The Mountaineering Commission (MountCom), was one of the four Commissions founded at the first UIAA General Assembly in 1933 in Cortina d’Ampezzo. The other three commissions were: Alpine Tourism, Mountain Science, Mountain Art & Literature.
Until 2022, MountCom comprised the Legal and Training working groups which are now independent commissions.
General purpose of the UIAA Mountaineering Commission:
- The Commission was created to promote best practices by identifying and addressing development, access, ethical, cultural and technical *) issues of international importance. The UIAA’s and the Mountaineering Commission’s strategic priorities are to focus on:- Providing guidance on critical and emerging mountaineering issues
– Setting and maintaining high ethical standards in international mountaineering such that the style of climbing without causing damage to the human or natural environment is maintained
– Encouraging and supporting national federations and their members in their mountaineering activities
Tasks of the Commission:
- Support member organisations in their climbing, mountaineering and mountain sport activities.
- Seek for solutions to all issues of international importance.
- Promote and develop mountaineering and mountain sports as activities with specific high human and social values.
- Encourage the development of best practice in mountaineering.
- Promote responsible access and conservation of mountain areas and promote awareness of, and respect for the environment among all users of mountain terrain.
MountCom’s activities focus on:
- In general, to provide support and advice to member federations and the global climbing and mountaineering community.
- Develop, promote, and monitor official UIAA recommendations and declarations on best practice in climbing and mountaineering by:
- Renewing the Tyrol Declaration from 2022 to fit with modern views
- To promote the ethical principles for climbing and mountaineering
- Facilitate communication and collaboration between «traditional» mountaineers and their adventure industry partners and between different cultural groups in mountaineering»
- Attempt to bring the adventure tourism industry into the mainstream of mountaineering
- Attempt to further develop, promote and monitor the “UIAA Mountain Worker Initiative”
- To resuscitate the Access Working Group • To assist with timeous media queries
- Maintain, promote and further develop UIAA standardisation, statistics and grading concepts.
- Compile and collate, a statistical accident data base on a global level with a focus on accident prevention, and to disseminate the relevant information.
- To investigate ways of including the hiking fraternity into the Mountaineering Commissions work.
- To work on ways to disseminate the UIAA views on mountaineering
- Other tasks as from time to time directed or approved by the UIAA Management Committee, e.g., the 8000-metre peak issue
Mountaineering Commission Membership
Date and Location TBC
South Africa (MCSA)
Republic of Korea (KAF)
United Kingdom (BMC)