ALL ABOUT THE MOUNT LOGAN ICE EXPEDITION 2020-21

The Mount Logan Ice Expedition 2020-2021 is a multidisciplinary scientific initiative that seeks to preserve, celebrate, and advance knowledge about climate and change on Canada’s highest peak. The project is organized in association with The University of Alberta, The American Alpine Club and The Alpine Club of Canada, the latter two both longstanding members of the UIAA. Located deep within Kluane National Park and Reserve in the southwestern corner of Canada’s Yukon Territory, Mount Logan stands...

LATEST UPDATES TO 2019-2020 UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD TOUR CALENDAR

The UIAA is confirming a number of updates to its previous communication (16 October) regarding the calendar for the 2019-2020 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour.  There will now be three World Cups, not four. The event in Moscow, scheduled for 20-22 December (World Cup and World Youth Combined Championships) has been cancelled. As communicated on 16 October, there will be no North American World Cup in 2019-2020. A North American World Cup(s) is now forecast for 2020-2021....

A GRAND RETURN FOR PONT-ROUGE’S FESTIGLACE

After an absence of over a decade on the international scene, Pont-Rouge’s Festiglace is rising from the ashes. Thanks to a team of passionate volunteers and to the collaboration of numerous partners, the highly anticipated event will be sure to give thrills to all. Climbing and outdoor enthusiasts as well as active families are invited to participate, challenge themselves, connect with nature and simply have fun on the frozen walls of Île aux Raisins, a majestic...

REVIEW: 2019 UIAA MEDICAL COMMISSION MEETING

The UIAA Medical Commission met for their annual meeting in Bolzano, Italy from 7-8 November 2019. Dr. Hermann Brugger and his team at Eurac Research, hosted the Commission delegates in their new facilities and organized a visit of the extreme environmental simulator “terraXcube”. The UIAA Medical Commission, representing no less than 12 different nations and UIAA member federations, spent two days discussing ongoing and future projects, research papers and recommendations in the field of mountain...

A GUIDE TO THE 2019-2020 UIAA ICE CLIMBING CONTINENTAL CUPS

Five Continental events across two continents form part of the 2019/20 UIAA Ice Climbing Season, partnered by Outdoor Research. This season, along with four European Cup events, there is an exciting first foray into Asia, as Iran hosts an Asian Cup event, while there is also a new European Cup venue to look forward to in the Czech Republic....

IMF OFFERS DISCOUNTS ON CLIMBING PERMITS FOR INDIAN HIMALAYA

The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) has informed the UIAA Office that for the 2020 climbing season, it will offer a 50% discount on handling charges to encourage foreign climbers to visit the Indian Himalaya. Full details are provided in the following link. Discounts vary based on altitude of peak and number of members in the party. As recently detailed in a UIAA news release and the Indian Mountaineering Foundation's Apex Magazine, the government of India has...

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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 ...

REVIEW 2019: UIAA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The 2019 UIAA General Assembly, hosted by the Cyprus Mountaineering Climbing & Orienteering Federation, was held in Larnaca and Ayia Napa, Cyprus on Saturday 2 November. Delegates from 51 member associations and 42 countries were present. Following opening addresses from the President of the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Mr. Dinos Michaelides, and the Sport Advisory of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Phivos Zachariades, UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt presented key points from the 2018 Annual Report (AR). The...

THE TOMILOVS: BROTHERS ON ICE

Sport is littered with well-told tales of successful siblings. From the Williams sisters in tennis, to the Klitschko brothers in boxing and the Brownlees in triathlon.  Ice climbing has its own star siblings including France’s Tristan and Louna Ladevant, Switzerland’s Sina and Lukas Goetz and Russia’s Alexey and Maxim Tomilov. The latter have been among the leading climbers in the world for well over a decade.  Having enjoyed long and storied careers, the pair can...

UIAA ATTENDS 2019 IF ATHLETE AND SUSTAINABILITY FORUM

The 2019 International Federation (IF) Forum held in the Olympic Capital Lausanne, Switzerland specifically focused on athletes. The event took place from 28 to 30 October under the slogan “for the IFs from the IFs” and covered topics from athlete welfare and mental health, the protection of clean athletes all the way to financial wellbeing. Notably, the importance of strengthening the athletes’ voice and presence within the IFs governing bodies was highlighted. The UIAA was represented...