Review: 2016 UIAA General Assembly

The 2016 UIAA General Assembly was held in Brixen (Bressanone), Südtirol, Italy from 12-16 October. The event, the largest annual gathering of UIAA member federations and representatives, took place during the International Mountain Summit (IMS), and was organised by the Alpenverein Südtirol AVS.  The event welcomed over one hundred delegates from all continents and witnessed a number of exciting and significant developments. Frits Vrijlandt was re-elected as the UIAA President and now starts his second four-year term. The UIAA Strategic...

2017 International Youth Ice Climbing Camp in Guillestre, Hautes Alpes

Registration is now open for the first youth ice climbing camp in 2017. The main goal of this youth ice climbing camp is to learn practicing many forms of ice climbing, one pitch, or routes with many pitches. Dates: 5 - 11 February 2017 Location: In Guillestre, near Briançon in south alp of france (region Rhones Alpes, departement 05, "Hautes Alpes). This is the same location of the international Ice Climbing event of L’argentière la bessée. All the ice climbing sites...

Review: 2016 UIAA Respect the Mountains Series

    9 events. 8 countries. 614 volunteers. 3,000 kilometres. 5 tonnes of waste. Several mountain areas across Europe are a little greener, more vibrant and significantly less polluted following a successful UIAA Respect the Mountains Series, held throughout the summer of 2016 across nine events in eight European countries.   The Series – partnered by KEEN – was created as a two-fold project. On a practical level, lies the direct action clean-up operation that witnessed the removal of five tonnes of waste across European...

Interview: Frits Vrijlandt on four years as UIAA President

On 13 October, 2012, Frits Vrijlandt was voted in as President of the UIAA at the General Assembly hosted in Amsterdam. This year’s UIAA General Assembly, to be held on Saturday 15 October in Brixen-Bressanone, Italy will mark Vrijlandt’s fourth anniversary as the federation’s figurehead. It presents an opportune moment to reflect on the progress made by the UIAA over the past four years. In this interview, Vrijlandt provides details on a range of topics from sustainability to safety,...

Norwegian Style. A Workshop at the 2016 UIAA General Assembly

Featuring as part of the programme at the 2016 UIAA General Assembly, is a dedicated workshop organized by the Norwegian Alpine Club, on the subject ‘Norwegian Style, an appreciated but threatened climbing ethic’. Attending delegates from UIAA member federations are encouraged to participate. The discussion will be held as part of the Visiting & Lecture Programme held at the Messner Mountain Museum on the morning of Friday 14 October. A proud history The Norwegian Alpine Club (Norsk Tindeklub) was...

Reportage: An all-female climbing encounter in Bolivia

The team at Mujer Montaña from Latin America, a project showcased in the UIAA’s Mountain Protection Award Platform, joined up with the Women's High Mountain Group of the French Federation of Alpine Mountain Clubs (Fédération française des clubs alpins et de montagne, FFCAM, a UIAA member since 1932) to bring Latin American and European women together in a historic Andean - Alpine mountaineering exchange last August, in an exchange filled with sport, culture, and socio-environmental awareness...

Member Federation Profile: The Mountain Club of South Africa

In the first of a new series, the UIAA explores the history, traditions and present activities of its global constellation of member federations. Celebrating its 125th anniversary on 8 October, the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) – the UIAA’s only member federation in Africa – seemed a poignant place to start. Text courtesy of Greg Moseley, President (MCSA) Origins. A desire to explore and climb. The first recorded ascent of a mountain in Southern Africa occurred in 1503.  Antonio...

Bears, Shepherds and Deep Gorges

The final UIAA Respect the Mountains event for the 2016 season took place from 16-17 September in the breathtaking national park of Piatra Craiului in the Carpathians, about three hours drive north west of Bucharest.  The UIAA Respect the Mountains series is partnered by KEEN and comprised nine events in eight European countries. The limestone mountain range, whose ridge covers 25kms is the sanctuary for wild animals including bears, wolves and lynxes who cohabitate peacefully with local shepherds. Deep gorges,...

Review: International Youth Rock Climbing Camp, Arco (Italy)

Participants at the UIAA International Youth Rock Climbing Camp in Arco The UIAA Global Youth Series welcomes climbers and mountaineers from around the world to come together to embrace their love for the sport and outdoor life, to make friends, develop their core skills and appreciate the environment. Events are organised in conjunction with expert and qualified coaches. The 2016 season has comprised nine events in six countries. From 25-30 June, in Arco, Trento (Italy), a rock climbing camp was...