ALPINISM: Application as an Intangible Cultural World Heritage

The following information has been put forward by the Fédération française des clubs alpins et de montagne (FFCAM) and produced in collaboration with UIAA honorary member Claude Eckhardt. What? The UIAA supports the many facets that make up the mountaineering movement. Among them, alpinism is an activity with special and high human, social and cultural values. Alpinism is undoubtedly a sport, requiring both athletic qualities and technical expertise. However, it is not enough to define it by these mere...

Discussing climbing at ISPO Beijing

Following on from the UIAA’s presence at ISPO Munich in early February (read here), where it met with over twenty UIAA Safety Label holders, the federation was present at ISPO Beijing from 15-18 February. ISPO Beijing is the leading multi-segment sports exhibition in Asia; and the one place where it all comes together: all the market players, the concentrated know-how and expertise, to pioneering innovations. The event is a major networking opportunity for the Asia-Pacific region. [caption id="attachment_66788"...

AN AWARD WHICH MAKES A TELLING DIFFERENCE

Application for the 2017 UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA) opens in early March. Embarking on in its fifth year, the MPA is an internationally-recognised forum for projects, companies and initiatives which support sustainable tourist practices in mountain regions. The 2016 Award showcased 23 projects from 19 different countries on five continents, with Mountain Wilderness from France chosen as the winning project. In 2014, the Pamir Horse Adventure project, a Tajikstan-based community tour operator, received the award...

UIAA Safety Commission video: Magic-X test demonstration

The UIAA Safety Commission has produced a video dedicated to Magic-X (sometimes referred to as 'Sliding X') test demonstrations. The tests were conducted at the UIAA Safety Commission meeting in Arco, Italy, September 2006. Testing and data acquisition by the Club Alpino Italiano (CAI) &  the UIAA Safety Commission.  The video produced by UIAA Safety Commission President Dave Custer for the UIAA. Soundtrack "Bust That Bust This" by Professor Kliq. CC:NC-BY-SA Further details: UIAA Safety Label UIAA Safety Standards...

Youth ice climbers come to the fore

Champagny-en-Vanoise in the French Alps witnessed the closing act of the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing season from 10-11 February. After five World Cup events on three continents and the biennial World Championships at the same venue last weekend, it was the turn of the youth athletes to take centre stage. The annual UIAA Ice Climbing World Youth Championships provides the next generation of talented ice climbers with the chance to develop their skills in a highly...

Youth ice climbers to take centre stage

There is one final act in the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing season, partnered by The North Face Korea. A week on from the biennial UIAA Ice Climbing World Championships, the famed ice tower of Champagny-en-Vanoise, France will host the Youth World Championships. The event is an important component of the UIAA's commitment to not only ice climbing but youth participation in climbing and mountaineering as a whole. Action starts tomorrow, Friday 10 February and concludes on Saturday...

UIAA and Safety Label holders convene at ISPO Munich

ISPO Munich, the world’s largest trade show for the sports business, closes today Wednesday 8 February. Over the past few days the UIAA Safety Label team, headed by Stephanie Stettbacher, has been present in Munich and taken the opportunity to meet with many existing UIAA Safety Label holder manufacturers. These included: Arc’Teryx Austria Alpine Black Diamond Camp Cassin Climbing Technology Cousin Trestec DMM Edelrid Grivel Kong Mammut Millet Ocun Petzl Salewa Singing Rock Stubai Sterling Rope Tech Rock Tendon Usang The UIAA Safety Label team provided safety label holding manufacturers with a UIAA safety label sticker to attach to...

Review: 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Championships

The biennial UIAA Ice Climbing World Championships - the pinnacle event in the UIAA ice climbing season - was held from 4-5 February, 2017 in Champagny-en-Vanoise, France. Prevailing from a field of over 125 athletes from 26 countries were Russian athletes Pavel Batushev and Maria Tolokonina in speed and South Korea's HeeYong Park and Woonseon Shin in lead. The 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing season is partnered by The North Face Korea. Lead: Down to the wire 72 men and...

DOWN TO THE WIRE IN THE UIAA ICE CLIMBING LEAD WORLDS

NEWS FLASH: Woonseon Shin (KOR) and HeeYong Park (KOR) are the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Champions in lead. 72 men and 34 women started the lead competition on the famed ice structure of Champagny-en-Vanoise on Saturday. Only two would walk away from the French Alps with gold medals around their necks. By Sunday afternoon’s Finals, held under a deluge of snow, the field had been whittled down to eight men and eight women. [caption id="attachment_66614" align="alignleft" width="300"]...

New UIAA ice climbing world speed champions crowned

NEWS FLASH: Under the relentless snow of Champagny-en-Vanoise, France, Maria TOLOKONINA (RUS) and Pavel BATUSHEV (RUS) were crowned speed champions at the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Championships, partnered by The North Face Korea, on Sunday 5 February. Maria Tolokonina, 29, with climbs of 8.76 and 11.77 defeated compatriot Ekaterina Feoktistova by a combined 1.24 second margin in the final two duels. Victory marks the crowning achievement for Tolokonina after a tremendous past two seasons. She finished...