Celebrating an inaugural event in Italy

The third round of the nine-event 2016 UIAA Respect the Mountains Series paid a visit to Italy, and specifically the national park of the regions of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise on 3 July. The village of Civitella Alfedena, located in the heart of the park, played host with the local section of the Club Alpino Italiano (CAI) organizing the day-long event in conjunction with the UIAA and Series partner KEEN. The national park of Abruzzo-Lazio-Molise is one of the oldest,...

Making a difference around Snowdon

A weekend after the season opener in Tenerife, the UIAA Respect the Mountains Series – partnered by KEEN – travelled to North Wales for its second clean-up event of the European summer. The event held in Llanberis (a village at the foot of Snowdon, Wales’s highest mountain) was organized by RAW Adventures and the British Mountaineering Council (BMC). A total of 53 volunteers, comprising several families, particpated. During the morning clean-up operation, volunteers were divided into four groups and briefed to clean...

Youth climbers invited to join summer series

2016 is shaping up to be a busy year for the popular UIAA Global Youth Series. Three events have already taken place with another five lined up for the European summer months. 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...

European Court of Justice (CJEU) update on private climbing centres

Dear Member Federations, We are sharing an update from the European Court of Justice (CJEU) validating a recent decision made by the European Commission against private climbing centres. The ruling considered that the public aid granted to the DAV (German Alpine Club) was compatible with the regulations of the internal market. These measures of aid are deemed not to impair competition because they address a market failure. This decision is of great interest to the vast majority...

Georges Moissidis

Anniversary of George Moissidis Olympic honour

Wednesday 22 June marks the 15th anniversary of the opening of the 41stInternational Olympic Academy (IOA) session, an opportune time to remember one of the late Honorary Members of the UIAA who received the Olympic Order during the two-week long congress. George Moissidis of Greece was bestowed this highest of honours - awarded for particularly distinguished contributions to the Olympic Movement -  by IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch. Mr Mossidis was recognized as ‘a lover of sport and...

Energetic volunteers, a Herdsman’s leap and a view of the stars

The first event of the 2016 UIAA Respect the Mountains Series – partnered by KEEN – took place in Tenerife last weekend. It marked the opening of a busy season of nine clean-up events in eight European countries. The event in Tenerife was organised locally by the Tenerife Walking Festival, the Tourism Office of Tenerife and in conjunction with the Fundaciòn Santa Cruz Sostenible. The focus throughout the weekend was promoting sustainable practices in the region and understanding the consequences of our...

UIAA Safety Commission meets in Bergamo

The annual UIAA Safety Commission was hosted by the Club Alpino Italiano in Bergamo, Italy from 7-9 June. The good work of the UIAA Safety Commission could not be achieved without the support and dedication of the working groups, comprising the UIAA Safety Commission experts, the safety label holders who represent leading international manufacturers and the UIAA accredited laboratories. The two-day meeting included the findings and updates of the working groups. Among the topics discussed were anchor...

Ice Climbers: Champions and Pioneers

Our new series profiles the athletes taking part in the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour. The 2016 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, supported by The North Face Korea, may have finished in early February but the 170 international athletes who graced this year's competition are already preparing to return stronger, faster and better for next season. In the lead up to the new season, we are profiling a number of athletes, from the all-conquering Russian champion to...

A Mountain Protection Rendezvous

In mid May, and during the same weekend as the UIAA Management Committee session, the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission held both its annual meeting and organised a joint meeting with the UIAA Access Commission. The meetings were held in Baku, Azerbaijan and hosted by FAIREX. UIAA Mountain Protection meeting The following participants took part: Linda McMillan (President, AAC delegate) Joop Spijker (NKBV delegate) Carolina Adler (NZAC) Amin Moein (I.R.IMSCF delegate) Maretha Alant (MSCA) Stephen Goodwin (TAC) Valérie Thöni (UIAA Office) Hélène Denis (UIAA Board) During the meeting, the...

The UIAA: A productive weekend of meetings in Baku

The weekend of 14-15 May proved to be a busy one for the UIAA Management Committee and its Access and Mountain Protection Commissions, who all held meetings in Baku, Azerbaijan.   The Management Committee meetings were organized by FAIREX (Air and Extreme Federation of Azerbaijan). The following decisions were made and topics discussed: The 2015 accounts were approved and will be recommended to the General Assembly. The 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. The final version will be completed in October...