Mountain protection worldwide through citizen science and volunteering by Biosphere Expeditions

Photo: © Biosphere Expeditions NOMINEE PROFILE Location: WorldwideProject Status:  1999 - ongoing Contact: Dr. Matthias HammerEmail Facebook WebsiteInstagram MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS Biosphere Expeditions is active in the following regions: Faragas Mountains, Romania: We are involved in creating Europe’s biggest protected area and managing this through citizen science and applied research and conservation.  Altai: We have helped create Saylugem National Park in the Altai Mountains, an area where snow leopards now thrive. When we started, there was no national park, no rangers, no community integration and...

AlpineLearning Project Weeks by
Swiss Alpine Club SAC

Photo: © Swiss Alpine Club NOMINEE PROFILE Location: SwitzerlandProject Status:  2014 - ongoing Contact: Martin KünzleEmail Facebook Website A MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS What does nature-friendly mountaineering mean? What natural dangers lurk in the mountains? What does the everyday life of a hut warden look like? For five days the classroom is moved to several mountain huts of the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) and school children pursue these questions. During that time, the children dive into the world of mountaineering, learn how to use...

Sustainable Waste Management in the Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, Nepal by University of Colorado at Boulder

Photo: © University of Colorado Boulder NOMINEE PROFILE Location: NepalProject Status:  March 2019-March 2020 Contact: Alton C. ByersEmailFacebookWebsiteInstagram MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS The accumulation of solid waste in the world’s high mountain basecamps and high camps has been a chronic problem facing alpine ecosystems since mountaineering first became popular in the 1850s. The problem has further intensified with the steady acceleration of trekking and mountaineering tourism over the past four decades, and has become particularly acute in the Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) National Park and Buffer...

TWELVE PROJECTS VYE FOR PREEMINENT AWARD

Following a six month application and assessment process, the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission has published the list of projects to be showcased as part of the 2019 UIAA Mountain Protection Award. This year marks the seventh running of the annual prize. The final list of nominees comprises 12 high-quality projects operational across all corners of the globe. Projects include those supported, or run, by UIAA member associations or by for profit and non-profit organisations. Most of the nominees are currently...

Sustainable Andes by Fondo de Acceso Andino

Photo: © Fundacion Acceso Andino NOMINEE PROFILE Location: EcuadorProject Status:  January 2020 - June 2020 Contact: Felipe ProanoEmail Facebook WebsiteInstagram MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS The Andes of Ecuador have three three main areas where rock climbing is the main tourist attraction. These areas are Zumbahua (Cotopaxi province), San Juan (Chimborazo province) and the recently discovered Simiatug (Bolivar province). These three areas belong to local indigenous communities, who are unfamiliar with rock climbing as a sport, tourism as a mechanism of income, and...

Clean Climber by Clean Climber

Photo: © Clean Climber NOMINEE PROFILE Location: Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Europe, USAProject Status:  Launched August 2018 Contact: Gerard van LaarEmail Facebook Website A MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS Clean Climber organises clean-up events together with climbers and local people alike at rock climbing crags and access roads to these crags. We promote the event, provide clean-up material, contact local authorities, educate climbers and local people on the trash problem, and organise a BBQ at the end of the cleaning day for the participants.  We aim to not...

Towards Climate Neutral Mountaineering by Protect Our Winters Switzerland

Photo: © Protect Our Winters NOMINEE PROFILE Location: SwitzerlandProject Status:  March 2019-October 2020 (first cycle of two years) Contact: Nicholas BornsteinEmail Facebook InstagramWebsite BEST PRACTICES IN MOUNTAINEERING AND MOUNTAIN-BASED SPORTS Protect Our Winters Switzerland (POW) is the outdoor sports community’s leading voice against climate change and part of the global POW network. POW turns passionate outdoor people into effective climate activists. Together with athletes, members and partners POW acts on systemic solutions against climate change. We are a young NGO of outdoor sports enthusiasts that...

The Effect of Extremes of Temperature on Drugs

Our latest focus on a UIAA MedCom high altitude advice paper focuses on the effect of extremes of temperature on drugs. It is available in English, Czech, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese and Polish. This paper is primarily intended for doctors, non-medical persons and trekking/expedition operators. Basic problems of drug use in the mountains Harsh environmental factors – especially heat and cold – can significantly affect drugs, the substances as well as stabilisers and solvents. Temperatures inside emergency...

JANEZ SVOLJSAK 1993-2019

The UIAA was saddened to hear about the sudden recent passing of Slovenian climber Janez Svoljšak. A regular competitor on the full UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour from 2013-2017, Janez had dedicated the past three years to traditional alpinism. Janez specialised in fast ascents of hard routes in mixed terrain.He passed away after failing ill at base camp while on an expedition to climb Tahu Rutum (6651m), Karakorum, Pakistan. Together with his climbing partner Janez planned...