Celebration of the first ascents of Mounts Makalu and Kanchenjunga

News from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) related to their Diamond Jubilee Celebration marking the first successful ascents of Mounts Makalu (8,481) and Kanchenjunga (8,586m). The General Assembly of the Union of Asian Alpine Associations (UAAA) is scheduled for 18-19 November in Kathmandu. All the members of the UAAA have been invited to attend the meeting. The International Conference on Mountain Tourism, Climate Change and Earthquakes in Nepal will be also organized in Kathmandu during the same...

Four tonnes of waste cleared by Respect the Mountains team

The penultimate event of the 2016 UIAA Respect the Mountains Series was held in Tignes, France on Friday 26 August. Tignes Développement was responsible for organizing the second event held in the Rhone-Alpes region, following the meet in Samoens earlier in August. The resort of Tignes, at 2,169m, is best known as a ski resort although also offers ample summer activities from mountain biking to paragliding. Together with nearby Val d'Isère, it forms the "Espace Killy" ski area. In excess...

UIAA granted Observer Member status at COP22

The UIAA will be present at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22) in a Observer Member capacity. The conference will take place in Marrakech, Morocco from 7-18 November, 2016. The UIAA’s presence at COP22 follows on from its role at COP21 where it raised awareness, in partnership with other mountain bodies, about the effects of climate change on mountain regions. The protection of the mountain environment is a key pillar of what the UIAA stands for. The...

Respect the Mountains visits Russia

The seventh event of the 2016 UIAA Respect the Mountains Series was held last weekend around the mighty peaks of Mount Kazbek, Russia. Another weekend of scorching temperatures and hard endeavour by a group of volunteers promoting sustainable practices in mountain regions. The UIAA Respect the Mountains project is partnered by KEEN and comprises nine summer clean-up events in eight European countries. The next event will be held in Tignes, France this Friday. Anyone in the...

Report: Annual UIAA Medical Commission Meeting

The UIAA Medical Commission held its annual meeting on the 3,000m ski resort of Telluride, Colorado (USA) on Thursday 4 August. The meeting was one of many international committee meetings that were incorporated into the 7th World Congress of Mountain & Wilderness Medicine, a biennial congress which was held from 30 July – 4 August. The following report is courtesy of UIAA Medical Commission President Dr David Hillebrandt. "Our heads were spinning with the science of mountain medicine...