SOFIE LENAERTS – ON TOP OF EACH CONTINENT

Eleven years ago, mountain climbing enthusiast, full-time employee for the Belgian Federal Police and the face of Watch Out, a weekly traffic magazine show on Belgian television, Sofie Lenaerts scaled the highest mountain range in Europe, Mount Elbrus, a dormant volcano in the Caucasus Mountains. Sofie enjoyed the experience but soon sought new challenges. In the ensuring years followed successful summits in South America, North America and Asia. It slowly dawned on Lenaerts that she was...

SEASONAL VERDICTS CONFIRMED IN SAAS-FEE

Saas-Fee, Switzerland witnessed an exciting deciding round of the 2020 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season, partnered by Outdoor Research. Gold medal winners in the Swiss Alps during the weekend of 24-25 January were: Anton Nemov (speed) and Louna Ladevant (lead) in the men’s competition. Irina Dubovtseva (speed) and Maria Tolokonina (lead) took the women’s titles. The overall World Tour crowns were claimed by: Louna Ladevant, FRA, men’s lead Anton Nemov, RUS, men’s speed Maria Tolokonina, RUS, women’s lead and...

Outdoor Research Ice Climbing Challenge

Show off your ice climbing skills and win an Outdoor Research jacket The name of the game is to navigate the OR climber as he makes his way up the ice wall. Collect OR goodies to score points on the way up – but avoid the icicles, as each one decreases your points! The goal is to score as many points as possible – more points, more chance of prizes! Online players with the highest scores will...

ICE CLIMBING: SWITZERLAND THE SCENE FOR THE WORLD CUP DECIDER

The UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season, partnered by Outdoor Research, concludes this coming weekend, 23-25 January, 2020 in the renowned resort of Saas-Fee, Switzerland. For over twenty years this iconic stage in competition ice climbing has hosted international events with aplomb. Come Friday and Saturday evening not only are World Cup medals up for grabs, the overall World Tour titles are on offer too. Over 110 athletes from 21 different nations, a season record, are...

BMC GUIDE TO BOLTING

The UIAA is sharing a guide produced by one of its member associations, the British Mountaineering Council. The BMC's bolt advice come in two parts. Part one is aimed at the user, in particular those who have learnt to climb indoors and are making the transition outside. Part two is an essential guide to good practice for people placing bolts, covering all of the important issues which must be addressed in order to do this competently and...

THE UIAA ON THE DEVASTATING AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES

The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – would like to extend its sympathy to all those affected by the devastating and unprecedented fires currently enveloping many areas of Australia. Australia is recognised by the global mountaineering community for the scale and high quality of climbing offered and for decades Australians have featured amongst the world’s top rock climbers and mountaineers. As of 15 January, 28 people had lost their lives as a result of the...

ICE CLIMBING: EXPERIENCE TO THE FORE IN CHEONGSONG

If the opening round of the 2020 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season, partnered by Outdoor Research, heralded the rise of a new generation, round 2 of the season witnessed some emphatic statements by athletes who have dominated the World Tour throughout recent seasons. Experience was key. Three of last year’s winners in South Korea returned to triumph again. It was also a terrific weekend for Russia who took all four gold medals. Two Swiss...

MEDCOM: CONTRACEPTION AND PERIOD CONTROL AT ALTITUDE

The UIAA's latest extract from its Medical Commission's high-altitude advice papers focuses on contraception and period control at altitude. This paper is primarily intended for doctors, non-medical persons and trekking/expedition operators and takes into account is the fact that a large proportion of women do not principally use contraception during their travel for contraceptive reasons but for regulating and controlling their periods. The paper is available in English, Czech, Farsi, German and Italian and was...

CHEONGSONG: A POPULAR VENUE, A SEMINAL WEEKEND

The stage is set for the second instalment of the 2020 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season as the sport makes its annual visit to Cheongsong, South Korea. This weekend, 10-12 January, and with the support of the Korean Alpine Federation, a decisive round of action lies ahead. Partisan support and outstanding hospitality is always guaranteed in the resort of Cheongsong, as athletes test themselves against the challenging and technical ice structure set in front...