LATEST UPDATES FROM UIAA MEMBERS ON COVID-19

DRAFT ARTICLE - NOT FOR RELEASE - TO BE PUBLISHED ON 4 OR 5 MARCH The UIAA Covid-19 Crisis Consultation (CCC) Taskforce, set up nearly a year ago to provide guidance on subjects related to climbing and mountaineering throughout the lifespan of the current pandemic, continues to meet regularly online with its members providing updates from their federations and countries. Below is a summary of resources and information from different countries provided during meetings held since the...

REVIEW: A PLATFORM FOR YOUTH TO SHINE

The annual UIAA Ice Climbing World Youth Championships took place in Tyumen, Russia from 26-28 February. Nearly fifty youngsters in U16, U19 and U21 categories took on speed and boulder competitions. Owing to travel restrictions and the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of countries able to send athletes to the event was impacted. Five nations were represented - the Czech Republic, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and hosts Russia. Those who did attend braved the...

UIAA TO LAUNCH MOUNTAIN NETWORK SERIES WEBINARS

While spending time in the mountains, exploring new rock faces and peaks and even climbing indoors has been severely restricted for most people over the past twelve months, the climbing community has been able to able to engage more frequently and actively online. Although no substitute for being outdoors, technology has made it possible for creative projects and collaboration to flourish. The UIAA has worked almost exclusively online for the past twelve months at an office,...

SUPPORTING THE TREKKING INDUSTRY: UIAA TO HELP ESTABLISH A MOUNTAIN WORKER INITIATIVE

In response to the growing issues faced by mountain workers and guides in the expedition and trekking industry, a situation further exacerbated by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – is establishing a Mountain Worker Initiative (MWI). The MWI, guided by the UIAA Mountaineering Commission (MountCom), will seek to establish, disseminate and support guidelines for ethical trekking and mountaineering practices worldwide with a focus on the lives of...

HOW TO FOLLOW THE UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS

The annual UIAA Ice Climbing World Youth Championships will be held in Tyumen, Russia this weekend. Youngsters in U16, U19 and U21 categories will take on speed and boulder competitions. Currently 35 athletes are registered. The UIAA will provide a livestream of the speed and boulder finals on Sunday 28 February. Qualification for both events takes place on Saturday. Action will be broadcast on the UIAA YouTube channel. Please subscribe for updates. Live speed results will be...

SUSTAINABILITY OBJECTIVES FOR 2021 SET IN MOTION

Throughout the past twelve months, UIAA Commissions have embraced online technology as a means of meeting more regularly. The Mountain Protection Commission (MPC) is no exception. At its first meeting of 2021, the MPC focused on priorities for the year ahead while delegates provide updates on sustainability initiatives within their own federations. 2021 PROJECTS The revised timeline for the 2020-2021 UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA), partnered by Bally, was recently communicated. The application portal has remained open throughout...

LOCAL HEROES DOMINATE 2021 FINICE

Two regulars on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour – Pauli Salminen and Mira Alhonsuo – took the plaudits at the 2021 UIAA Ice Climbing European Cup event (FINICE) held in Oulu, Finland on the weekend of 21-22 February. Salminen dominated the 25-strong men’s competition topping during each round. Fellow Finnish athletes Albert Kaikkonen and Henri Toivola joined him on the podium. Alhonsuo held off determined pressure from fellow World Cup athlete Enni Bertling. The pair matched...

BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL CALLS FOR CLIMBING MOVIES

UIAA member associations are informed that applications are open to submit films for the fifth edition of MFM – Mostra Filmes de Montanha, an international exhibition of mountain films, whose objective is to promote mountain culture, mountain sports and free access. Application for the 2021 edition closes on 31 March. Entries can be submitted here. The festival, a free event, is supported by the UIAA member association in Brazil, CBME – the Brazilian Mountain Hiking and Climbing Confederation....

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS IN THE Galicica National Park

UIAA full member, the Mountaineering Federation of North Macedonia (FPSM), with the support of the UIAA Access Working Group, wishes to share details of access restrictions imposed on climbers visiting the Galičica National Park. BACKGROUND The Galičica National Park is situated in the Galicica range and forms part of the mountain range of Shara-Pind. Due to its natural beauty and rich flora and fauna, the Macedonian section of the mountain was declared a National Park in 1958....

UIAA SAFECOM ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS:
Figure-eight knots

The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – regularly receives questions related to safety topics. The UIAA Safety Commission, with support of other UIAA Commissions and experts, has published a series of articles answering common questions with the objective of making them available to the wider climbing community. This month’s question is: I have a question about something an instructor once taught me. He said that the main rope should "clamp" the whole knot, passing behind (red...