Registration open for 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing season

UIAA member federations are informed that registration is now open for the the 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing season. Access details and information related to registering athletes and applying for their mandatory annual competition licence have been sent to member federations by email.  The link to access the registration...

Fred Beckey, a unique mountaineer

The UIAA is saddened to hear about the passing of legendary mountaineer and rock climber Fred Beckey, who died on 30 October at the age of 94. Among his notable achievements, Beckey is credited with more first ascents of North American peaks than any other...

REVIEW: 2017 UIAA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Shiraz, Iran hosted the 2017 UIAA General Assembly on Saturday 21 October.  Delegates representing UIAA member associations on all six continents attended the annual meeting organised by the Iran Mountaineering and Sports Climbing Federation (IMSCF). Copyright/Sharif Nouri On opening the session, UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt reflected on...

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...