Annual Meeting: UIAA Ice Climbing Commission

The UIAA Ice Climbing Commission held its annual meeting this weekend hosted by the Federação de Campismo e Montanhismo de Portugal – UPD in Lisbon.
During a series of productive exchanges, the Commission laid down the foundations for its road map until 2020, which includes supporting the development of ice climbing in its quest to become an Olympic competition sport at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
The Commission also reflected on the progress made during the 2016 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, sponsored by The North Face Korea.
The next UIAA-supported ice climbing event takes place with a showcase event in Tignes, France on 24 April.
The Ice Climbing Commission is responsible for framing the rules and regulations for ice climbing competitions. It also ensures quality of the competitions as per UIAA terms and standards. As part of its development activities the Commission organises courses for route setters and judges for ice climbing competitions. These technical courses permit aspirant judges and route setters to inform themselves about the latest rules and innovations in the sport.
As part of its commitment to the future of the sport, the UIAA recently published a PractICE climbing guide for athletes, organisers, member federations and anyone interested in becoming involved in ice climbing.