APPRECIATING THE FULL PICTURE

The second in our series exploring a profound human passion for the mountains profiles Jason Williams, New Mexico-based mountain rescuer. Jason's skills and experience cover a wide range of mountain rescue sectors. He is a nationally-registered paramedic and obtained his Mountain Emergency Medicine and Rescue Diploma...

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...

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...