Douglas Tompkins 1943-2015

The UIAA is saddened to hear about the passing of Douglas Tompkins, a legendary and inspirational figure in the climbing and mountaineering world. Douglas, co-founder of The North Face, was truly passionate about nature and dedicated much of his life to conservation. He was the driving...

New Download: UIAA Warning About Climbing Anchor Failures

The UIAA Safety Commission has produced an extensive document charting the factors behind the recent incidents of unexpected climbing anchor failures, notably those under low loads and sometimes after only some months/years in place. The effects of Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) has been...

2015 UIAA General Assembly: A Review

(Seoul, South Korea - 23 October) The UIAA confirms changes to its Statute – the updated version will be available soon; announces a partnership with the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF); presents details of its – and the Nepal Mountaineering Association’s – support to the WFP programme; while KTK-BELT...