Trade of remains from expeditions

The UIAA is extremely grateful to its member federation Deutscher Alpenverein (German Alpine Club), DAV, for bringing to light a sensitive subject which will be of interest to fellow UIAA members and the international climbing and mountaineering community. Over the past few months, the DAV’s Alpine Museum has been offered remains from expeditions collected in Pakistan. These refer specifically to artefacts from 1934-1937 and 1953 and include papers, pennants, film boxes, oxygen bottles and human remains. During a recent...

An appreciation of mountain ecology and promotion of best mountaineering practices

Mujer Montaña, one of the organisations vying for the 2017 UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA), is currently hosting a special set of events in the Cordillera Blanca range, Peru. This latest initiative follows four hugely successful International Mountaineering and Climbing Encounters held in Bolivia, Argentina, Peru and Ecuador since 2013. The envisaged result of this latest encounter, held from 20-29 July, is to both foster a deeper awareness of, and appreciation for, mountain ecology among the...

EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION OF MOUNTAIN USERS

Supporting local communities and the recycling of tourist waste were among the main themes promoted during two recent UIAA Respect the Mountains events in the Italian Alps. Champorcher in the Aosta Valley hosted the first event on Sunday 16 July, followed two days later by a gathering in Oropa, located in the region of Biella, one reputed for its historic textile industry. Uniting both events was the organizational support of local branches of the Club Alpino...

Mountain hut benefits for UIAA members

If travelling in the mountains in the northern hemisphere summer months, a useful reminder. Courtesy of a reciprocity agreement, member federations of the UIAA are currently entitled to use over a thousands mountain huts in Europe in addition to the largest network of backcountry huts in North America, thanks to the support of the Alpine Club of Canada’s extensive network. In Europe, member federations of the UIAA are entitled to use about 1,200 mountain huts offering...

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Publication of UIAA Standard 156 Avalanche Rescue Shovels

The UIAA Safety Commission has published its 23rd safety standard. Standard 156 is dedicated to avalanche rescue shovels, “the result of a decade of work, from problem seen, to field testing, to lab testing, to standard development," explains UIAA Safety Commission President Dave Custer. The original challenge was to implement an avalanche rescue shovel standard such that a shovel would reliably withstand the loads generated in rescue activities. Anecdotal observation suggested that some shovel modes failed often during...

A first Respect The Mountains venture outside of Europe

The fourth UIAA Respect the Mountains event of 2017 was a significant one. For the very first time the UIAA’s flagship mountain clean-up project – partnered by KEEN - took place outside of the European mountains. The Manitoba province, Canada, provided the setting for this landmark occasion. Conceived as a project to encourage mountain users to unite and clean tourist areas of waste, the UIAA Respect the Mountains Series has grown in both its geographical...

IMPRESSIVE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR 2017 UIAA MOUNTAIN PROTECTION AWARD

Nepalese post-earthquake recovery programmes, a waste management scheme on Patagonia, clean climbing on Denali and brown bear conservation in Bulgaria. Just some of the diverse projects from some 15 countries to have applied for the 2017 UIAA Mountain Protection Award. Now in its fifth year, application for the 2017 Award closed on 14 July and the response from the mountain community was again impressive with 26 initiatives put forward. Projects represent a range of spheres including...

New UIAA Director of Operations begins role

The UIAA is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Director of Operations. Nils Glatthard, a Swiss national based in Meiringen in the Bernese Oberland Alps, began full-time in the role on 10 July, 2017. A member of the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC), Nils comes from a strong mountaineering lineage. His father founded the Mountaineering School of Meiringen, and today one of his three sons, Yannick, competes as an ice climber. Nils has a strong and significant...

International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) statement on Pavel Batushev

In accordance with its strict commitment to clean climbing, the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) can confirm the following: - On 28 January, 2017, during the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup event in Rabenstein, Italy, Mr Pavel Batushev, a 29-year old athlete from Russia, provided a urine sample to the UIAA Anti-Doping team. The sample was split into two separate bottles. - Both samples were transported to a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratory. The laboratory analyzed...

CHANGES TO DIMENSION OF THE ICE TOOL BOX

The UIAA Ice Climbing Commission reminds athletes about a new rule change ahead of the 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing season. This concerns the altering of the dimensions of the ice tool box which has changed from 30cm x 55cm to 25cm x 50cm. All tools athletes use in competition at the 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing season must comply with the new ice box dimensions. The complete Rules and Regulations for the 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing season will be...