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...

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Jordi Pons new Honorary Member

Spanish mountaineer Jordi Pons-Sangines has been elected honorary member of the UIAA.  Jordi has for thirty years been a dedicated volunteer for the UIAA and worked hard to develop mountaineering sports and promote mountaineering around the world. Elected unanimously by our members at the 2007 General Assembly in Matsumoto, Japan, Jordi was clearly touched by the vote of thanks from the federation. He became the UIAA’s fifth current honorary member. Climbing mountains and volunteering for the...

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Honouring Japanese mountaineers

The UIAA is presenting three Japanese mountaineers with awards for their contributions to international mountaineering and the UIAA. Junko Tabei, Tomatsu Nakamura and Tadao Kanzaki will receive their awards at the General Assembly 2007, taking place 5-6th October in Matsumoto, Japan. Junko Tabei Junko Tabei axed out her place in history as the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1975. Seventeen years later she proved she was still a pioneer, becoming the first...

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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 ...

Georges MOISSIDIS

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