A FOCUS ON MOUNTAIN SPORTS AND ACCESS IN SPAIN

Spain is not only a destination with beaches of fine sand, warm temperatures, good food, sangria and fiesta. It’s also a land of history and legend and a unique destination of contrasting landscapes: from semi-desert areas at the foot of the sea to the high plateau of castles and holm-oaks; from rugged mountain ranges and narrow gorges to leafy forests; islands scattered by the trade winds and endless types of nature; and more than 1,900...

KAZAKHSTAN: A COUNTRY OF STEPPES, MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS

Kazbek Valiyev is one of the most respected and well-known climbers and mountaineers in Kazakhstan. This year marks the 35th anniversary of his pioneering climb with Valery Khrischaty and Yury Golodov when they became the first climbers from the former Soviet Union not only to scale Everest but on a new route on its south west face (to the left of the Central Gully), considered the most difficult passage to the summit. Today he is President of the Mountaineering and...

UIAA – NEWSLETTER, JUNE 2017. NOW PUBLISHED

The June 2017 UIAA Newsletter is now available. The 2017 UIAA Respect the Mountains Series, partnered by KEEN, is underway. Over 400 volunteers participated in the season's opening two events collecting over a tonne of waste from mountain regions and outdoor areas. This year the Series makes its first steps outside of Europe and focuses increasingly on the educational messages proposed by the project's 7-Ways to Respect the Mountains. The proposal for Alpinism to become a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage...

THE MAPMAKERS. EXPLORING THE WORK OF A ROUTESETTER.

Routesetting is one of the most important roles in ice climbing. Defining a vertical parcours which is technically challenging, exciting and fair for all athletes is a significant and skilled task. Russia’s Vasily Terekhin is an aspirant routesetter and one of the key members of the UIAA’s technical team of ice climbing experts deployed to map out courses during the annual Ice Climbing World Tour. “I believe that every athlete is in some way a routesetter,”...

TRAVELLING WISE TO RESPECT THE MOUNTAINS

A female statue, a World War II helmet and an accountant’s calculator. Just some of the waste cleared from the forests of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany on Sunday 28 May during the second UIAA Respect the Mountains event of 2017. The successful day was organised by the UIAA in conjunction with the Freiburg forest department and the local section of the DAV. The UIAA Respect the Mountains series is partnered by KEEN. Following the opening event of...

SUPPORT FOR ALPINISM AS AN INTANGIBLE CULTURAL WORLD HERITAGE

During March’s UIAA Management Committee meeting in Sheffield, the proposal to back the notion of Alpinism becoming recognised as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural World Heritage was unanimously supported. Full details on the origins of the proposal can be found in a dedicated article on the UIAA website. Please click here for further details. This proposition was initially put forward by the Fédération Française des Clubs Alpins et de Montagne (FFCAM). For the proposal to meet UNESCO requirements,...

3rd Iran Climbing International Summer Camp

Application is now open for the UIAA Global Youth Summit (GYS) event taking place on Mount Damavand (5671m) and Mount Alam kuh (4848m), Iran from 7-19 July. Introduction and philosophy: As a result of the collaboration between the UIAA and the I.R Iran Mountaineering & Sport Climbing Federation (IMSCF), this is the third time the Summer Climbing Camp has been held in Iran as part of the GYS. The first camp was held successfully on Damavand in 2015 and a second camp, based on...

Bern hosts UIAA Mountain Protection Commission meeting

A busy period of UIAA Commission meetings continued on Saturday 20 May with the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission reconvening at the UIAA headquarters in Bern, Switzerland. The meeting was led by Commission President Carolina Adler, supported by office representative Gloria Scarano and UIAA Executive Board (EB) Member Pier Giorgio Oliveti. Four members of the Commission were also in attendance – Stephen Goodwin (AC, UK), Michael Maunsell (MI, Ireland), Mattia Sella (CAI, Italy) and Joop Spijker (NKBV, The...

UIAA ANNOUNCES 2017 RESPECT THE MOUNTAINS DATES

Get involved with mountain clean-up events in your region. Following the success of the inaugural 2016 Series, the UIAA, with the support of its member federations and project partner KEEN, has put in place a calendar of 2017 Respect the Mountains events. The UIAA Respect the Mountains Series is twofold, designed as a direct action programme aimed at cleaning mountainous areas of waste; secondly about educating all mountain users about the importance of good practices through the...

The UIAA to visit Outdoor2017

The UIAA looks forward to taking the opportunity to meet with partners, member federations and stakeholders in the world of climbing and mountaineering at the Outdoor2017 trade show held in Friedrichshafen, Germany from 18-21 June. The 24th edition of Outdoor will welcome 965 exhibitors from 40 countries and sees leading international brands attending and numerous new themes. The outdoor marketplace is evolving further and opening up more to new sectors that address a wider target group. The organisers...