Editor's note: The UIAA strongly condemned the senseless murder of 10 mountaineers at the base camp of Nanga Parbat on 23 June 2013. Not long after, Lt. Col (Retd) Manzoor Hussain, president of the Pakistan Alpine Club, a member federation of the UIAA wrote a heartfelt letter to president Frits Vrijlandt on 28 June 2013. Reprinted below is the letter and the original press release.
The 2014 World Youth Ice Climbing Championships will be held in France, the second country to host a youth event and a sign that interest in competitive ice climbing among young people continues to grow.
The decision by the Ice Climbing Commission earlier this month follows on the success of the inaugural Youth Ice Climbing World Championship event organized by the UIAA Youth Commission in 2013 in Saas Grund, Switzerland. Climbers from ten member federations participated in that event.
The UIAA Safety Commission completed work on several issues that have been pending for over a decade and accelerated work on the time-sensitive subject of energy absorbing systems for via ferrata (VF-EAS) at this year’s meeting in Chamonix France.
Western University in Azerbaijan has come on board as a sponsor of the UIAA Mountain Protection Award and will organize an international mountain ecotourism conference in October, in the capital Baku which will highlight the award.
Juan J. Ibáñez Martin, the new head of the UIAA Access Commission says the qualified exchange of information between member federations with greater traditions of access and others facing bigger access challenges is key to his group’s work.
The French Alpine Club (FFCAM) wants mountaineers worldwide to know that while final approvals are pending for the new Goûter Hut on Mont Blanc (which has not yet opened), online reservation for the old hut is available.
After conquering all fourteen 8000 metre peaks around the world without oxygen, Kazakh mountaineer Maxut Zhumayev has given himself a new goal, a new Everest - the setting up of the Kazakh Alpine Club.