A guide to good practices for holding mountain races in protected natural areas

Experts from the UIAA member federation FEDME (Federación Española de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada) have collaborated with a number of bodies, notably Europarc-Spain, in producing a paper which underlines the good practices for holding mountain running competitions in protected natural areas. The document is available to download in English here. As the document’s Executive Summary states: “The popularization of mountain races has grown so rapidly that it may imperil the conservation of some of the...

Dates confirmed for youth ice climbing training camps in Kirov, Russia

The UIAA Ice Climbing Commission and the Russian Mountaineering Federation have confirmed the programme and registration details for this year’s training camps for youth ice climbers. This annual opportunity for youth ice climbers to train together is a fundamental part of the UIAA’s commitment towards the evolution of the sport, allowing the next generation of ice climbers to develop their skills under expert coaching and guidance. Two youth events form part of the calendar for the upcoming UIAA...

UIAA – Newsletter, October 2016. Now Published.

The October 2016 UIAA Newsletter is now available. The 2016  UIAA General Assembly, held in Brixen (Bressanone), Italy and organised by the Alpenverein Südtirol AVS, took centre-stage this month. UIAA member federations from six continents attended the annual meeting which witnessed Frits Vrijlandt re-elected as President, the confirmation of the Strategic Plan 2017-2020 and the welcoming of five new member federations. Mountain Wilderness was confirmed as the winner of the 2016 UIAA Mountain Protection Award and Reinhold Messner awarded UIAA...

Reinhold MESSNER

2016 is proving to be another busy year for the UIAA Youth Commission and its series of Global Youth Summit (GYS) events ...

At the forefront of mountain medicine

The work of the UIAA Medical Commission is respected and recognized throughout the world of mountaineering. The Commission’s mission of increasing knowledge about mountain medicine among doctors, mountaineers and lay mountain users is achieved through several different means. In order to provide the best possible advice through its network of doctoral-level mountain medicine experts, the UIAA Medical Commission produces extensive advice and recommendation papers (translated in several languages and aimed at all types of mountain users),...

International Youth Ice Climbing Camp. Dolomites. 9-13 February, 2017

This ice climbing event will take place in the Dolomites a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2009. We will stay in the Falzarego Pass area, surrounded by the stunning view of the Tofane and Lagazuoi peak and the Fanes range. In the three days when we will climb we will visit three different sites:  Armentarola falls: below the Fanes range in the Lagazuoi valley, on the way from Capanna Alpina to Scotoni Hut and the above...

Junko Tabei – 22 September 1939 – 20 October 2016

The UIAA is saddened to hear about the death of legendary Japanese mountaineer Junko Tabei who passed away on 20 October aged 77. Tabei was not only the first female to summit Mount Everest (at the age of 35 in 1975) but the first to successfully climb all of the Seven Summits (a feat she completed in 1992). “I once had the pleasure of meeting Junko,” said the UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt. “She was a truly great...

Confirmation: 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing dates

Information for Athletes and Member Federations The UIAA is delighted to announce the final calendar for the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing season. The upcoming campaign, partnered by The North Face Korea, promises several exciting changes and developments. The UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour will comprise five events on three continents (North America, Asia and Europe). For the first time the World Tour heads to China, home of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Following on from the World Tour, a...

Kalymnos, a rock climber’s paradise

The Kalymnos Climbing Festival (held 7-9 October) has won the 2016 UIAA Rock Climbers' Award. The island of Kalymnos in Greece is a paradise for the mind and body, in particular for rock climbers indulging in their passion. A rich blend of Greek hospitality, natural beauty and world class climbing annually draws twice as many climbers as none climbing tourists to this Aegean jewel. The Municipality of Kalymnos has worked enthusiastically and hand in hand with climbers...

Mountain Wilderness, France winner of 2016 UIAA Mountain Protection Award

Mountain Wilderness, a French-based project dedicated principally to the removal of obsolete manmade facilities in the European Alps, was announced as winner of the 2016 UIAA Mountain Protection Award during a ceremony held at the UIAA General Assembly in Brixen (Bressanone), Sudtirol, Italy on Friday 14 October. Now in its fourth year, the UIAA Mountain Protection Award continues to grow as an internationally-recognised forum for projects, companies and initiatives which support sustainable tourist practices in mountain...