BEIJING HOSTS MEMORABLE UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD CUP

Athletes from nearly twenty countries enjoy a competitive, close-fought UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup weekend as Russian athletes claim gold medals in lead and speed. The UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, partnered by The North Face Korea, heads to Cheongsong, South Korea next weekend for the third event of the season. Two very distinct venues, four deserving gold medals winners and one memorable weekend of ice climbing. Beijing is the new stop on the UIAA Ice Climbing...

CHINA PREPARES FOR ICE CLIMBING SHOWDOWN

International athletes prepare for second UIAA Ice Climbing event of the season as Beijing, China provides the spectacular setting for competitions in lead and speed. Competition will be held from 7-9 January. Livestreaming available on UIAA YouTube and Facebook channels. Famous for its Great Wall, this weekend China will come into the spotlight for another type of vertical structure. The magnificent ice climbing walls of Beijing play host to the second leg of the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing...

Youth Athletes Enjoy Kirov Experience

Over the past few weeks, youth ice climbers from all over the world have been enjoying the opportunity afforded by the UIAA and the Russian Mountaineering Federation to hone their skills on the impressive ice climbing wall in Kirov, Russia. Despite temperatures hitting the hostile climes of -30C, athletes have trained hard developing their skills in speed and lead under the guidance of expert coaches. Team building also comprised an ice hockey competition (above). The most recent...

Roaring Success of UIAA MedCom Paper

The UIAA Medical Commission is delighted to report the overwhelming response to its paper ‘Drug Use and Misuse in the Mountains: A UIAA MedCom Consensus Guide for Medical Professionals’ which was published in 2016. The paper has been downloaded over 10,000 times and has proved a valuable resource for medical professionals from around the world. To read, and download, the paper please click here. A comprehensive list of all UIAA MedCom advice and recommendation papers can be found on...

SHIN WOONSEON AND ALEXEY DENGIN MAKE EARLY STATEMENTS

The 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, supported by The North Face Korea, is underway. And in some style. The Ska Brewing Company in Durango, Colorado (USA) hosted the first event of the season, a World Cup event in lead, on 16-17 December. Finding themselves on top of the podium at the end of two days of absorbing and rainsoaked action were South Korean athlete Shin Woonseon and Russian Alexey Dengin. Action at the first event of...

UIAA Honorary Member Tom Nakamura explores new frontiers

UIAA honorary member Tom Nakamura has an insatiable desire to share his passion for the mountains. At a recent conference on Climate Change and Tourism in Nepal, he presented photographs from a recent trip to the hidden mountains of Southern Tibet. Nakamura's findings were also recently the subject of an article in Alpinist. [caption id="attachment_65600" align="alignright" width="300"] Shelika (6045m), south face, northeast of Jindong. [Photo] Tom Nakamura[/caption] In November 82-year-old Japanese mountaineer Tamotsu "Tom" Nakamuraentered the restricted area of southern Tibet to explore and photograph...

Tributes paid to former UIAA Medcom President Bruno Durrer

The UIAA is saddened by the news that former UIAA Medical Commission President and longstanding UIAA Medical Commission member Bruno Durrer passed away at the age of 62 earlier this month. “Bruno was very much an internationally respected figure in mountain medicine and mountain rescue, and more than that, he was a very kind and very funny man. He is gone much too soon - a tragic loss to us all,” explained current UIAA Medical Commission President George...

British climber summits all UIAA-listed 4,000m Alpine peaks

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC), a UIAA member federation, recently reported on the achievements of British climber Steve Hartland. The 53-year old has become the first known British climber to scale all 82 of the UIAA-listed 4,000m peaks in the Alps. The UIAA would like to congratulate Steve Hartland on his outstanding achievement. BMC's report read: Steve Hartland has become the first known Brit to complete the UIAA list of 82 peaks over 4,000m in the Alps,...

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). ‘Waste Management Outlook for Mountain Regions. Sources and Solutions’.

International Mountain Day, Sunday 11 December 2016 To mark International Mountain Day, UNEP has produced a dedicated report titled ‘Waste Management Outlook for Mountain Regions. Sources and Solutions’. It will be published on 11 December. Its Executive Summary sets the scene for this groundbreaking report. Mountains play an essential role in supplying water, energy, food and other services to millions of people living in the mountains and downstream. Ensuring the continued supply of these services has never been more...

RESEARCH PAPER: LAND USE AND LAND COVER CHANGE EXPLORED IN SAGARMATHA (MT EVEREST) NATIONAL PARK, NEPAL

Article published for International Mountain Day 2016 UIAA Mountain Protection Commission members play an active role in leading, contributing to, and editing significant papers on the subject of sustainable mountain development. Their work brings valuable knowledge and expertise to the UIAA and its member federations. A recent publication by UIAA Mountain Protection Commission member Rodney Garrard (based at the University of Bern) and coauthors explores diverse topics like climate change, local resource use, resource conservation, and mountain...