New classification system for reporting injuries

The UIAA Medical Commission has released a new recommendation to improve the reporting of mountaineering injuries. In the past, the expert panel says, “objective reporting of the injury site and its severity varied according to the injury definition and methodology used”. This led to different conclusions...

Safety standards meeting focuses on lab testing and marine anchors

The UIAA Safety Commission has held its annual plenary session from June 2 to 4 in Longarone, Italy. The expert panel, which develops the safety standards for equipment recognized by climbers around the world, discussed the extent which approved testing facilities can subcontract their work as well as...

Members’ value highlighted at executive meeting

Increasing value for members by providing information on expeditions and mountain huts were two of the issues discussed at the UIAA’s executive meeting, held on May 8 in Kalymnos, Greece. In his address to the UIAA Management Committee, President Mike Mortimer said he would like to...

Training assessment programme sees large demand

The UIAA’s Mountaineering Commission is reviewing its international training assessment and accreditation programme, due to the large demand from national federations. The work of the Training Standards Working Group (TSWG) was in the spotlight at a recent meeting of the Mountaineering Commission in Montserrat, near Barcelona, Spain. The meeting...

Nakamura reveals Sichuan’s unclimbed peaks

Renowned Japanese climber and explorer, Tamotsu "Tom" Nakamura, has returned from a recent expedition to Sichuan, China. His report, below, details the many unclimbed peaks in the region. Many of the peaks he refers to can be viewed in this gallery of his photographs. Nakamura report: Unclimbed Summits in Sichuan...

Slovenia celebrates milestones

The Alpine Association of Slovenia is celebrating a couple of important milestones in 2010, and is putting the final touches on the country's first mountain museum. The following report on these key anniversaries and events was provided by the association president, Ekar Franc. Aljazev Stolp - Triglav Tower 115 years...

Big strides for Georgian ski mountaineering on Mt Kazbek

The UIAA Youth Commission is supporting the Georgian mountaineering federation in its efforts to set up a youth programme. At the request of the Mountaineering and Climbing Association of Georgia (MCAG) and its President Zurab Kutchava, the Youth Commission sent Swiss mountain guide Daniel Oberli on...

Ice thrills competitors of first-ever youth event

President of the UIAA Youth Commission, Anne Arran, interviewed three key people involved with the first ever UIAA European Youth Ice Climbing Championship which took place from January 16 to 17 in Saas Grund, Switzerland. She spoke to the winner of the women’s competition, a former...