A FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG ICE CLIMBERS

In collaboration with the UIAA, the Russian Mountaineering Federation is organizing a training camp for young competition ice climbers in Kirov, Russia this year. These camps, led by  expert officials and coaches, have proved very popular in the past with a number of national teams and athletes benefitting from the invaluable experience. Last year ice climbers from India, Mongolia, Croatia and Iran amongst others took part. The latter team in particular demonstrated the progress made courtesy of...

REVIEW: 2017 UIAA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Shiraz, Iran hosted the 2017 UIAA General Assembly on Saturday 21 October.  Delegates representing UIAA member associations on all six continents attended the annual meeting organised by the Iran Mountaineering and Sports Climbing Federation (IMSCF). Copyright/Sharif Nouri On opening the session, UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt reflected on the past twelve months: “Looking at the achievements of the past year, I am proud of the progress we have made in terms of our Strategic Plan 2017-2020. Our global...

QUALITY CONTROL. ROBUSTNESS. SHARING BEST PRACTICES. THE BENEFITS OF UIAA TRAINING QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBER FEDERATIONS.

Training is a fundamental component of the UIAA’s commitment to mountain safety and advancing climbing and mountaineering skills worldwide. In fulfilling this mission, the UIAA has been active in the field of accrediting qualifications (today Mountain Qualification Labels) since 1993, when the original four standards were adopted by the General Assembly in Santiago. The qualifications were developed in order to help harmonise qualification programmes worldwide, to share good practices and to support member federations who do...

From Domžale to Kirov. 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing calendar confirmed

Prepare your crampons, sharpen your ice axes and hone your figure 4s. The 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing calendar has now been finalized with competition commencing on 2 December in Domžale, Slovenia and closing three months later with the World Cup finale in Kirov, Russia. Ten different countries will host events with in excess of 400 ice climbers expected to take part in the season. “The new season promises to be bigger than ever with a number...

First ascent of Mount Burke Khang confirmed

A group of climbers have become the first people to summit Mount Burke Khang as confirmed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and Asian Trekking. Noel Hanna of Northern Irland, high altitude climber Sirdar Naga Dorje Sherpa of Nepal, HAS Pemba Tshering Sherp and HAS Samden Bhote reached the summit of Mount Burke Khang (6942m), Khumbu Himal, Nepal on 5 October, 2017 at 12:05. The expedition team was led by Bill Burke of United States, who at 72...

Global projects vying for 2017 UIAA Mountain Protection Award

Twenty-two international projects have been nominated for the 2017 UIAA Mountain Protection Award. From the Irish hills to the European Alps; from Everest to Patagonia and Denali to Damavand, the 2017 Award unites a rich, diverse array of projects across climate change, culture and education, waste management and disposal, conservation of biodiversity and resources and energy consumption. ...

UIAA contributes to Achieving SDGs through Sport discussion

On 5 October in the Olympic Capital of Lausanne, more than 130 representatives of international organisations, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), international sports federations (IFs) and civil society discussed strategies and possible forms of collaboration to implement the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals through sport. Recognised for its commitment to mountain sustainability and as key promoters for mountaineering and responsible mountain recreation, the UIAA was invited to take part in a panel discussion dedicated to ‘IOC...

FOAM MATTRESS, TOASTERS AND BOW TIES COLLECTED IN SEASON FINALE EVENTS

The 2017 UIAA Respect the Mountains season, partnered by KEEN, concluded at the end of September with back-to-back events in Tenerife, Spain and in Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed, Wales, two venues to have featured in the 2016 Series. The event in Tenerife was organized as part of the Tenerife Walking Festival project and held over two days; the first evening dedicated to a talks from different speakers focusing on the ‘Zero footprint’ concept. The UIAA Respect the Mountains Series...