Youth Commission charts course under new president

As part of its mandate to promote GYS event and reach out to youth around the world, commission members strategized on a plan that includes an event in Mongolia in 2013 which will be included in the plan submitted to The Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF). The commission also worked on developing the 2013 calendar of events. Some events are already available such as two international youth ice climbing meets from FFCAM in Guillestre, France and...

Celebration of the 1982 ascent of Mount Everest in Moscow by Congress of Climbers

Members of the 1982 expedition to Everest by climbers from the former Soviet Union (Photo: Daniel Kolodin) Frits Vrijlandt, the new president of the UIAA – International and Mountaineering Federation was in Moscow in November at the invitation of the Russian Mountaineering Federation to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest by climbers from the former Soviet Union. Vrijlandt also met with senior officials from the Ministry of Sports of Russia, along with...

Maurice Herzog, leader and last surviving member of the 1950 ascent of Annapurna has passed away

Maurice Herzog, the leader and and last surviving member of the 1950 historic first ascent of Annapurna has passed away at the age of 93 years. In his obituary of Herzog published in the Guardian today, British climber Ed Douglas said Herzog became a French national national hero after returning from Annapurna in Nepal. Douglas wrote: Annapurna was the first mountain over 8,000m to be climbed. Others were higher – such as Everest, the site of British assaults in the...

Goldwin Korea to sponsor the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour

PRESS RELEASE Goldwin Korea to sponsor the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour 12 December 2012, BERN, Switzerland: The UIAA - International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation has signed a sponsorship agreement with Goldwin Korea, the official license partner of The North Face in Korea, starting with the 2013 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour. The agreement involves a long-term commitment by the UIAA and Goldwin Korea to champion and develop the sport of competitive ice climbing. "An agreement such as this one...

Dates for UIAA Ice climbing world tour finalized

Athletes taking part in the 2013 UIAA Ice Climbing world tour are reminded that the dates for the competitions have been finalized. The 2013 tour dates are: Cheongsong, South Korea (12 - 13 January, 2013): UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup (Lead and Speed) & World Championship (Lead) Saas-Fee, Switzerland (18 - 19 January, 2013): UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup (Lead and Speed) Rabenstein, Italy (26 - 27 January, 2013): UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup (Lead and...

New officers and Honorary Member elected at UIAA General Assembly in Amsterdam

19 October 2012, BERN, Switzerland: The UIAA - International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation concluded its annual General Assembly in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 13 October 2012, an event hosted by the Royal Dutch Mountaineering and Climbing Club (NKBV). More than 100 members from 49 federations attended the assembly. Major appointments and decisions by the assembly included: Frits Vrijlandt elected new president of UIAA Dutch mountaineer Frits Vrijlandt was elected president of the UIAA for a four-year term after positioning himself as the...

UIAA backs Rio+20 resolution on sustainable development

The UIAA Mountain Protection Commission has come out in support of a United Nations resolution which highlights the urgent need to commit to sustainable development in order protect a planet that is under atttack on multiple fronts including climate change and out of control growth. "This resolution highlights strongly the important role that well-designed sustainable tourism initiatives, like the new UIAA Mountain Stewardship Award and the Mountain Protection Label, can offer much-needed capacity-building and promotion of...

Worldwide warning to users of via ferrata sets

PRESS RELEASE Worldwide warning to users of via ferrata sets 13 September 2012, BERN, Switzerland: The UIAA - International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation is issuing a worldwide warning to users of via ferrata sets to check the websites of manufacturers in order to find out whether the unit they are using is safe. The warning follows a fatal accident on 5 August 2012 on a via ferrata in the vicinity of Walchsee in Tirol, Austria where a climber fell...

80 years of the UIAA

The International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA) turns 80 this month. The day credited for the birth of the idea of an international federation of climbing clubs is 27 August 1932 and it came about during a meeting that took place at a conference in Chamonix, France (21 August - 3 September 1932) when representatives of 19 countries assembled at the Majestic Hotel “The common sentiment which unites us must act as a counterweight to the political...

Indoor climbing walls focus of paper by UIAA legal experts group

The growing interest in climbing indoors has prompted the UIAA Legal Experts Working Group (LEWG) to publish a paper highlighting liability issues faced by operators of indoor walls in North America and the Europe. A number of lawsuits and their outcomes which have been filed across North America and the Europe (United Kingdom, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands) are mentioned in the paper. One case in France was brought by an injured climber against his own club which...