NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORTS ON POSITIVE START

Following October’s General Assembly, the newly-formed UIAA Executive Board has already enjoyed two productive online meetings. The EB has begun the process of addressing a number of key topics including the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2021 – 2024, its own internal organisation and individual roles, an evaluation and review of members’ needs, an alignment of Commission work and projects with the Strategic Plan as well as a review of finance, accounting and audit processes. The increased...

SECOND WAVES AND VACCINES DISCUSSED BY UIAA COVID TASKFORCE

The International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) Covid-19 Crisis Consultation (CCC) Taskforce held its sixth online meeting on 18 November. The Taskforce, created in April, offers guidance and leadership on subjects related to climbing and Covid-19. All communications related to the UIAA and Covid-19 can be found on the dedicated Portal. General The Taskforce discussed the current situation in a number of countries as well as addressing developments on vaccine trials, the likelihood of extended second waves...

UIAA BUILDS UP TO INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY

Ahead of this year's United Nations' International Mountain Day (IMD) - 11 December - the UIAA is promoting a series of initiatives. These include those led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UIAA member associations, Mountain Partnership, the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) as as well as those organised by the UIAA itself. As of 2003, IMD has been observed every year to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities...

Mammut recall of removable Airbag System 3.0

UIAA Safety Label holder, Mammut, has shared the following information regarding a security recall for various avalanche backpacks with the Removable Airbag System 3.0. This, together with all other equipment recalls communicated to the UIAA Safety team, can be found on the Recalls & Warnings page. Communication from Mammut: SAFETY FIRST: Mammut asks customers to check that the cartridge is screwed into the airbag inflation system completely up to the stop. As a brand we stand for quality,...

SAFECOM: NEW PRESIDENT NOMINATED BY COMMISSION; EXCELLENT PROGRESS MADE ON SAFETY STANDARDS

Amit Chowdhury, newly elected Executive Board member of the UIAA, opened the latest online UIAA Safety Commission (SafeCom) meeting by announcing that in light of being appointed to this new role he would be stepping down as President of SafeCom. Recommended to chair the Commission for the next four years is the current Vice President Lionel Kiener of the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC). Kiener’s nomination will be sent to the UIAA Management Committee for confirmation...

UIAA features in Volume 75 of The Himalayan Journal

First published in 1929 with the mission 'To encourage and assist Himalayan travel and exploration, and to extend knowledge of the Himalaya and adjoining mountain ranges through science, art, literature and sport,' The Himalayan Journal continues to provide compelling and interesting content on an annual basis. The recently released 75th edition of The Journal includes three articles written by three people with a close association with the UIAA. Steve Long, President of the UIAA Training Panel, in...

WFSGI: THE INDUSTRY HAS A PLAN, BUT WILL NEED TIME TO ADOPT AND ADAPT TO CHANGES

The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) has published the latest edition of its WFSGI COVID-19 Impact Survey. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE WFSGI COVID-19 IMPACT SURVEY OCTOBER EDITION Manufacturing Companies Responses: DEMAND: Less than one third of survey participants didn’t see orders decrease. The situation remains challenging for the European and Northern American markets from where 50% see less orders being made. However, it seems that for most other regions the situation has not further deteriorated. LOGISTICS: Of the...

UIAA SAFECOM ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS:
HALF ROPES

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, recently commenced a series of articles answering common questions with the objective of making them available to the wider climbing community. This month’s question is: Can half ropes be used as a single or twin rope? Further context to the question submitted - Based on the assumption that each...

UIAA VOLUNTEER SERIES: NIKOLAY PRIMEROV

At 37, and in relative terms, Nikolay Primerov is one of the younger volunteers supporting the UIAA, International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation. Over the past few years he has served as one of the Athlete Representatives on the Ice Climbing Commission. “My motivation for joining as an Athletes' Representative was to improve communication as sometimes it felt like the Commission was just working by itself,” explains Nikolay. “Now I feel like this link has been...

UIAA MEDCOM CONTRIBUTES TO COVID-19 AND MOUNTAINEERING PAPER

The UIAA Medical Commission, primarily its President Urs Hefti, have contributed to a new paper ‘SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19 & mountain sports: specific risks, their mitigation and recommendations for policy makers’. The publication is one of the first dedicated to Covid-19 and outdoor/mountain sports. A summary of the draft paper is available here. The full draft paper can be downloaded from the Mountaineering Scotland website. Although the paper is still to be finalised, given the immediacy and global prevalence...