A TRIBUTE TO JOE BROWN

British climbing mourned the passing of one of its greatest sons recently, with the sad death of the legendary Joe Brown on 15 April at the age of 89. Affectionately known as the ‘Human Fly’, Brown was born in Ardwick, Manchester in 1930, the youngest of...

COVID-19 NEWS FROM BOSNIA

The following update comes from UIAA full member Mountaineering Union of Federation Bosnia - Herzegovina was was published on 6 April. The article (below is a Google translation from the original read): We recommend that you spend these days reading mountaineering literature, renew your first aid knowledge,...

SWISS ALPINE CLUB: Summary of COVID-19 measures

The following information is courtesy of Swiss Alpine Club President, and UIAA Management Committee member, Françoise Jaquet. A detailed overview on our actions and communication can be found on the SAC website https://www.sac-cas.ch/fr/le-cas/les-cabanes-du-cas-restent-fermees-23205/ https://www.sac-cas.ch/en/the-sac/sac-huts-remain-closed-23205/ Since March 2 and throughout the evolution of the recommendations of the Federal Council and...

CBME: Mountaineers united against COVID-19

The following communication was published on 24 March by CBME - Brazilian Mountain Hiking and Climbing Confederation (CBME) - the UIAA's full member in Brazil. The below is a Google translation of the original Portuguese into English. Due to the global crisis of COVID-19, the main recommendation is to stay home!...

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...

THE OUTDOOR JOURNAL: LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Published on 13 March, the following is a letter from Apoorva Prasad, Editor in Chief, of the Outdoor Journal. We are, by our very roots, a publication focused on borderless travel, humanism, ecocentrism and internationalism. This crisis feels unprecedented. When something like a pandemic strikes humanity, it...

APPEAL TO AVOID THE MOUNTAINS

The German Alpine Club published the following statement on 20 March. It appealed to its members not to visit the mountains and especially difficult and long tours. The article (in German) can be found here....