MONT BLANC: WHEN AND WHY DO ROCKS FALL IN THE COULOIR DU GOÛTER?

A new study carried out by the EDYTEM - ISTerre laboratories, supported by the Petzl Foundation, has been conducted to better understand how rockfalls occur in the Goûter couloir, on the normal route up Mont Blanc. The study provides valuable information for mountaineers. In particular the study analyses: Which periods are...

SAFECOM TO LAUNCH NEW MISUSE RESOURCE

The UIAA Safety Commission held an internal meeting meeting on 19 May, to discuss working group updates and plan for its first virtual Plenary meeting. Conducted online, the internal meeting will be followed by the annual plenary meeting held together with climbing equipment manufacturers (UIAA Safety Label Holders) and representatives...

2019 UIAA ANNUAL REPORT NOW AVAILABLE

The UIAA - International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation - has published its 2019 Annual Report. The digital report provides easier access to key resources - such as UIAA news articles, video content and multimedia assets. Contents include: President's Annual Message A Review of 2019 UIAA General Assembly 2019 UIAA Strategy...

ONLINE MEETINGS PAVE WAY FOR UIAA PROGRESS

For the first time in the UIAA’s near 90-year history, and owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, its biannual Management Committee meeting was held online. The virtual format proved to be a success. All discussion topics and voting were successfully negotiated and all MC members, delegates...

SAFETY ALERT: CANYONING HARNESSES

It has been reported that three canyon harnesses of unrelated marks and models broke between July 2017 and December 2018 in La Réunion, le Verdon, and Angon, (France). Fortunately, these breakages did not result in any serious injuries. A laboratory member of the UIAA Safety Commission...

REVISION TO UIAA STANDARD 101

The UIAA recently updated one of its core Safety Standards (101 – Dynamic Ropes). This is part of the UIAA Safety Commission’s commitment to ensuring its Standards meet the ever-changing nature and demands of the market and climbing and mountaineering world. The revision focused on correcting...

INFORMATION ON CLIMBING EQUIPMENT RECALLS

The UIAA Safety Label team has been informed about two recent product recalls. They concern: DMM Climbing: DMM Nexus swivel body recall for inspection (main photo) La Sportiva: Mulaz, Skyline helmet models The complete list of recalls recorded by the UIAA since 2009 can be found here....