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...

Remembering Kazuo Saito

The UIAA is saddened to hear about the recent passing of its honorary member Kazuo Saito. At the 2010 UIAA General Assembly in Bormio (Italy), Saito became the first UIAA honorary member from the Asian continent. This honour was bestowed in recognition for his commitment to the alpine world both in and outside his native Japan. One of his most significant accomplishments was the initiation of the establishment of the Union of Asian Alpine Associations (UAAA)...

WORKING TOGETHER TO RESPECT OUR MOUNTAINS

Following the success of the 2016 Series, the UIAA invites its international member federations, and partners, to organise their own UIAA Respect the Mountains events. The UIAA Respect the Mountains Series (RtM) – partnered by KEEN – is designed both as a direct action initiative aimed at cleaning waste from mountain regions and as an educational programme governed by the project’s guiding principles, the 7-Ways to Respect the Mountains. 2017: A global cause In 2017, the UIAA...

UIAA MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE RECONVENES IN SHEFFIELD

Sheffield, the ‘Gateway to the Peak District National Park', hosted the first UIAA Management Committee meeting of 2017 from 17-18 March. The event was organised in conjunction with the British Mountaineering Council (BMC). UIAA delegates from all continents were in attendance as a wide range of climbing and mountaineering topics were discussed. During the meeting, two new Commission Presidents were elected; Marija Andjelkovic (Serbia) – Anti-Doping and Mark Dennison (UK) – Youth. Juan Jesús Ibáñez Martín (Spain) was re-elected as Access Commission...