OR SEATTLE FACTORY CONVERTING TO PRODUCE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

The following is a recent update from Outdoor Research, Title Sponsor of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour. The original article can be found here. Outdoor Research is converting its onshore manufacturing facility in Seattle to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the medical community in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This will enable Outdoor Research to produce upwards of 200,000 masks per day. This commitment includes adding additional manufacturing capability within the Seattle plant as well as installing...

Updates from Nepal Mountaineering Association

The following are two Covid-19 related updates from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), the UIAA full member in Nepal. Nepal Mountaineering Association contributes to Covid-19 fund The following article was published in the Himalayan Times on 12 April. Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) handed over a cheque of NRs 500,000 to the government-established (COVID-19) Control and Treatment Relief Fund, today. The cheque was handed over today to the Secretary of Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Mahendra...

From Everest To Coronavirus: Our Differing Attitudes To Risk

The following article was published by Forbes on 8 April. The author Dr Melanie Windridge, is VP of the Alpine Club, a UIAA member association. The coronavirus pandemic has seen a global change in human behaviour on a scale and nature unseen in recent times, perhaps ever. In the space of a few weeks the majority of the world has radically changed how they work, socialise, and think. Yet many look on aghast that not everyone has...

Liechtenstein: Following Government Guidelines

Liechtensteiner Alpenverein, UIAA full member in Liechtenstein communicated the following advisory to its membership. The below is a translation from the original article in German. Measures and recommendations related to the coronavirus Dear Alpine Club members and mountain friends The measures and recommendations relating to the corona virus have also been massively tightened in Liechtenstein. The work and club life of the Alpine Club are enormously affected by current developments. For this reason, we cancelled all activities of the Alpine...

TRAINING IN THE NEW NORMAL

Owing to the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic all onsite courses scheduled by the UIAA Training Panel have been postponed until further notice. In response to the lockdown currently impacting most areas of the world, the UIAA is having to adapt to the new normal and is using the opportunity to make progress on projects which can be managed remotely and from home. To cite an example, the UIAA Training Panel President Steve Long and his...

INDIAN MOUNTAINEERING FOUNDATION IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

The following letter to its members was published by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) on 7 April. The original article can be found here. Dear Respected Members,  As the pandemic of Corona Virus rages on unabated, I take this opportunity to wish you and your  families, good health and well being! These are unprecedented times for our Nation and Countrymen, indeed for the human race  the world over. As we fight this deadly  onslaught on humanity, we have no...

FEDME (SPAIN) MESSAGE TO THE MOUNTAINEERING COMMUNITY

The following communication was provided by UIAA full member, FEDME –Federación Española De Deportes De Montaña Y Escalada, on 7 April. Representing the Spanish Autonomous Federations and clubs, we stand in solidarity with the dramatic situation that our country is experiencing and show our love and absolute support for the families of the victims and the sick people. At the same time, we want to convey our thanks and appreciation for the effort and dedication of...

Measures implemented in North Macedonia

The following update is courtesy of Goran Nikoloski, Mountaineering Federation of North Macedonia. SUMMARY OF NATIONWIDE MEASURES All events suspended All schools closed Land borders closed Non-essential production stopped Non-essential shops closed Non-essential movement-banned Police hours (21:00 – 06:00) Daily movement of age groups divided: 06:00 – 11:00 – 67 – over 67 years old 11:00 – 21:00 – 2– 66 years old Northern border town Kumanovo - ban of movement during whole weekend. FEDERATION INFORMATION Executive structures of FPSM (Mountaineering Federation of...

SWISS ALPINE CLUB: Summary of COVID-19 measures

The following information is courtesy of Swiss Alpine Club President, and UIAA Management Committee member, Françoise Jaquet. A detailed overview on our actions and communication can be found on the SAC website https://www.sac-cas.ch/fr/le-cas/les-cabanes-du-cas-restent-fermees-23205/ https://www.sac-cas.ch/en/the-sac/sac-huts-remain-closed-23205/ Since March 2 and throughout the evolution of the recommendations of the Federal Council and the Federal Office of Public Health, we informed regularly the section presidents by dedicated letters and our members by communication on our website. On March 13 we created a crisis task...