QUALITY CONTROL. ROBUSTNESS. SHARING BEST PRACTICES. THE BENEFITS OF UIAA TRAINING QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBER FEDERATIONS.

Training is a fundamental component of the UIAA’s commitment to mountain safety and advancing climbing and mountaineering skills worldwide. In fulfilling this mission, the UIAA has been active in the field of accrediting qualifications (today Mountain Qualification Labels) since 1993, when the original four standards were...

First ascent of Mount Burke Khang confirmed

A group of climbers have become the first people to summit Mount Burke Khang as confirmed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and Asian Trekking. Noel Hanna of Northern Irland, high altitude climber Sirdar Naga Dorje Sherpa of Nepal, HAS Pemba Tshering Sherp and HAS Samden Bhote...

UIAA Newsletter, October 2017 now published

The UIAA Newsletter for October 2017 is now available to view. The UIAA looks forward to welcoming member federations, commission delegates, honorary members, partners and other dignitaries to the 2017 UIAA General Assembly in Shiraz, Iran on Saturday 21 October. The GA will provide an opportune moment for...

Remembering Norman Dyhrenfurth

Norman Gunther Dyhrenfurth, Swiss-American mountaineer and filmmaker, died on Sunday 24 September, aged 99. One of Dyhrenfurth’s most celebrated achievements is his leadership of the first successful United States expedition to Mount Everest in 1963. As figurehead for the campaign, Dyhrenfurth was responsible for its fundraising and devising its...

Challenges facing Kilimanjaro

In early August, the UIAA published an article promoting a paper produced by its Medical Commission offering climbers pertinent advice related to avoiding the perils of climbing Africa’s highest, and most famous, mountain. The following article, produced by a member of the Mountain Club of South...

UIAA Newsletter, September 2017 now published

The UIAA Newsletter for September 2017 is now available to view. Recognised for its commitment to diverse aspects of rock climbing, its promotion of sustainable practices and support of local economic development, the International Climbers' Festival was a fitting recipient of the annual UIAA Rock Climbing Festival...

Nepal Mountaineering Association elects new President

The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) held an election of its Central Executive Board on 5 August, 2017.  The elections saw Mr Santa Bir Lama elected as the federation's new President for the period 2017-2020. Mr Santa Bir Lama succeeds UIAA honorary member Mr Ang Tshering Sherpa...