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...

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...

Programme announced for Asia’s Piolets d’Or

Seoul, Korea will host the 12th edition of the Asian continent's Piolets d’Or on Friday 3 November. Three main awards will be bestowed during the ceremony: the Piolets d’Or Asia, the Lifetime Achievement Asia and the Golden Climbing Shoe. The first two categories will be...

Historic ascent of Shispare northeast face

As reported to the UIAA by its Honorary Member Tom Nakamura (Japan), Kazuya Hiraide and Kenro Nakajima successfully summited the 7611m peak of Shispare, Pakistan, via a new route of the northeast face at 14:30 on 22 August. This is considered to be the first ascent of the...