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...

Bolt warning. Daskaleio Climbing Crag, Greece.

The following update is courtesy of the UIAA Safety Commission. At the Daskaleio Climbing Crag near Athens, many bolts (10 mm AISI-304 expansion bolts) present severe signs of corrosion. During some stress tests a few bolts failed when loaded with body weight. Thus, climbing is not advised on this specific crag until the bolts are replaced. The Daskaleio crag is located very close to the sea....

IMS and UIAA trailer for 2016 General Assembly

Member federations are reminded that the 2016 UIAA General Assembly is now one month away. The 2016 UIAA General Assembly, held during 12-16 October, will be hosted by Alpenverein Südtirol in Brixen-Südtirol, Italy. The event will take place during the International Mountain Summit (IMS). The event programme can be found here. Registration details were provided by the UIAA Office in early July. Member federations who would still like to register are invited to contact office@theuiaa.org In the following video, produced by the IMS, UIAA President Frits...

Climate Change

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