Updated: Pakistan Alpine Club joins UIAA in condemning attack on Nanga Parbat mountaineers

Editor's note: The UIAA strongly condemned the senseless murder of 10 mountaineers at the base camp of Nanga Parbat on 23 June 2013. Not long after, Lt. Col (Retd) Manzoor Hussain, president of the Pakistan Alpine Club, a member federation of the UIAA wrote a heartfelt letter to president Frits Vrijlandt on 28 June 2013. Reprinted below is the letter followed by the original press release: Dear Mr President Compliments from Alpine Club of Pakistan. I write to you...

Update – UIAA Safety commission tackles via ferrata, bolts and rope standards in Chamonix, France

Editor's Note: The UIAA Safety Commission met recently in Chamonix, France. Commission president Dave Custer filed this update from the meeting. The UIAA Safety Commission completed work on several pending issues such as ropes and bolt standards and accelerated work on the time-sensitive subject of energy absorbing systems for via ferrata (VF-EAS) at this year’s meeting in Chamonix France. To accelerate the VF-EAS work, a fifth of the meeting was devoted to a joint UIAA Safety Commission/European...

Western University in Azerbaijan to sponsor Mountain Protection Award

Western University in Azerbaijan has come on board as a sponsor of the UIAA Mountain Protection Award and will organize an international mountain ecotourism conference in October, in the capital Baku, that will highlight the award. The sponsorship will go towards a cash prize of USD $5,000 for the winner of the inaugural award which is a stamp of authority for best practices to an organization or tour operator that has implemented/is implementing outstanding projects on...

Juan J. Ibáñez Martin is new head of the UIAA Access Commission

Juan J. Ibáñez Martin, the new head of the UIAA Access Commission says the qualified exchange of information between member federations with greater traditions of access and others facing bigger access challenges is key to his group’s work. "We want to strengthen assistance to members of the UIAA in discussions with the authorities and the managers of protected areas,” said Ibáñez Martin. Ibáñez Martin took over the reins of the commission from Clare Bond at a meeting...

International Mountain Summit includes a focus on extreme sports

Our friends at the International Mountain Summit who host one of the biggest and much anticipated mountaineering conferences in Europe have sent us news about what’s happening this year in October. This year’s summit which is in its fifth year takes place in Brixen, Italy and includes meetings, presentations, walks, films, pictures and climbing. The range of topics being discussed includes the mountain biking boom, the Dolomites as a Natural World Heritage site, telemedicine and music. Speakers...

Mont Blanc hut online reservation system open

The French Alpine Club (FFCAM) wants mountaineers worldwide to know that while final approvals are pending for the new Goûter Hut on Mont Blanc (which has not yet opened), online reservation for the old hut is available. The bookings for the hut are from June until September and it is possible to book until the day of arrival at 10h00 - if spaces is still available. You can book online at http://refugedugouter.ffcam.fr/resapublic.html and at http://refugedugouter.ffcam.fr/resapro.html if you are professional guide member...

Working group seeks to make UIAA an even more representative body

The UIAA Management Committee which met earlier this month in Orvieto, Italy (Italian Alpine Club - CAI) has approved the creation of a working group to attract new members, especially federations from smaller and financially disadvantaged countries. The work of the group includes a review of the UIAA Solidarity Fund which was established in 1997 to help financially support federations that could not pay their UIAA membership fees. Because of problems deciding which federation would receive funds...

Boon or blight: Challenges facing the Everest region

Editor’s note: Rodney Garrard is a member of the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission and PhD student at the Centre for Development & Environment (CDE), Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland. His research explores the on-going landscape transformation in Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) National Park and assesses the impacts of change on key environmental services: water provision, food and fibre production, protection from natural hazards among others. As Nepal and the Khumbu gets ready to celebrate the...

Alpine Association of Slovenia celebrates a proud 120th anniversary

The Alpine Association of Slovenia (PZS), one of Europe’s oldest and proudest alpine associations, is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year with pomp, pride and pageantry. Originally called the Slovenian Alpine Club, the association which was founded on 27 February 1893 today represents about 278 alpine clubs and 57,520 members or as PZS spokesperson Zdenka Mihelič proudly puts it, a remarkable 2.6 per cent of Republic of Slovenia’s total population. Earlier this month on April 12, the...

American Alpine Club Seeks Climbers to join the 2013 International Climbers Meet

From the American Alpine Club: The American Alpine Club is hosting its annual International Climbers’ Meet (ICM) and extending an invitation to all UIAA members to participate in this annual event to be held the week of Oct 7 - October 12, 2013 in Yosemite Valley. Experience with placement and removal of protection, multi-pitch rope management, at least two years of technical rock climbing, and the ability to follow sustained 5-8 granite is mandatory. The goal is to...