Building a ‘Vertical University’ from Koshi Tappu to Mt. Kanchenjunga

In response to forest loss, habitat decrease and drop of biodiversity, students, teachers, farmers, environmentalists and designers came together in 2013 in the eastern region of Nepal to create the 'Koshi Tappu Kanchenjunga Biodiversity Education Livelihood Tera Studio' or KTK-BELT project....

Provisional 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing calendar announced

The UIAA is delighted to announce the provisional calendar for the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing season. The upcoming campaign, partnered by The North Face Korea, promises exciting changes and developments. The UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, which has run since 2002, is set to comprise four events in as many countries - China (this event is to be confirmed), South Korea, Switzerland and Italy. Following on from the World Tour, which will crown the continental champions, a...

A brief guide to altitude sickness

Planning an expedition or travelling to high altitude in the coming weeks or months? The UIAA Medical Commission's guide to altitude sickness provides some key advice. What is altitude sickness? Altitude sickness is an "umbrella term” and includes 3 components: Acute mountain sickness (AMS) which is essentially headache and nausea at about 3000m or more and is a benign illness. Both high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high altitude cerebral edema (HACE) are the life threatening forms...

5 countries, 400 volunteers, 3 tonnes of waste

After five events in as many countries we are now halfway through the 2016 UIAA Respect the Mountains Series, partnered by KEEN. On Wednesday 20 July, the fifth event of the season was held in Mayrhofen, a town in the Zillertal, located in Austria’s Tyrol region. XP Events (led by Rik Kingma) and the ÖAV Sektion Zillertal (Österreichischer Alpenverein) were responsible for organizing the event hosted in one of Europe’s most visually breathtaking and visited outdoor...

UIAA members and mountain hut exchange

The summer months are upon us in the northern hemisphere and present the perfect opportunity to explore the many diverse activities mountains regions have to offer. If thinking about exploring the mountains for a few days and nights, a reminder that member federations of the UIAA have the opportunity to take advantage of two great schemes, one in Europe, one in North America. In Europe, about 1,200 mountain huts are available offering accommodation for 66,000 people in...

Climbing and Conservation in Spain. An open debate.

A recent video production from Spain provides an interesting insight into the mountain access debate and the sometimes complex relationship between climbing and conservation. The video is titled ‘Prohibido escalar’ (No Climbing) and available to view below (in Spanish with English subtitles). The video opens with the explanation that Spain is one of the top international climbing destinations. More than 1,000 climbing areas are available in its natural spaces and the country counts some 200,000 climbers. It is expected that...

Making a tonne of difference in the Black Forest

The Städtisches Forstamt Freiburg and the DAV (Deutscher Alpen Verein) organized this year’s Respect the Mountains held event in the Schwarzwald, Germany on Sunday 10 July. It was the fourth in this year’s Series, which is organized by the UIAA and partnered by KEEN. The Schauinsland mountain (elevation 1,284m) located in the Black Forest mountain range, near Freiburg im Breisgau was the scene for the day’s clean-up operation. Following arrival at the venue by mountain gondola and registration,...

Joining forces in climbing and mountaineering

The UIAA is delighted to announce its collaboration with camptocamp.org Camptocamp.org is a multi-language site dedicated to mountaineering, rock and ice climbing, ski-touring, snowshoeing and hiking. The platform offers various services for climbers and mountaineers, including an interactive guidebook of routes and itineraries across the globe for a range of activities (alpinism, rock and ice-climbing, touring, on foot, skis or snowshoes, ski-mountaineering to name a few). It is a space for sharing information on recent conditions in the mountains as...