CALL FOR CASE STUDIES ON PLASTIC WASTE IN REMOTE AND MOUNTAINOUS AREAS

Following the launch of the first-ever global survey of the public on waste in mountain areas earlier this year, the UIAA now extends a call for case studies on plastic waste in remote and mountainous areas, under the initiative of the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS Secretariat). In cooperation with GRID-Arendal and funding from the Governments of France and Norway, the BRS Secretariat is implementing a project addressing the environmentally sound...

STRATEGIC MEETINGS SET CLEAR PATHWAY FOR UIAA

The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – Management Committee (MC) held its second online meeting of 2021 on 1 May. It was followed, as is now custom, by a meeting of the Executive Board, MC and UIAA Commission Presidents. MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE Following an opening address by UIAA President Peter Muir, Françoise Jaquet, UIAA Treasurer, detailed the UIAA’s financial result 2020 for General Assembly recommendation before presenting the first 2021 budget forecast. One of the more significant...

Registration open for 2021 Youth Climbing Camp in Ariege

Registration is open for this year’s UIAA Global Youth event in Ariege, France. The camp takes place from 6-11 July and is open to youngsters from 16-25 years old. The event is organised by the UIAA Youth Commission and the Toulouse branch of FFCAM. The event forms part of the UIAA's Global Youth Summit events. The main goal of the camp is for youngsters to practice and develop many forms of climbing, cliffs with one pitch,...

UIAA SAFECOM ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS:
Disinfecting climbing equipment

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: Is there is a recognised procedure to disinfect/clean climbing equipment (such as harnesses, helmets, ropes) other than the usual cleaning process of using mild soap and...

UIAA VOLUNTEER SERIES: JUAN JESÚS IBAÑEZ MARTIN

For over 21 years, Juan Jesús Ibañez Martin (FEDME, Spain) has supported the UIAA as a volunteer primarily lending his expertise in the field of access. Joining the Access Commission in 2000 he has risen through the ranks from full member to secretary and more recently as President of the now Working Group which forms part of the Mountaineering Commission. At May’s UIAA Management Committee meeting, Ibañez Martin’s eight-year term came to an end with...

LATEST CLIMBING EQUIPMENT RECALL INFORMATION

The UIAA Safety Commission has shared details of three recent equipment recalls. Text marked in italics is provided by the individual manufacturer. Climbing Technology – Easy Speed As a precautionary measure, Climbing Technology is voluntarily recalling its EASY SPEED (Ref. No. 2F714), subject to verification by the user. Full details and related instructions can be found here. Péguet – Safety Warning – Maillon Rapide 8mm Standard Zinc plated steel EN362 / EN12275 Ref.MRNZ08.0 CE EN   Further details can be found here and through...

UIAA MARKS EARTH DAY 2021

Earth Day, created in 1970, is an annual event held on 22 April to raise awareness about the importance of environmental protection. Today it is a global movement with initiatives and events taking place internationally. The UIAA Mountain Protection Commission (MPC) marked the day by participating in a Mountain Women of the World webinar, led by a transnational network of mountain women. During the session, mountain women from around the world including three members of the MPC...

COVID 19 TASKFORCE: WORLDWIDE CLIMBING PICTURE

The UIAA Taskforce set up to offer guidance to the climbing community throughout the Covid-19 pandemic held its most recent online meeting on 24 March. Discussions centred on the subject of vaccination roll outs, the impact of third waves in certain countries and recommendations to the UIAA Management Committee regarding the staging of in-person meetings later this year including October’s General Assembly. Across the world and UIAA membership, the situation is very different ranging from a...

SAFE WATER IN THE MOUNTAINS:
UIAA PRODUCES ADVICE VIDEO

Water-borne diseases are amongst the most common and important health issues affecting mountain visitors. Although contaminated food may be a more important risk factor for traveller’s diarrhea than water, the availability of safe water and knowledge of how to obtain it is a must for climbers worldwide to balance (high altitude) dehydration, to improve performance, and to minimise risks (e.g. frostbite, altitude diseases). In most cases the responsibility for obtaining and purifying water will be...

We are Nature: Mountain Women Collectively Defending the Earth – Webinar for Earth Day

As part of the Mountain Women of the World project, a dedicated Webinar is being launched on Earth Day (22 April), led by a transnational network of mountain women. It will be a space for groups of mountain women from around the world to share experiences and knowledge. The attendance to the Webinar is open for registration. The UIAA will be represented by three members of its Mountain Protection Commission, Dr Carolina Adler (New Zealand), Professor Harshwanti...