Protecting Uplands and Rural Environments by
Pure Project

Photo: © Pure Project NOMINEE PROFILE Location: IrelandProject Status:  2006-ongoing Contact: Ian DavisEmail FacebookWebsite A MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS The Pure Mile is an environmental initiative of The Pure (Protecting Uplands and Rural Environments) Project, which aims to foster a greater appreciation and awareness of our country roadscapes and mountains, by rewarding and...

PSD Nepal plastics upcycling & recycling in Langtang National Park, Rasuwa, Nepal
by PSD Nepal

Photo: © PSD Plastics NOMINEE PROFILE Location: NepalProject Status:  October 2018 - ongoing Contact: Samuel JohnsFacebookInstagramWebsite A MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS PSD Nepal plastics work is based in the historic Langtang Valley of Rasuwa, Nepal – both a National Park of environmental protection and a heritage site of rich cultural and historical...

Mountain protection worldwide through citizen science and volunteering by Biosphere Expeditions

Photo: © Biosphere Expeditions NOMINEE PROFILE Location: WorldwideProject Status:  1999 - ongoing Contact: Dr. Matthias HammerEmail Facebook WebsiteInstagram MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS Biosphere Expeditions is active in the following regions: Faragas Mountains, Romania: We are involved in creating Europe’s biggest protected area and managing this through citizen science and applied research and conservation.  Altai: We have...

AlpineLearning Project Weeks by
Swiss Alpine Club SAC

Photo: © Swiss Alpine Club NOMINEE PROFILE Location: SwitzerlandProject Status:  2014 - ongoing Contact: Martin KünzleEmail Facebook Website A MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS What does nature-friendly mountaineering mean? What natural dangers lurk in the mountains? What does the everyday life of a hut warden look like? For five days the classroom is moved to...

Sustainable Waste Management in the Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, Nepal by University of Colorado at Boulder

Photo: © University of Colorado Boulder NOMINEE PROFILE Location: NepalProject Status:  March 2019-March 2020 Contact: Alton C. ByersEmailFacebookWebsiteInstagram MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS The accumulation of solid waste in the world’s high mountain basecamps and high camps has been a chronic problem facing alpine ecosystems since mountaineering first became popular in the 1850s....

TWELVE PROJECTS VYE FOR PREEMINENT AWARD

Following a six month application and assessment process, the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission has published the list of projects to be showcased as part of the 2019 UIAA Mountain Protection Award. This year marks the seventh running of the annual prize. The final list of nominees comprises 12 high-quality projects...

Sustainable Andes by Fondo de Acceso Andino

Photo: © Fundacion Acceso Andino NOMINEE PROFILE Location: EcuadorProject Status:  January 2020 - June 2020 Contact: Felipe ProanoEmail Facebook WebsiteInstagram MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS The Andes of Ecuador have three three main areas where rock climbing is the main tourist attraction. These areas are Zumbahua (Cotopaxi province), San Juan (Chimborazo province) and...

Clean Climber by Clean Climber

Photo: © Clean Climber NOMINEE PROFILE Location: Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Europe, USAProject Status:  Launched August 2018 Contact: Gerard van LaarEmail Facebook Website A MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS Clean Climber organises clean-up events together with climbers and local people alike at rock climbing crags and access roads to these crags. We promote the event, provide clean-up...

Towards Climate Neutral Mountaineering by Protect Our Winters Switzerland

Photo: © Protect Our Winters NOMINEE PROFILE Location: SwitzerlandProject Status:  March 2019-October 2020 (first cycle of two years) Contact: Nicholas BornsteinEmail Facebook InstagramWebsite BEST PRACTICES IN MOUNTAINEERING AND MOUNTAIN-BASED SPORTS Protect Our Winters Switzerland (POW) is the outdoor sports community’s leading voice against climate change and part of the global POW...

JANEZ SVOLJSAK 1993-2019

The UIAA was saddened to hear about the sudden recent passing of Slovenian climber Janez Svoljšak. A regular competitor on the full UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour from 2013-2017, Janez had dedicated the past three years to traditional alpinism. Janez specialised in fast ascents of hard...