UIAA & MOUNTAIN SUSTAINABILITY. AT THE HEART OF MOUNTAIN PROTECTION

Article published for International Mountain Day 2016 The UIAA believes all those who have a stake in the well-being of the mountain environment should collectively work to raise awareness about the fragile nature of mountain ecosystems, as well as to encourage responsible and sustainable behaviour and practices. The UIAA’s activities focus on: Promoting sustainable mountain development and rewarding innovative initiatives in adventure tourism, recreation and mountain conservation. Raising awareness about environmental issues and furthering education on conservation and sustainable practices. ...

UIAA MOUNTAIN PROTECTION AWARD. PROMOTING AND REWARDING GOOD PRACTICES

Article published for International Mountain Day 2016 The UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA), supported by Golden Rock Travel and Western University of Azerbaijan, was created in 2013. The Award serves as a platform for showcased initiatives who receive promotion as part of the extensive international UIAA network. Each year, one project claims the annual prize for best initiative, awarded at the UIAA General Assembly. The Award is a fundamental part of the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission’s commitment...

TACKLING THE WASTE ISSUE: UIAA RESPECT THE MOUNTAINS SERIES

Article published for International Mountain Day 2016 With the support of several of its European member federations and project partner KEEN, the UIAA spearheaded its first Respect the Mountains Series during the northern hemisphere summer of 2016. Across nine events in eight countries, over 600 volunteers covered 3,000 kilometres in removing Europe’s slopes of five tonnes of tourist waste. The Series was created as a two-fold project. On a practical level, lay the direct action clean-up operation that...

UIAA & INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY

International Mountain Day takes place on Sunday 11 December. This occasion was designated in 2003 by the United Nations General Assembly and has been observed on 11 December each and every year since. Its primary goal is to raise awareness about ‘the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.’ This year’s...

INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY. UIAA GLOBAL MEMBER FEDERATIONS MARK ANNUAL OCCASION

International Mountain Day, Sunday 11 December 2016 The UIAA counts 92 member federations on six continents and in 68 countries. Concern for the environment and spearheading projects related to raising awareness about the fragility of the mountains and the welfare of mountain communities are key components of their work. Among the member federations organizing special events on International Mountain Day are: Belgium. Climbing & Mountaineering Belgium (CMBEL) with the conjunction of the CAB-B (a local Alpine club) are harnessing...

2017: Judges & Routesetter Courses. Full details.

Below are details on how to apply for the 2017 Judges and Routesetter Courses. Course 1 – Beijing, China – January 3rd-9th, 2017 · Registration Deadline: December 20th, 2016 20:00 CET · For more details and to register please contact Mr. Li Guowei cma8848@hotmail.com · On-site Registration: January 3rd, 2017 all day · Training/Course: January 4th – 6th, 2017 · Competition Experience: January 7th – 9th, 2017 at the UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD CUP BEIJING · Remission of Certificate of Attendance: January 9th, 2017 ·  Price for Judge: EUR 300 – includes...

2017 SEASON PREVIEW: WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF ICE CLIMBING

Vertical ascending at improbable speeds; nerve-jangling drops; supreme demonstrations of technique. Ice axes are sharpened, athletes primed after a rigourous ‘offseason’, ice towers gleaming and the world of ice climbing ready to reunite. The sport, which holds a burning Olympic ambition, has never been bigger. The 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, supported by The North Face Korea, commences on 16-17 December in the town of Durango, Colorado before visiting four countries in Asia and Europe....

UIAA – NEWSLETTER, NOVEMBER 2016. NOW PUBLISHED.

The November 2016 UIAA Newsletter is now available. The UIAA Ice Climbing season, supported by The North Face Korea, commences in mid-December with the season opener in Durango, Colorado. Athlete registration opened in early November for the six-event series, to be held in six countries on three continents. The season concludes with the biennial World Championships, to be held in Champagny-en-Vanoise.  The UIAA Anti-Doping Commission continues to be a proactive implementor of all WADA regulations and has recently  enhanced...

International community commemorates Kanchenjunga and Makalu

They are two of the highest mountains in the world. Imperious, impressive and witness to numerous feats of human endeavour. Between 20-23 November the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) organised a Diamond Jubilee celebration of the first ascent of both mountains. Kanchenjunga (8,586m) is the third highest mountain in the world, the second in Nepal. Makalu is the world's fifth highest peak at 8,463m. The first successful summits of both peaks took place within ten days of each other in...