Dr Carolina Adler appointed Executive Director of Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)

UIAA Mountain Protection Commission President Dr Carolina Adler will assume the role of Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) from May 2017. The MRI - http://mri.scnatweb.ch/en/ - now at the Swiss Academies of Sciences, is a multidisciplinary scientific organization that addresses global change issues in mountain regions around the world through concerted efforts, diverse communication formats and various networking events. The role of the Executive Director is to guide and realise the vision, mission and goals of...

Rabenstein. And the Winners Are…

Rabenstein, Italy hosted the final leg of the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season from 28-29 January. Winners in Rabenstein were Russia's Pavel Batushev and Ekaterina Feoktistova in speed; and Korea's HeeYong Park and Han Na Rai Song in lead. The results also confirmed the overall winners of the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season. After four events in speed, Vladimir Kartashev is the overall men's champion while the women's crown is shared between Ekaterina Koshcheeva and Maria Tolokonina. After...

Batushev and Feoktistova take Speed Golds in Rabenstein

Russia's Pavel Batushev and Ekaterina Feoktistova  won speed gold medals in the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup event in Rabenstein, Italy on Saturday 28 January. Batushev set a time of 9.23 seconds to finish ahead of Vladimir Kartashev who recorded a best time of 9.24. Bronze medal went to Egor Trapeznikov (9.34). Kartashev (pictured above) finishes the season with three silver medals and one gold to take the World Cup title in speed. Video Replay: Men & Women's Speed Finals In the women's...

UIAA Safety Label represented at ISPO Munich

The annual ISPO MUNICH, one of the most significant trade fairs for the global sports industry, will be held at the Messe München centre from 5-8 February, 2017. The UIAA Safety team, led by Safety Label Administrator Stephanie Stettbacher, will be present at the event to meet with existing UIAA Safety Label holders and to meet with brands and manufacturers interested in applying. To set up a meeting with the UIAA Safety Label team please email safetylabel@theuiaa.org Further details: ISPO...

RABENSTEIN: FINAL VERDICTS IN 2017 UIAA ICE CLIMBING SEASON

This weekend marks the final leg of the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season. Rabenstein, Italy hosts competitions in lead and speed on 28-29 January. Livestreaming will be available on the UIAA YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels. Will the World Cup leaders become World Cup winners? The 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing season is partnered by The North Face Korea. The famed ice wall of Rabenstein, located in the Italian province of Bolzano and nestled in the Dolomites, will...

Promotion of Indian Himalayas: IMF launches scheme for foreign expeditions in India

The Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF), a longstanding UIAA member, has launched a promotional campaign designed to attract a larger number of foreign expeditions to the Indian Himalayas. As part of this initiative, peak fees on selected peaks across the range of Indian Himalayas have been reduced for the year 2017. For further details, please visit the following link on the IMF website: http://www.indmount.org/peaksexpeditions/ExpeditionUpdates/PeakFeeReductionnew.aspx Photo credit: sandeepachetan.com via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND...

PyeongChang 2018 organizers express support for ice climbing

On the occasion of the recent 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup event in Cheongsong, Korea, representatives from the UIAA and the Korean Alpine Federation (KAF) met high-ranking officials of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018  Olympic Winter Games in Seoul, South Korea and later at the Olympic site itself in PyeongChang. The UIAA and KAF delegation was headed by Thomas Kähr, UIAA Executive Board member, and In-Jeong Lee, the Honorary President of the KAF...

Calling all female alpinists! Application for the GRIT&ROCK First Ascent Expedition Grant closing soon

There are just under two weeks left to apply for the GRIT&ROCK First Ascent Expedition Grant, which sets out to enable women to make mountaineering history. The annual prize of £5,000 (EUR6,000) will be awarded to a female-led alpine team, the biggest grant award of its kind globally. This is a great chance for female alpinists from UIAA member federations to embark and realize their unique climbing projects, an opportunity that is not to be missed! The...

Feats of brilliance on the walls of Saas Fee

A gripping penultimate round of the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup, partnered by The North Face Korea, was held in Saas Fee, Switzerland. In the lead competition, Korea's Han Na Rai Song and HeeYong Park claimed gold medals for the second weekend running. In speed, Russia's Vladimir Kartashev and Ekaterina Koshcheeva were the fastest on ice. All four athletes now lead the overall standings going into the final weekend. World Cup action concludes next week in Rabenstein, Italy. A season record...

LEADING BY EXAMPLE IN SAAS FEE

NEWS FLASH: Triumphant in Saas Fee, Korean athletes Han Na Rai Song and HeeYong Park have won lead gold medals in the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup for the second week running. Having claimed their first gold medals of the season in their home event in Cheongsong last weekend, the two athletes maintained an incredible level of performance in defeating spirited competition during a demanding weekend's ice climbing in Saas Fee's ice dome. Both athletes extend their lead...