Argentine Law to protect and promote mountaineering

The UIAA is sharing the following press release from its member federation - Argentine Federation of Ski and Andinism (FASA) - related to free access to mountains and promotion of mountaineering in Argentina. The following press release was published on Monday 16 May, 2017 This Monday in the Delia Parodi Hall, National Congress, a draft law in favour of free access to mountains and promotion of mountaineering was presented. This law will allow public access to mountain areas for recreation and...

CHILDREN AT ALTITUDE. ESSENTIAL ADVICE.

The second in our series exploring advice from the UIAA Medical Commission’s internationally recognised Advice and Recommendations papers focuses on children. The paper ‘Children At Altitude’ provides the conservative recommendations that should be helpful for mountaineers and physicians who are required to offer advice about ascent to high altitude with children. Background Each year many thousands of lowland children travel to high altitude uneventfully. The majority of these ascents involve trips to mountain resorts, especially in North America...

Focus: Climbing site management in Belgium

The UIAA Access Commission’s series exploring access issues and the climbing and mountaineering culture of different countries continues with a visit to Belgium. This article is courtesy of Climbing and Mountaineering Belgium’s Climbing Site Managers Koen Hauchecorne and Joe Dewez. In September 2002, new legislation was adopted in the south of Belgium which required an environmental permit to be in place for the setting up, and developing of, a climbing site on natural rock. Consequently, when a local climbing federation...

2017 Respect the Mountains underway in Romania

The 2017 UIAA Respect the Mountains - partnered by KEEN - started where the 2016 campaign finished – in Romania. In early May, over 300 people, including many children and families took part in an event held on Piatra Mare (maximum altitude 1844m), with many acitvities concentrated in the forests of Dambu Morii. The area is located near Brasov, and situated close to Dracula’s Castle and Busteni. On route to the mountain summit lies one of the most popular sites in...

ANNAPURNA III – UNCLIMBED SCOOPS UIAA PRIZE

For the third successive year, the UIAA awarded the Best Climbing Film prize during the final weekend of the Trento Film Festival, held from 27 April – 7 May. This year marked the 65th edition of the festival which showcased some 118 films from 32 different countries in ten different categories. Ten films were nominated for the UIAA prize with Annapurna III – Unclimbed selected by the UIAA Award Panel as the winner. This 13-minute production from...

Integration in the Mountains

The DAV (Deutscher Alpenverein – German Alpine Club) recently launched A.L.M (Alpen. Leben. Menschen – Alps. Life. People) – a project designed to support the integration of refugees in the Bavarian Alpine region and in the foothills of the Alps. The project was created in conjunction with the Malteser Hilfsdienst (a Catholic aid agency) and with the financial support of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Foundation for the Environment). “The A.L.M project is intended to...

UIAA – NEWSLETTER, APRIL-MAY 2017. NOW PUBLISHED

The April 2017 UIAA Newsletter is now available. The outcome of discussions held at a number of recent UIAA Commission meetings have enabled the UIAA to advance on a number of subjects. Over the past month the UIAA Medical, Ice Climbing, Youth and Mountaineering Commissions have all convened. Applications continue to roll in for the 2017 UIAA Mountain Protection Award, a platform UIAA member federations can use to promote sustainable mountain-based projects in their countries. The UIAA Safety...

Ueli Steck. One of the greats

Ueli Steck, one of the world’s most revered and respected climbers and mountaineers, died in an accident in Nepal on Sunday 30 April. A brief communication on Steck’s own website reported: “Ueli Steck was killed while trying to climb Mount Everest and the Lhotse. His family has learned of his death today (30 April). The exact circumstances are currently unknown. The family is infinitely sad and asks the media builders to refrain from speculation about the circumstances...

MOUNTAIN MEDICINE: DISCUSSIONS AND DEVELOPMENTS

The UIAA Medical Commission held its annual Commission Meeting on 27 March in Kathmandu, Nepal, supported by UIAA member federation, the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). The meeting attendees comprised: George Rodway [USA, Commission president], David Hillebrandt [UK, vice-president], Buddha Basnyat [Nepal, host], Alireza Behpour [Iran], Andrew Cumpstey [UK, observer], Enrico Donegani [Italy], John McCall [Canada], Rianne van der Spek [Netherlands, minutes], Shigeru Masuyama [Japan], Shih-Hao Wang [Taiwan], Sundeep Dhillon [UK]. Among the main points discussed were: • Situation...

UIAA Mountaineering Commission meets in Keswick

The UIAA Mountaineering Commission met in Keswick, UK, in April 2017. The meeting, which was hosted by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), was attended by 16 delegates from 14 different countries. Nick Colton (Deputy CEO of the BMC) welcomed everyone and gave a fascinating presentation about climbing and mountaineering, highlighting how ethics have changed and developed in British and alpine climbing in the past 50 years. WELCOME BY THE NEW MOUNTCOM PRESIDENT [caption id="attachment_67346" align="alignleft" width="300"] UIAA...