Mountain Voices is a podcast from the UIAA. Throughout each series, the UIAA explores different climbing and mountaineering topics. The series provide a platform for both experts from the UIAA and renowned figures from the mountain world to share their views and opinions. Each series is made of up of six episodes. Season 1 launched in February 2024 with Season 2 to follow later in the year.

Season One


What is the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour?

Episode 1 of Mountain Voices transports you to the thrilling setting of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour. The annual series pits athletes against challenging, technical routes and sends them up vertical walls of ice at lightning speeds. The venues are scenic but temperatures challenging. Climbers must master their tools and diverse competition walls. Gordon McArthur (Canada) and Eimir McSwiggan (Ireland) provide an insight into what it takes to be an elite competition ice climber, how to get involved and what keeps them coming back. Rob Adie, Competition Manager at the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – explains the format of the sport, its recent evolution and ambition to be part of the competition programme at a future Olympic Winter Games. There’s tales of blood on the ice, when to execute a Figure 4 and how ice climbing differs from sport climbing.


Are Avalanches Getting Worse?

Available 27 February


Do Women Make Safer Mountaineers?

Available 3 March


Mountain Voices is a podcast series from the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation

Presented and produced by Tarquin Cooper
Co-produced by Peter Bourne
Edited by Tom Tushaw

Mountain voices brings together views and opinions from the world of climbing and mountaineering. They are not necessarily those of the UIAA.