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...

State of Affairs: Mountain and climbing areas access in Argentina. Argentinean Ski and Andinism Federation (FASA)

The following article is courtesy of Esteban Degregori (member of the UIAA Access Commission, Regional Director of Access PanAm and President of Acceso Buenos Aires) Argentinean territory holds 5,000 kilometers of the Andes mountain range. Additionally, our country's geology exhibits other scattered ranges which are ideal for activities such as hiking, trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing and high altitude mountaineering. During the last 20 years the number of people taking part in outdoor activities has grown exponentially, a...

Applications open for 2017 International Climbers’ Meet

The American Alpine Club (AAC) is hosting its 10th annual International Climbers’ Meet (ICM), to be held the week of 8 - 14 October, 2017 in Yosemite Valley.  This year, the AAC will have three days of education programming, host climbers available for guidance, and, per usual, an international cast of characters that will be crushing Yosemite. Applicants should have intermediate or advanced level experience with: Placement and removal of protection Multi-pitch rope management At least two...

UIAA presents best climbing film at SHAFF

Held between 17-19 March, the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (SHAFF), showcases more than 100 of the best adventure, travel and extreme sports films hand-picked around the world. The event is presented by the British Mountaineering Council. Among the Awards presented at this year’s festival was the UIAA Best Climbing Film. Recipient of the Award was Dodo’s Delight, a 28-minute US-produced film directed by Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, Josh Lowell and Sean Villanueva-O'Driscoll. Below is SHAFF’s description of...

THE UIAA HIRING DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – is looking for a Director of Operations for its headquarters located in Bern, Switzerland. The successful candidate will report to the UIAA Executive Board (EB) and be responsible for the overall coordination of the UIAA’s activities, lead and manage the office staff, work with the Management Committee and various commissions. To apply please send your cv together with a cover letter stating your credentials for the role. Starting...

Celebrating the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

Following three outstanding editions, April 6 - the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) - has become one of the best means to highlight sport as a universal tool for development and peace and an occasion supported by the UIAA. Ahead of the 2017 edition, UIAA member federations are invited to participate in this special occasion. There are two ways to participate: one is to celebrate IDSDP by taking action and the second is to...

Return of the Climber’s Manifesto

Continuing the Climber's Manifesto series - the UIAA's ten pledges for climbers and mountaineers. #2 Aspire to leave no trace on the rock face or mountain side when I climb. On bolted climbs I will respect the rock and minimize my impact, adhering to local agreements, ethics and values. The UIAA first published the ‘UIAA Recommendations on the Preservation of Natural Rock for Adventure Climbing’ in 2014. The document, spearheaded by longstanding UIAA Management Committee member Doug Scott,...