Establishing a Clear Pathway

The Baroque city of Turin – the first capital of Italy – provided the setting for a recent meeting of the UIAA Youth Commission (YC). The meeting marked the start of a new era for the Commission for whom Mark Dennison (BMC, UK) was recently elected as President. Dennison is a keen rock climber and has spent the past 15 years working as an outdoor instructor. He has been part of the Commission for four years...

EMERGING TALENT SCALES NEW HEIGHTS

As the most recent UIAA Ice Climbing season confirmed, Canadian Noah Beek is one of the emerging talents in the world of ice climbing. The 20-year old competed in all rounds of the 2017 season – including the UIAA Ice Climbing World Youth Championships. Beek finished the World Tour ninth overall in the lead discipline, best placing with a fourth position in Beijing, before claiming a silver medal in the Youth Worlds. Impressive figures for...

THE IMPORTANCE OF NUTRITION IN MOUNTAINEERING

“The importance of adequate caloric and fluid intake must be rated as least as highly as that of oxygen” Dr Griffith Pugh Over the past two decades, the UIAA MedCom has published a vast library of Medical Advice papers on a variety of mountain-based subjects. These papers are produced by experts in their field and relevant for a wide range of people – including doctors, trekking and expedition operators and climbers and mountaineers of all backgrounds and experiences....

Discussing all things ice climbing

The UIAA Ice Climbing Commission and UIAA Office representatives met in Paris on the weekend of 8-9 April for their annual meeting. The topics covered during the two-day meeting included: A review of the 2017 season: event debriefs, judging & route-setting reports, athletes’ reports, LOCs reports. Updates on the road to the 2022 Winter Olympics: The Pyeongchang 2018 location (where ice climbing will feature as a cultural event in the Olympic Park) has been defined and...

UIAA Request for Failed Climbing Top Anchors

The article below was also published on UKclimbing.com on 6 April, 2017. The UIAA is grateful to UKclimbing.com for its support in making climber safer. The UIAA Safety Commission is looking for samples of failed climbing top anchors to assist in several related matters with the UIAA Climbing Anchor Standard UIAA 123: (1) Top anchor inclusion in standard: we are looking to revise this standard to make specific provision for top anchors, including how to test them,...

Spread the Message! UIAA Mountain Protection Award

With the scope of opening up the UIAA Mountain Protection Award to even more people, the UIAA has published a dedicated flyer for the 2017 Award in five languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish (click on language to download). During its five years of existence, the annual UIAA Mountain Protection Award has made a tangible difference to mountain lives, communities and the environment. It has enabled people to raise finances to build key infrastructures, conduct vital research and fulfil pending goals; it has provided...

Jeff Lowe earns Lifetime Achievement Award

The annual Piolets d’Or Awards are taking place over the next week (11-15 April) in the Grenoble region. The awards were created to raise awareness about the year's greatest ascents across the world.  In parallel, they aim to celebrate the taste for adventure, the bravery and sense of exploration that lie behind the art of climbing in the world's great mountain ranges. Since 2009, through its Lifetime Achievement Award - Piolets d’Or have also made a nod...

Royal Robbins: A rock climbing giant

Royal Robbins, one of the most important figures in the world of rock climbing passed way at the age of 82 in mid March. Robbins was a skilled climber, successful businessman and above all a passionate ambassador for traditional climbing techniques notably advocating boltless, low-impact climbing. “Royal Robbins was a giant in the world of climbing who worked tirelessly and passionately to promote good practices including the concept of leaving no trace or impact on the...

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UIAA – NEWSLETTER, MARCH 2017. NOW PUBLISHED.

The March 2017 UIAA Newsletter is now available. The application phase for the fifth running of the UIAA Mountain Protection Award - created for initiatives and projects in the field of mountain sustainability - is now open. The UIAA is also inviting its members to apply to organise Respect the Mountains events in their countries and regions. In Sheffield (UK), the UIAA held its first Management Committee meeting of 2017 where two new Commission Presidents were confirmed.  The mountain access...