Tajik horse tour operator in the Pamirs wins UIAA Mountain Protection Award

NEWS RELEASE 20 October 2014, BERN, Switzerland:  The 2014 UIAA Mountain Protection Award has been awarded to Pamir Horse Adventure, a Tajikstan-based community tour operator, for its conservation and tourism development initiatives in the Pamir Mountains. The award was given today at the Kiku. International Mountain Summit by Dr. Carolina Adler, a...

Ice climbing draws attention in Sochi

Ice climbing had a unique and prominent presence at the Olympic Park during the recently concluded Winter Olympics in Sochi. Part of the Ice Climbing Festival, it included a Speed wall and a Lead structure, built with the generous support of sponsor Sberbank, which saw thousands of...

Working group seeks to make UIAA an even more representative body

The UIAA Management Committee which met earlier this month in Orvieto, Italy (Italian Alpine Club - CAI) has approved the creation of a working group to attract new members, especially federations from smaller and financially disadvantaged countries. The work of the group includes a review of...

The “enduring legacy” of Alan Blackshaw

Former UIAA president Alan Blackshaw passed away on August 4 in hospital in Inverness, Scotland. He was born in Liverpool on April 7, 1933. The following tribute to Blackshaw about his contributions to the UIAA is by Dave Morris, a former President of the UIAA Mountain...

UIAA signs MoU with Peace and Sport

The UIAA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based organisation that promotes peace through sport in poor areas of the world. The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the SportAccord meeting in London on April 5 by UIAA Vice President,...

UIAA responds to Everest age restrictions

The UIAA welcomes China’s decision to ban people under 18 years of age from climbing Mount Everest. According to press reports and climbing and trekking agencies in Nepal, the decision was taken on June 10 by the Lhasa-based Chinese Tibet Mountaineering Association (CTMA) - a branch...