PyeongChang 2018 organizers express support for ice climbing

On the occasion of the recent 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup event in Cheongsong, Korea, representatives from the UIAA and the Korean Alpine Federation (KAF) met high-ranking officials of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018  Olympic Winter Games in Seoul, South Korea and later at the Olympic site itself in PyeongChang. The UIAA and KAF delegation was headed by Thomas Kähr, UIAA Executive Board member, and In-Jeong Lee, the Honorary President of the KAF...

Calling all female alpinists! Application for the GRIT&ROCK First Ascent Expedition Grant closing soon

There are just under two weeks left to apply for the GRIT&ROCK First Ascent Expedition Grant, which sets out to enable women to make mountaineering history. The annual prize of £5,000 (EUR6,000) will be awarded to a female-led alpine team, the biggest grant award of its kind globally. This is a great chance for female alpinists from UIAA member federations to embark and realize their unique climbing projects, an opportunity that is not to be missed! The...

Feats of brilliance on the walls of Saas Fee

A gripping penultimate round of the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup, partnered by The North Face Korea, was held in Saas Fee, Switzerland. In the lead competition, Korea's Han Na Rai Song and HeeYong Park claimed gold medals for the second weekend running. In speed, Russia's Vladimir Kartashev and Ekaterina Koshcheeva were the fastest on ice. All four athletes now lead the overall standings going into the final weekend. World Cup action concludes next week in Rabenstein, Italy. A season record...

LEADING BY EXAMPLE IN SAAS FEE

NEWS FLASH: Triumphant in Saas Fee, Korean athletes Han Na Rai Song and HeeYong Park have won lead gold medals in the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup for the second week running. Having claimed their first gold medals of the season in their home event in Cheongsong last weekend, the two athletes maintained an incredible level of performance in defeating spirited competition during a demanding weekend's ice climbing in Saas Fee's ice dome. Both athletes extend their lead...

SPEED MACHINES OF SAAS FEE

In setting the two fastest times on Saas Fee's speed wall (8.87, 8.95), Vladimir Kartashev (main picture) was the indisputable winner of the men's UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup speed competition in Saas Fee. Fellow Russian athletes Leonid Malykh (9.81) and Pavel Batushev (9.87) took silver and bronze. Kartashev extends his lead at the top of the World Cup standings ahead of next weekend's World Cup showdown in Rabenstein, Italy. Replay of Friday's Speed finals livestreaming. The women's...

SAAS FEE PREPARES FOR ICE CLIMBING FESTIVAL

Saas Fee, Switzerland hosts the fourth World Cup event of the UIAA Ice Climbing season from 20-21 January. Korean athletes HeeYong Park and Han Na Rai Song seek to defend their World Cup advantage in the lead discipline. Russians Vladimir Kartashev and Maria Tolokonina enjoy slender leads in speed. Livestreaming will be available from the competition's semi-finals and finals. Tune into the UIAA YouTube, Facebook or Twitter feeds. The 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing season is partnered by The...

MEMBER PROFILE: SPEARHEADING THE CLIMBING AND MOUNTAINEERING EVOLUTION IN CHINA

China is an increasingly active player in the world of climbing and mountaineering. The country is an attractive location for international climbers seeking diverse challenges and experiences. Its manufacturing of mountaineering equipment has increased significantly in recent decades and it now boasts numerous world-class indoor and outdoor climbing structures. Spearheading much of the country’s dynamic change in mountain culture, safety and sport is the Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA). Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympic Games and in...

First Canadian Climbing Medicine Symposium

The 1st Canadian Climbing Medicine Symposium will be held in downtown Toronto at the historic Steam Whistle Brewery, 31 July - 1 August, 2017. The event is endorsed by the UIAA Medical Commission and the Alpine Club of Canada, a UIAA member federation. In response to the rapidly increasing popularity of climbing, this educational event has been launched for healthcare professionals, trainers, coaches, exercise scientists, and anyone else interested in sport climbing related medicine and performance.  The Canadian...

CHEONGSONG DELIVERS COMPELLING WORLD CUP

Excitement, dramatic finishes and supreme acts of skill characterise the third UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup event of the 2017 season, held in Cheongsong (South Korea) from 14-15 January.  In the lead competition, local favourites HeeYong Park and Han Na Rai Song deliver mesmerising gold medal displays. Silver medallists Yannick Glatthard and Eimir McSwiggan produce career defining performances. The speed competition continues to launch new talents. Russia’s Pavel Batushev and Natalia Belyaeva are the star performers and...

CONDITIONS COOLING, COMPETITION INTENSIFYING

The third event of the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing season, partnered by The North Face Korea, takes places in Cheongsong from 14-15 January.  Livestreaming will be available from the semi-finals and finals of the lead and speed events. Cheongsong is one of the most popular destinations on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, renowned for its magnificent, state-of-the-art ice structure; its warm hospitality; and the fervent interest in ice climbing which prevails in Korea. As the 2017 UIAA...