UIAA sends condolences to K2 victims families

he UIAA deeply regrets the death of eleven climbers on K2. The massive loss of lives was caused by a large wall of ice dislodging from the mountain, taking with it many of the fixed ropes which the climbers were using for the descent. "The recent K2...

Young climbers learn route setting

Youth from nine countries have taken part in a climbing coaching and route setting meet in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Top French climber and Petzl team member Tony Lamiche was there to share his skills. The event, called "Discovering New Cliffs", took place in...

American Alpine Club hosts international events

The American Alpine Club is going global this summer, hosting four international climbing events. The events are a Chinese-American women's climbing exchange, the club's first international climbers’ meet, an international climbing festival called the Craggin’ Classic, and an international editors’ summit. The goal of the Chinese-American Ladies’...

Indian doctors learn mountain medicine

The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) is organising a high altitude mountain medicine course in Leh in Jammu and Kashmir from September 7 to 14. The goal is to expand the number of doctors in the country with such expertise. "We are essentially trying to develop a...

Thousands of young climbers continue the Olympic spirit

Young climbers from around the world are planning to light a torch on top of Mount Olympus on August 24 to keep Olympic values alive as the flame in Beijing is extinguished. The UIAA Youth Commission is now calling on member federations to organise their own...

Call for Jammu and Kashmir to be re-opened

The Access and Conservation Commission has called on the tourism authorities in Jammu and Kashmir to re-instate infrastructure to allow for the resumption of mountaineering. “We owe it to our Indian colleagues in the UIAA to attempt a realistic and sober assessment of the risk involved,” said Commission...

China prepares environmental action for Tibet

Chinese officials have announced a new "ecological security" plan for Tibet, which has the fastest rate of global warming in the world. Climbers who visit Tibet see the most visible sign of global warming in the region: the shrinking glaciers of Mount Everest. The glaciers have...

Everest weather station goes online

A new meteorological station now in place on Mount Everest is providing hourly updates online from its position 8,000 metres above sea level. The station will supply valuable information to climbers and scientists researching climate change. The world’s highest automatic weather station, installed in May on...

Russia reports success for extreme sports event on Mount Elbrus

The event, which included a high-speed run to the top of Europe's highest peak, the 5,642m Mount Elbrus, a snowshoe race and ski-mountaineering competitions (vertical race and rally), took place from May 15-18. Red Fox Asia team members Andrey Puchinin (Kazakhstan), Sergey Seliverstov (Kyrgyzstan) and Semen...