At the Extraordinary Plenary Assembly of the ISMC (UIAA Ski-mountaineering) on February 27th 2008 in Champéry, Switzerland, it was unanimously decided to take the first step in the process to work towards Unit membership of the UIAA for ISMC/ISMF Ski-mountaineering.
The UIAA is saddened to hear the news that Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the two first people to climb Mount Everest on the 29th May 1953, has died. Hillary was an Honorary member of the UIAA and a big inspiration to climbers all over the world.
The UIAA launched its new web site on 11th December, the UN International Mountain Day. It looks good, is easy to use and is of course packed with useful information about mountaineering and climbing.
“In time the UIAA website will become one of the primary sources where a person will go to find information about mountaineering, mountain competition sports and the issues pertaining to access and the mountain environment,” says Mike Mortimer, the UIAA President.
Spanish mountaineer Jordi Pons-Sangines has been elected honorary member of the UIAA. Jordi has for thirty years been a dedicated volunteer for the UIAA and worked hard to develop mountaineering sports and promote mountaineering around the world. Elected unanimously by our members at the 2007 General Assembly in Matsumoto, Japan, Jordi was clearly touched by the vote of thanks from the federation. He became the UIAA’s fifth current honorary member.
The UIAA is presenting three Japanese mountaineers with awards for their contributions to international mountaineering and the UIAA. Junko Tabei, Tomatsu Nakamura and Tadao Kanzaki will receive their awards at the General Assembly 2007, taking place 5-6th October in Matsumoto, Japan.