A Microwave on a Mountain

Samoëns is a popular resort during both the summer and winter months – skiing, hiking, mountain biking and paragliding are among its most popular activities. 83 volunteers took part in the event, hosted under a beating Alpine sun. The clean-up activity lasted from 10:30 until 12:30 in different zones near the village. Of the five groups, two cleaned the area on the top of the gondola station Grand Massif Express. Most of the volunteers were tourists from France and...

Climbers carry Olympic torch

Two avid Brazilian climbers had the honour of carrying the Olympic torch ahead of Rio 2016. Idalicio Manoel de Oliveira Filho (bottom picture), a long time member of the Centro Excursionista Brasileiro (CEB), the oldest climbing and mountain hiking club in Brazil and its President Horácio Ragucci (top picture) are both rock and mountain climbers and had the honour of carrying the Olympic torch ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. CEB is part of the Rio...

Celebrating Mountain Day in Japan

On 11 August, the people of Japan were able to take a new public holiday – national Mountain Day, a celebration of the country’s rich geography and splendid mountain regions. Climbing and mountaineering are among the most popular outdoor pursuits in a country which boasts a number of 3,000m peaks, most notably the world famous Mount Fuji. The Japan Mountaineering Association, a UIAA member since 1967, is the largest in Asia and counts some 43,000 members. This...

Indoor Climbing Walls

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" text_align="left" padding_top="40" padding_bottom="120" css_animation="" box_shadow_on_row="no" el_class=".safety"][vc_column][no_elements_holder number_of_columns="one_column"][no_elements_holder_item item_padding="0px 0px 0px 10px" aligment="left" advanced_animations="no"][vc_column_text] Indoor Climbing Walls [vc_separator type="transparent" position="left" color="" border_style="solid" width="" thickness="" up="20" down=""] Paper examines liabilities for indoor climbing wall operators The growing interest in climbing indoors has prompted the UIAA Legal Experts Working Group (LEWG) to publish a paper highlighting liability issues faced by operators of indoor walls in North America and the Europe. A number of lawsuits and their outcomes which have...

Argeos Charter

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" text_align="left" padding_top="40" padding_bottom="120" box_shadow_on_row="no" el_class=".safety"][vc_column][no_elements_holder number_of_columns="one_column"][no_elements_holder_item item_padding="0px 0px 0px 10px" aligment="left" advanced_animations="no"][vc_column_text] Argeos Charter [vc_separator type="transparent" position="left" color="" border_style="solid" width="" thickness="" up="20" down=""] Argeos – the ancient Latin name for Mount Ercyes in Kayseri, Turkey where the charter was finalised in June, 2005. Being aware of the importance and grandeur of mountain landscapes the Access and Conservation Commission, at the instigation of Stefano Tirinzoni of the CAI, has produced the following simple guidelines...

Preservation of Natural Rock for Adventure Climbing

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" text_align="left" padding_top="40" padding_bottom="120" box_shadow_on_row="no" el_class=".safety"][vc_column][no_elements_holder number_of_columns="one_column"][no_elements_holder_item item_padding="0px 0px 0px 10px" aligment="left" advanced_animations="no"][vc_column_text] Preservation of Natural Rock for Adventure Climbing [vc_separator type="transparent" position="left" color="" border_style="solid" width="" thickness="" up="20" down=""] Debate between bolting and trad-climbing addressed in paper The debate over whether to bolt or not to bolt on mountains has been renewed with a new working paper on a controversial issue that often pits sport climbers versus adventure (trad) climbers. "Through this paper the UIAA has...

Mountain Ethic Declaration

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" text_align="left" padding_top="40" padding_bottom="120" css_animation="" box_shadow_on_row="no" el_class=".safety"][vc_column][no_elements_holder number_of_columns="one_column"][no_elements_holder_item item_padding="0px 0px 0px 10px" aligment="left" advanced_animations="no"][vc_column_text] Mountain Ethic Declaration [vc_separator type="transparent" position="left" color="" border_style="solid" width="" thickness="" up="20" down=""] As amended and approved in Porto 10.10.2009 Stretch your limits, lift your spirits and aim for the top [vc_separator type="transparent" position="left" color="" border_style="solid" width="" thickness="" up="10" down=""] 1. Individual Responsibility Mountaineers and climbers practice their sport in situations where there is a risk of accidents and where outside help may not be available....

UIAA Environmental Objectives and Guidelines

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" text_align="left" padding_top="40" padding_bottom="120" css_animation="" box_shadow_on_row="no" el_class=".safety"][vc_column][no_elements_holder number_of_columns="one_column"][no_elements_holder_item item_padding="0px 0px 0px 10px" aligment="left" advanced_animations="no"][vc_column_text] UIAA Environmental Objectives and Guidelines [vc_separator type="transparent" position="left" color="" border_style="solid" width="" thickness="" up="20" down=""] Adopted at the UIAA General Assembly / 4 October 1997 in Kranjska Gora, Slovenija [no_icons icon_pack="font_elegant" fe_icon="icon_document_alt" fa_size="fa-lg" custom_size="20" type="normal" position="left" icon_color="#00aae6" margin="0px 10px 0px 0px"] Download the full version in English, French, German and Spanish. 1. This policy statement provides an outline of the main environmental issues that...

Ethical Code for Expeditions

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" text_align="left" padding_top="40" padding_bottom="120" css_animation="" box_shadow_on_row="no" el_class=".safety"][vc_column][no_elements_holder number_of_columns="one_column"][no_elements_holder_item item_padding="0px 0px 0px 10px" aligment="left" advanced_animations="no"][vc_column_text] Ethical Code for Expeditions [vc_separator type="transparent" position="left" color="" border_style="solid" width="" thickness="" up="20" down=""] On 15 October 1982 the International Union of Alpinist Associations (UIAA) adopted various principles contained in the "Kathmandu Declaration" regarding mountain activities. Considering that this Declaration concerns the protection of the mountains as well as the population of the Host Countries and their environment, it seems necessary, taking into...

UIAA Summit Charter

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" text_align="left" padding_top="40" padding_bottom="120" css_animation="" box_shadow_on_row="no" el_class=".safety"][vc_column][no_elements_holder number_of_columns="one_column"][no_elements_holder_item item_padding="0px 0px 0px 10px" aligment="left" advanced_animations="no"][vc_column_text] The UIAA Summit Charter 2002 Proposals for collaboration with governments and international bodies to recognise and promote the contribution of mountaineering, climbing and trekking to sustainable mountain objectives. Launched in St Johann im Pongau - Austria in October 2001 at the General Assembly of the UIAA for the International Year of Mountains 2002  International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation Union Internationale des Associations d'alpinisme The...