MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS MARKS TWO DECADES OF REMOVING OBSOLETE FACILITIES FROM MOUNTAIN AREAS

Following a recent insight into the progress made by last year’s UIAA Mountain Protection Award winner AlpineLearning Project Weeks from the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC), the spotlight now shines on Mountain Wilderness France, a Grenoble-based project who won the Award in 2016. Since 2001, Mountain Wilderness France has organised no less than 57 ‘actions’ as part of its “Obsolete Facilities” campaign. In total, more than 520 tonnes of obsolete facilities (such as barbed wire, live shells,...

ACCESS WORKING GROUP REFLECTS ON COVID-19 LOCKDOWN MEASURES AND IMPACT ON CLIMBING

“Covid-19 lockdown measures and their impact on our freedom have made many people turn their eyes to the mountains, valleys, paths and rural areas with different attitudes,” explains UIAA Access Working Group President Juan Jesús Ibáñez Martin. “The experiences of the past few months, where in some countries there has been a rise in accidents, present an opportunity for our member federations to analyse certain trends and offer people the necessary guidance and advice, especially...

Ice loss on Africa’s highest peak prompts star climber Will Gadd to reconsider his sport

World-renowned adventurer Will Gadd is having a rethink about his ice-climbing career and carbon footprint after discovering that his planned ascent of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro was no longer possible due to the extensive shrinking of its glaciers. Gadd's story was published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) on 14 September and can be viewed in full here. "This is a powerful example of the type of reflection and re-evaluation of 'mountaineering values' that we...

UIAA VOLUNTEER SERIES: PIERRE HUMBLET

There is possibly nobody currently associated with the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – who has served as many roles within the organisation over nearly thirty years as a volunteer than Pierre Humblet. As a member of the UIAA Council (Management Committee), Legal Expert, Mountaineering Commission President, Vice President, acting UIAA President and today as President of the UIAA Court. LEGAL BEGINNINGS Pierre Humblet was born in January 1945 during the embers of the Second...

BALLY REINFORCES COMMITMENT TO MOUNTAIN PROTECTION

Bally, sponsor of the UIAA Mountain Protection Award, recently announced the partnership between its Peak Outlook Foundation with National Geographic on a dedicated campaign to raise greater awareness on the issues plaguing the world's mountain environments, including Mount Everest, which prominently features in the magazine's July issue. Find out more. Video courtesy of Bally Since Bally’s founding in 1851, the brand has instilled a strong sense of social responsibility to preserve the stunning mountain environments into which...

LATIN AMERICA RESCUE PROTOCOL DURING COVID-19

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, mountain and rescue specialists from all over Latin America have met to develop a protocol for emergency action in mountain areas. The UIAA has been represented in several of these meetings by its Management Committee/South America Continental Representative Martin Lascano (FASA, Argentina). Kika Bradford, President of the Confederação Brasileira de Montanhismo d Escalada (CBME), UIAA full member in Brazil, also contributed to the guidance. The document - produced under the umbrella of...

A YEAR ON: ALPINELEARNING PROJECT WEEKS

At the 2019 UIAA General Assembly in Cyprus, the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC)’s AlpineLearning Project Weeks was awarded the annual UIAA Mountain Protection Award. The youth-focused project, founded in 2014, was created to provide school classes with the unique opportunity to enable children to experience the high mountain landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Jungfrau-Aletsch, Switzerland, and in the process, better understand the principle of sustainable development of the Alpine region. As part of the UIAA’s...

MOUNTAIN NETWORK SERIES – SUBMIT YOUR WEBINARS TO THE UIAA CALENDAR

Online meetings have been an increasing facet of our working lives over the past few months. The UIAA itself has held a significant number of meetings originally intended as ‘in person’ get togethers electronically. This has included Executive Board, Management Committee, Commission and Commission Presidents meetings as well as the decision to host October’s General Assembly virtually. Another type of online meeting which is proving increasing successful as a concept for international federations are talks and...

UIAA VOLUNTEER SERIES: LIONEL KIENER

By day, Lionel Kiener is a micro-mechanical engineer for Neuchâtel-based research company CSEM. In his spare time he is a keen climber and one of the many volunteers who gives up their precious time to support the UIAA. Kiener has been volunteering with the UIAA for well over a decade. Despite a busy work schedule, he manages to contribute around 100 hours per year to the organisation in his role with the Safety Commission (SafeCom). He...

MEMBERS INVITED TO SHARE BEST PRACTICES

UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt has shared the following message with UIAA member associations ahead of this year's General Assembly. -- The reason for contacting you is my wish to highlight your association’s work at the upcoming UIAA General Assembly (GA) on 23-24 October 2020. Through our digital magazine, communication channels and during the online sessions of this year’s GA, we would like to shine the spotlight our valued member associations. We are aware of the tremendous effort and...