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...

Club Alpino Italiano – UIAA GYS 2017 –
Gran Paradiso National Park

Mountaineering school and ascent to Gran Paradiso (4061m) Dates: 9-15 July, 2017 Registration Form click here The Gran Paradiso National Park, founded on 3 December 1922, is the oldest Italian National Park. It is located between Valle d’Aosta and Piemonte, on the north-west part of Italy. On the French side, it borders with the Vanoise National Park. It has a surface of 71.100 hectares, mainly on a mountainous land. The Gran Paradiso (4061m) is the only peak over 4000...

Dr Carolina Adler appointed Executive Director of Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)

UIAA Mountain Protection Commission President Dr Carolina Adler will assume the role of Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) from May 2017. The MRI - http://mri.scnatweb.ch/en/ - now at the Swiss Academies of Sciences, is a multidisciplinary scientific organization that addresses global change issues in mountain regions around the world through concerted efforts, diverse communication formats and various networking events. The role of the Executive Director is to guide and realise the vision, mission and goals of...

Rabenstein. And the Winners Are…

Rabenstein, Italy hosted the final leg of the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season from 28-29 January. Winners in Rabenstein were Russia's Pavel Batushev and Ekaterina Feoktistova in speed; and Korea's HeeYong Park and Han Na Rai Song in lead. The results also confirmed the overall winners of the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season. After four events in speed, Vladimir Kartashev is the overall men's champion while the women's crown is shared between Ekaterina Koshcheeva and Maria Tolokonina. After...

Batushev and Feoktistova take Speed Golds in Rabenstein

Russia's Pavel Batushev and Ekaterina Feoktistova  won speed gold medals in the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup event in Rabenstein, Italy on Saturday 28 January. Batushev set a time of 9.23 seconds to finish ahead of Vladimir Kartashev who recorded a best time of 9.24. Bronze medal went to Egor Trapeznikov (9.34). Kartashev (pictured above) finishes the season with three silver medals and one gold to take the World Cup title in speed. Video Replay: Men & Women's Speed Finals In the women's...

UIAA Safety Label represented at ISPO Munich

The annual ISPO MUNICH, one of the most significant trade fairs for the global sports industry, will be held at the Messe München centre from 5-8 February, 2017. The UIAA Safety team, led by Safety Label Administrator Stephanie Stettbacher, will be present at the event to meet with existing UIAA Safety Label holders and to meet with brands and manufacturers interested in applying. To set up a meeting with the UIAA Safety Label team please email safetylabel@theuiaa.org Further details: ISPO...

RABENSTEIN: FINAL VERDICTS IN 2017 UIAA ICE CLIMBING SEASON

This weekend marks the final leg of the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season. Rabenstein, Italy hosts competitions in lead and speed on 28-29 January. Livestreaming will be available on the UIAA YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels. Will the World Cup leaders become World Cup winners? The 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing season is partnered by The North Face Korea. The famed ice wall of Rabenstein, located in the Italian province of Bolzano and nestled in the Dolomites, will...

Promotion of Indian Himalayas: IMF launches scheme for foreign expeditions in India

The Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF), a longstanding UIAA member, has launched a promotional campaign designed to attract a larger number of foreign expeditions to the Indian Himalayas. As part of this initiative, peak fees on selected peaks across the range of Indian Himalayas have been reduced for the year 2017. For further details, please visit the following link on the IMF website: http://www.indmount.org/peaksexpeditions/ExpeditionUpdates/PeakFeeReductionnew.aspx Photo credit: sandeepachetan.com via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND...