LAUNCH OF 2019-2020 UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD TOUR

Five World Cups across three continents headline the provisional 2019-2020 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour calendar, partnered by Outdoor Research. [vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_video link="https://youtu.be/lSU6h9Qx3Ys" align="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row] Four of the venues featured as part of the 2018-2019 season ensuring familiarity for athletes and the opportunity to build on relationships and experiences. “We are delighted with the shape of the calendar for the upcoming season,” explains UIAA Sport Events Coordinator Rob Adie. “Working with established organisers...

TALKING POINTS: 2019 UIAA EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETINGS

The UIAA Executive Board (EB) has held three meetings to date during 2019. Below is a summary of the main discussion points from each meeting. June, 2019 Delivery of reports from UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt’s visit to SportAccord, and Vice President Thomas Kähr invitation to Chinese Taipei Mountaineering Association 50th anniversary and UAAA meetingProposals to update existing Commission regulations, including limiting conflict of interests. These are to be submitted...

APPLICATION CLOSED FOR 2019 UIAA MOUNTAIN PROTECTION AWARD

The UIAA thanks everyone who has applied for the 2019 UIAA Mountain Protection Award. Almost 15 organisations active in over 20 countries have submitted details of their projects. Most are ongoing projects with a few currently ideas or concepts. The application period closed on 1 July. What are the next steps? All projects are currently being assessed by the UIAA MPA Assessment Team. The UIAA will be in touch if it has any questions regarding your application.Once...

UIAA ACTIVE AT ISPO MUNICH 2019

With a new innovative concept, Europe’s largest outdoor trade fair, OutDoor by ISPO, took place in Munich for the first time from 30 June to 3 July, 2019. As a global organisation operating in the outdoor environment, the UIAA is a regular presence at ISPO events. This year, a delegation from the UIAA took the opportunity to network with representatives of member associations, brands, sponsors and UIAA Safety Label holders. All photos. Copyright: Messe München GmbH With an increasing number of manufacturers focusing...

2019 UIAA ROCK CLIMBING FESTIVAL AWARD CANDIDATE: Almaty International Rock Climbing Festival

Location:Alatau Mountains, Tuyuk Su Gorge, Almaty (Kazakhstan)Date:29 August - 4 September, 2019 Estimated Number Of Participants: 1,200Links:Website Instagram ABOUT THE EVENT The Almaty International Rock Climbing Festival, supported by the Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, celebrates its fourth edition this year with around 1,200 climbers expected to participate. [vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_video link="https://youtu.be/4UESQFxdEFQ" align="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row] The festival is held in the Alatau mountain range in Tuyuk Su Gorge with its granit rocks...

2019 UIAA ROCK CLIMBING FESTIVAL AWARD CANDIDATE: Suru Boulder Fest

Location: Leh, Ladakh (India)Date: 25 August - 7 September 2019 Estimated Number of Participants: 150Links: Website Facebook Instagram ABOUT THE EVENT The Suru Boulder Fest supported by UIAA member association, the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) celebrates its fourth edition this year with around 150 climbers expected to participate. A particular emphasis of the festival is to raise awareness of climbing in the country. The area around Ladakh is rich for climbing with an abundance of greenschist boulders. Many...

2019 UIAA ROCK CLIMBING FESTIVAL AWARD CANDIDATE: Trad Climbing Festival

Location: Joseung Rock & Camping Site, Jecheon City, Choongcheongbukdo (Korea)Date: 8-9 June, 2019 Organiser: Crack CrusaderEstimated Number Of Participants: 45Links: Facebook Copyright: Minwook Joo ABOUT THE EVENT The Trad Climbing Festival supported by the Korea Alpine Federation, a UIAA member association, and sponsored by The North Face and Black Diamond celebrated its third edition this year with around 45 climbers expected to participate.  First held in 2017, the festival has become increasingly popular, selling out almost immediately. The aim of the...

FROM CANADA TO NEW ZEALAND, UIAA RESPECT THE MOUNTAINS GOES GLOBAL

Earlier this year, the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission put in motion a new direction for the Respect the Mountains series with a departure from the model of UIAA-organised events - primarily located in popular European mountain resorts - to the creation of an international platform for events organized by UIAA members and partners and recognised by the UIAA. The response to this initiative has been impressive with over 50 events already published on the UIAA’s online international calendar, a platform designed...

The Lure of the Himalaya

On 28 May, the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – published a statement in relation to the 2019 climbing season on Everest. The statement has been shared internationally and picked up by several major news agencies. The UIAA has committed to being part of any discussions regarding future Everest climbing seasons. On the subject of the world’s highest mountain, celebrated mountaineer and former UIAA Management Committee member Doug Scott recently delivered a KeyNote...

IS YOUR EQUIPMENT REALLY CERTIFIED?

In recent months the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – has been inundated with queries from climbers regarding the validity of equipment they have purchased. It has been drawn to the UIAA’s attention that an increasing number of online retailers are selling products falsely bearing the UIAA Safety Label. A significant portion of these retailers are using popular online shopping sites. Very often products online are advertised as being UIAA-certified meaning they have...