Century-old alpine club elects first woman president

his year the Norwegian Alpine Club (NTK) is celebrating its hundredth anniversary. The members have elected their first woman president to lead the club into the next century. UIAA President Mike Mortimer was in Oslo for the celebrations and had the chance to congratulate the ground-breaking new leader in person. Women have only been allowed as members of the NTK since 1975, and Ragnhild Amundsen was the fourth woman to join the club in 1983. "After 100 years...

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2016 is proving to be another busy year for the UIAA Youth Commission and its series of Global Youth Summit (GYS) events ...

UIAA sends condolences to K2 victims families

he UIAA deeply regrets the death of eleven climbers on K2. The massive loss of lives was caused by a large wall of ice dislodging from the mountain, taking with it many of the fixed ropes which the climbers were using for the descent. "The recent K2 tragedy had grieved us all here," says Nazir Sabir, President of the Alpine Club of Pakistan. "Loss of precious lives of our mountaineering community is irreparable." A Serb and one Pakistani...

Young climbers learn route setting

Youth from nine countries have taken part in a climbing coaching and route setting meet in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Top French climber and Petzl team member Tony Lamiche was there to share his skills. The event, called "Discovering New Cliffs", took place in the first week of July and was organised by the the Macedonian Mountain Sport Federation (MMSF) as part of the UIAA Global Youth Summit. "It was the best climbing camp ever...

American Alpine Club hosts international events

The American Alpine Club is going global this summer, hosting four international climbing events. The events are a Chinese-American women's climbing exchange, the club's first international climbers’ meet, an international climbing festival called the Craggin’ Classic, and an international editors’ summit. The goal of the Chinese-American Ladies’ Climbing Exchange is to bring together climbers from different backgrounds. The main organisers of the exchange are AAC's Eliza Moran, who is a past president of the UIAA Mountaineering Commission,...

Indian doctors learn mountain medicine

The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) is organising a high altitude mountain medicine course in Leh in Jammu and Kashmir from September 7 to 14. The goal is to expand the number of doctors in the country with such expertise. "We are essentially trying to develop a pool of Indian doctors with an exposure to high altitude medicine," says Amit Chowdhury of the IMF. "The course proposes to fill the vacuum in the training of mountain and high...

Thousands of young climbers continue the Olympic spirit

Young climbers from around the world are planning to light a torch on top of Mount Olympus on August 24 to keep Olympic values alive as the flame in Beijing is extinguished. The UIAA Youth Commission is now calling on member federations to organise their own climbs on August 24. The events will celebrate "Ekecheiria", the ancient Greeks' name for the peaceful period which reigned during the Olympic Games. Many federations might already have groups climbing...

Call for Jammu and Kashmir to be re-opened

The Access and Conservation Commission has called on the tourism authorities in Jammu and Kashmir to re-instate infrastructure to allow for the resumption of mountaineering. “We owe it to our Indian colleagues in the UIAA to attempt a realistic and sober assessment of the risk involved,” said Commission President, Robert Pettigrew. The Pir Panjal range of the Kashmir Himalaya has been closed to mountain tourism for 15 years due to the armed conflict in the region. Both journalists and...

China prepares environmental action for Tibet

Chinese officials have announced a new "ecological security" plan for Tibet, which has the fastest rate of global warming in the world. Climbers who visit Tibet see the most visible sign of global warming in the region: the shrinking glaciers of Mount Everest. The glaciers have receded by 170 metres over the past decade. Chinese scientists have concluded that the average annual temperature in Tibet is increasing by 0.3 degrees Celsius every 10 years - the...

Everest weather station goes online

A new meteorological station now in place on Mount Everest is providing hourly updates online from its position 8,000 metres above sea level. The station will supply valuable information to climbers and scientists researching climate change. The world’s highest automatic weather station, installed in May on Everest’s South Col on the Nepali side of the mountain provides data on indicators such as wind direction and speed, temperature and humidity. The information is continuously published online. The construction...