IRAN. PRIMED TO HOST THE WORLD OF CLIMBING AND MOUNTAINEERING

Shiraz, renowned for its green spaces and vibrant literary scene - earning the sixth-largest city in Iran the interchangeable nicknames the ‘city of gardens’ and ‘city of poets’ -, will provide the setting for the 2017 UIAA General Assembly on Saturday, 21 October. Hosting the event is the I.R Iran Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation (IMSCF), a historic, dynamic institution looking forward to welcoming the UIAA and the international climbing and mountaineering community in a...

Nepal Mountaineering Association elects new President

The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) held an election of its Central Executive Board on 5 August, 2017.  The elections saw Mr Santa Bir Lama elected as the federation's new President for the period 2017-2020. Mr Santa Bir Lama succeeds UIAA honorary member Mr Ang Tshering Sherpa as NMA President. Further details can be found on the NMA website.  ...

Historic ascent of Shispare northeast face

As reported to the UIAA by its Honorary Member Tom Nakamura (Japan), Kazuya Hiraide and Kenro Nakajima successfully summited the 7611m peak of Shispare, Pakistan, via a new route of the northeast face at 14:30 on 22 August. This is considered to be the first ascent of the northeast face of Shispare and becomes one of the stand out mountaineering achievements of the year. The pair successfully descended the northeast ridge and into the Hunza Valley on 25...

SAFETY RESOURCES FOR CLIMBERS AND MOUNTAINEERS

Throughout its history, mountain safety has been at the forefront of the UIAA’s activities. Today it is one of the three core pillars of the federation. The UIAA Safety Label, and associated safety standards, have been in operation since the 1960s. Today, the UIAA continues to develop and evolve international standards for climbing and mountaineering equipment and currently accredits over 2,100 safety labels to some 70 manufacturers around the world. In July 2017, the UIAA published its...

UIAA ACCESS COMMISSION MEETS IN BERN

The UIAA Access Commission held its annual meeting on the weekend of 19-20 August. The meeting took place at the UIAA’s headquarters in Bern, Switzerland. During the meeting, led by UIAA Access Commission President Juan Jesús Ibáñez Martín (FEDME), the Commission discussed the following points: Definition of their 4-year plan in accordance with the current Strategic Plan of the UIAA; Review of restrictions related to free, responsible access in different parts of the world and initiatives...