Youth ascent of Mt. Elbrus

The Ukrainian Mountaineering and Climbing Federation invites young mountaineers aged 16 – 30 years to join their ascent of Mt Elbrus, summer 2008. To invite young mountaineers  from all countries to an international joint ascent of Mt Elbrus is a yearly tradition of the The Ukrainian Mountaineering and Climbing Federation. This year the event will last 11 days, from the 7th –  17th of July.  At 5642m, Mt Elbrus is the highest peak in Europe and...

Open Russian mountaineering championship 2008

From 11 July - 30 July 2008 the Russian Mountaineering Federation (RMF), together with the Russian outdoors company RedFox, will organise a big festival of mountaineering and extreme sports. Leading athletes of rock-climbing, mountaineering, base-jumping and hill running will take part in the festival, which will be located in the gorge of Uzunkol, in the Caucasus. The biggest event of the Festival will be the Open Russian mountaineering championship, including an Open Women Team's Cup. Women's...

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Shin and Bendler Ice climbing winners

This weekend, 8-10 February, the second stage of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup was held in Busteni, Romania. The winners were Woon-Seon Shin from South Korea in the Women's Difficulty discipline and Markus Bendler, Austria, in the Men's Difficulty. The big surprise of the event was Woon-Seon Shin, who managed to climb almost the whole of the challenging route. When announced as the winner, she was crying because she just couldn't believe it. The favourite Petra...

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Eco Everest Expedition dedicated to Hillary

Dawa Steven Sherpa, mountaineer and mountain guide, is dedicating his Eco Everest Expedition 2008 to "Sir Ed Hillary's vision for the Khumbu and her people". The purpose of the expedition is to raise awareness of the impact of climate change and melting glaciers in the Himalayas, with a special focus on glacial lake outburst floods (GLOF) risk in the Khumbu region. Updates about the expedition can be found on the Eco Everest website. "During my successful climb of...

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Uncovering new peaks of Tibet

Japanese mountaineer Tamotsu Nakamura last autumn led an expeditions into the deep gorge country of southeast Tibet. During the expedition Nakamura photographed and mapped many unclimbed peaks. He has kindly given us the chance to show you the photos, which you will find in our Expedition section.  Nakamura  (72) says that "all the peaks on the photos remain untouched, and perhaps they are introduced to the world for the first time." He estimates that "throughout the whole...

A farewell to Sir Edmund Hillary

After the death of Sir Edmund Hillary, the UIAA office has received many messages paying tribute to the great mountaineer. Message from Ang Tshering Sherpa, President of the Nepal Mountaineering Association:  Dear Friends: It is with a heavy heart that I wish you Namaste and offer my Greetings from Nepal …..  Sir Ed Hillary has begun his journey to the final summit of Life - a summit that we all would like to reach, but very few of us are able. Sir Ed...

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Mountain film festival in Georgia

If you are in Georgia between 18 February – 3 March 2008, you have the chance to visit the Tbilisi International Mountain, Adventure and Extreme Film Festival Niamori. Both professional and beginner film makers will present their documentary films on themes such as hiking, extreme sports, traveling and adventure. All filmmakers are invited to participate and there are no fees required for entering a film. Prizes will be awarded in categories such as Best Climbing Film, Best...

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Sir Edmund Hillary dies

The UIAA is saddened to hear the news that Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the two first people to climb Mount Everest on the 29th May 1953, has died. Hillary was an Honorary member of the UIAA and a big inspiration to climbers all over the world. With Hillary's death, at age 88, both the men who first reached the summit of the highest mountain in the world are gone. His climbing partner Tenzing Norgay died in...

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Facing Change: Climate Change in Mountain Areas

1th December is the UN’s International Mountain Day. Since 2003 this date, which was declared after the International Year of Mountains in 2002, has been used to focus on issues such as biodiversity, peace and tourism. This year’s theme is “Facing Change: Climate Change in Mountain Areas”. This is a subject close to the heart of most mountaineers and climbers. Many of us have seen up close how glaciers are shrinking or climbing routes change from one year to another....

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New Russian Route on K2

Russians climbers have pioneered new routes before, on the South west face of Everest in 1982, Kanchenjunga in 1989, the South face of Lhotse in 1990, and on the North face of Everest in 2004. These ascents were however done using oxygen as well as high altitude porters. When the team lead by Viktor Kozlov decided to climb what they believe is the most difficult route of the most difficult mountain in the world, they also...