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...

A Guide to Rock Climbing, Access and Nature Conservation in Poland

Poland is well known for the tradition of its climbers and their feats in the Himalayas and other high mountains. Some might have heard about its only high-mountain range – the Tatra Mountains (2655m). However, Poland is also a significant destination for rock climbing. Miłosz Jodłowski, a member of the UIAA Access Commission, explores the rock climbing culture in Poland and challenges faced in terms of access and nature conservation. As mountains and uplands constitute less than 10%...

CHAMPAGNY PREPARES TO CROWN
UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD CHAMPIONS

The biennial UIAA Ice Climbing World Championships, partnered by The North Face Korea, take place in Champagny-en-Vanoise, France this weekend, 4-5 February. The World Championships is the pinnacle event in the UIAA ice climbing calendar. After five World Cup events in as many countries and on three continents over a six-week period, the athletes competing in the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing season have, despite a challenging schedule, produced consistently breathtaking and competitive displays of ice climbing. Now...

UIAA – NEWSLETTER, JANUARY 2017. NOW PUBLISHED.

The January 2017 UIAA Newsletter is now available. The 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season concluded in Rabenstein, Italy last weekend. Champagny-en-Vanoise, France hosts the pinnacle event of the season - the UIAA Ice Climbing World Championships - from 4-5 February. A fitting end to a season which has witnessed record viewing figures for the sport. This month we profile the pioneering work of the Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA) from their commitment to mountain safety to...