from the evening of Friday May 18 to the afternoon of Monday May 21, they are pleased to invite clubs of our European neighbours to discover an exceptional climbing site in a friendly atmosphere. Accommodation: Campground in leasure Base camp...

MPA PROJECTS REWARDED FOR WORK WITH MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES

Following on from the announcement during the UIAA General Assembly in Shiraz, Iran that Mount Everest Biogas Project had won 2017 UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA), the UIAA is delighted to recognise two more projects which featured among the 22 showcased nominees. Community Action Nepal (CAN), a UK-based charity and NGO which seeks to improve the lives of the mountain people of Nepal by developing ‘grass roots’ health posts, schools, community development and income generation projects...

2018 International Youth Ice Climbing Camp in Guillestre, Hautes Alpes

Registration is now open for the first youth ice climbing camp in 2018. The main goal of this youth ice climbing camp is to learn practicing many forms of ice climbing, one pitch, or routes with many pitches. Dates: 18- 24 February 2018 Location: In Guillestre, near Briançon in south alp of france (region Rhones Alpes, departement 05, "Hautes Alpes). This is the same location of the international Ice Climbing event of L’argentière la bessée. All the ice climbing sites are...

UIAA Newsletter, November 2017 now published

The UIAA Newsletter for November 2017 is now available to view. A full review of the 2017 UIAA General Assembly held in Shiraz, Iran on 21 October is available as part of this newsletter. During the GA, Mount Everest Biogas Project was confirmed as the fifth winner of the UIAA Mountain Protection Award. The 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing season edges ever closer with the final calendar now confirmed and athlete registration open. Steve Long, Chair of the...