CROATIA: IMPACT ON ORGANISATION

The following communication, a translation from the original in Croatian, was published by the Croatian Mountaineering Association (HPS) on 27 April. We inform all HPS members that the Office of the Croatian Mountaineering Association will continue to work every day from 9am to 3pm. During this time, information on hiking and mountains can be obtained and hiking literature, diaries, maps and articles can be ordered. In order to avoid close physical contacts, the HPS Office does not...

QUEBEC: COLLABORATION WITH AUTHORITIES

The following update is courtesy of longstanding UIAA associate member Fédération Québécoise de la Montagne et de l’Escalade (FQME) and was originally published in French on 23 April. The below is a translation. The link also provides updates to previous releases. While the situation of COVID-19 continues to disrupt everyone's daily life, the FQME wants to inform you of new developments and to make sure that its entire team is doing everything in its power to...

GET ACTIVE INDOORS

The following resource aimed at keeping people active indoors has been created by Ordnance Survey in the UK. Over 50 national organisations in the outdoor recreation industry have come together to keep you connected with the outdoors and engaged with our natural environments whilst we all continue to self-isolate to help protect our communities. As a collective, we hope to educate, entertain, inspire the nation, sharing in your challenges and achievements to help keep everyone both...

A TRIBUTE TO JOE BROWN

British climbing mourned the passing of one of its greatest sons recently, with the sad death of the legendary Joe Brown on 15 April at the age of 89. Affectionately known as the ‘Human Fly’, Brown was born in Ardwick, Manchester in 1930, the youngest of seven children. He subsequently went on to become one of the leading figures in British climbing throughout the 1950s and 60s, notably through his partnership with Don Whillans. Brown’s father,...

GOOD ROCK CLIMBING PRACTICE DURING PANDEMIC

On 22 April, UIAA Access Commission member Miłosz Jodłowski wrote the following article for the Polish Mountaineering Association, a founder member of the UIAA. The communication focused on staying safe as and when restrictions are relaxed. The below is a Google translation of the original in Polish. Significant easing of restrictions associated with the coronavirus epidemic meant that many climbers training at home so far began planning trips to the rocks. However, remember that not all...

SOUTH AFRICA: MATERIAL FOR CLIMBERS

The following update comes courtesy of Greg Moseley, President of the Mountain Club of South Africa and UIAA Management Committee member. Moseley used the federation’s April newsletter, to offer the following words and tips on enduring lockdown: May you live in interesting times – well, we are certainly doing that! Albeit not in a way that we would choose! Obviously, the Covid-19 pandemic is having a serious impact on our chosen way of life in the...

UIAA RESTATED PRIORITIES FOR 2020 AND BEYOND

The following article is a minor update the original communication first published on 20 February. Following up on meetings dating back to the 2019 Annual General Assembly in Cyprus and involving the UIAA General Assembly and Management Committee, assiduous work was done by the Executive Board on collectively realigning and reformulating the UIAA’s vision, objectives and role. Taking elements from the expertise which went into the preparation of the 2019 UIAA Strategic Plan (produced by a dedicated...

SLOVENIA: APPEAL TO CLIMBING COMMUNITY

The Alpine of Association of Slovenia is another member federation to have introduced a dedicated portal for Covid-19 news. It can be found here. The federation also published the following statement: The Alpine Federation of Slovenia urges all mountain lovers to give up mountain activities in the current situation and not to put themselves at unnecessary risk and to put additional stress on mountain rescuers and medical personnel. Mountain huts, nature climbing areas and some mountain trails throughout...

JAPAN: FEDERATION UPDATES

The following statement was published by the Japan Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Association (JMSCA) on 8 April. The JMSCA confirmed that as of 7 April all employees would work from home following guidelines from competent authorities. The only exception were personnel engaged in accountancy. The original article in Japanese can be found here. An additional update was provided on 20 April: ▪ Japan’s big four mountain associations namely; the Japan Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Association, Japan Workers’ Alpine Federation,...