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...

Best Climbing movies to stream

Climbing.com has recently published a list of its best climbing films currently available to stream. This includes three previous winners of the UIAA prize at the Trento Film Festival - Valley Uprising, The Dawn Wall and Free Solo. The list can be found here.   Main photo: The Dawn Wall, Firefall on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, California, USA // Shawn Reeder / Red Bull Content Pool ...

CBME: Mountaineers united against COVID-19

The following communication was published on 24 March by CBME - Brazilian Mountain Hiking and Climbing Confederation (CBME) - the UIAA's full member in Brazil. The below is a Google translation of the original Portuguese into English. Due to the global crisis of COVID-19, the main recommendation is to stay home! The Brazilian community of climbers and climbers has come together to stimulate and promote the containment of the spread, canceling events, festivals, club meetings, lectures, etc. Individually, it is also necessary...

Danish Climbing Association cancels all activities until June

Please find a recent communication from UIAA Associate Member, Danish Climbing Association. The passage below is a Google translation of part of the original article in Danish: The closure of all sports facilities, etc. is valid until 13 April. All association activities and all federal activities during this period must of course be canceled. However, there is not much to suggest that we can start again right now. To avoid confusion and late cancellations, we have taken...

AUSTRIA: CHANGES TO SEMINAR PROGRAMMES

UIAA full member - Verband Alpiner Vereine Österreichs (VAVO)/Austria – has published regularly updates about the impact of Covid-19 on its programmes, notably hiking guide activities. The below is a translation from the original in German. Which hiking guide seminars are cancelled? Due to the current regulations of the federal government on the handling of the new virus SARS-CoV-2, we are forced to cancel the following hiking guide seminars with a heavy heart: April 23-26, 2020, basic module Unterach 04-...

PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM NEW ZEALAND ALPINE CLUB

On 30 March, Lindsay Smith, President of the New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC) wrote the following letter to members. As well as encouraging members to continue observing guidelines from authorities - Since 1891, the New Zealand Alpine Club has been part of our members’ lives as they faced earlier pandemics, world wars, financial crises and now it’s our turn to show what we are made of. As Facebook memes keep reminding us, earlier generations worked hard to face...

Support and solidarity from UIAA laboratory in China

A Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment has recently been produced by the Zhejiang University School of Medicine based on clinical experience from the first affiliated hospital in China. In an act of solidarity, the document has been shared with the UIAA by the team at the UIAA’s accredited testing laboratory in Jiangsu. The lab was one of the first in Asia to qualify to test equipment against UIAA Safety Standards. As well as raising awareness...

UPDATE: 2020 UIAA ROCK CLIMBING FESTIVAL AWARD

Owing to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UIAA Rock Climbing Festival Award Panel has decided to not run the Award in 2020. The 2020 Award was scheduled to open in March 2020 and welcome applications from festivals in Oceania and South-East Asia. The Award will now be postponed until 2021. The UIAA Rock Climbing Award Panel is currently discussing the possibility of using this year’s prizemoney to support developing festivals or past winners. Further...

IRELAND: Stay at home

The following statement from Mountaineering Ireland CEO Murrough McDonagh was published on 23 March. It read: Dear Members, I hope that this communication reaches you, your families and loved ones in good health. We are all extremely concerned for the health and safety of all involved in the outdoor recreation and mountaineering communities.  Engaging and enjoying the wonderful outdoor recreational activities that we have on offer all around the island of Ireland is what we are all used...

UKC: Mental Health Tips for Climbers on Lockdown

The following article was published by UK Climbing on 25 March. Madeleine Crane is a sport psychologist (M.Sc.), systemic coach and founder and CEO of Climbing Psychology. In this article and webinar video she shares some tips for cooped-up climbers on lockdown...