A REVIEW OF ALL UIAA SPRING MEETINGS IN MALTA

Expertly hosted by the Malta Climbing Club (MCC) in early May, the UIAA Spring Meetings provided an opportunity for close collaboration between various organs of the UIAA – notably Management Committee, Commissions, Office as well as representatives from member associations. Three Commission meetings – Access, Ice Climbing and Safety – were also held as part of the Conference. These followed the biannual MC meeting. Combined meetings were also organised to foster greater collaboration between Commissions on mutual projects. Delegates...

2018-19 UIAA ICE CLIMBING SEASON REVIEW:
STARS ON ICE

The 2018-2019 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour concluded in mid March with the biennial World Championships held in Kirov, Russia. This was the final act in an incredible season which witnessed three formats of World Championships, six World Cups as well as four European Cup events. Competitions were hosted on three continents and in ten countries. Across the 13 events, 187 athletes competed representing 29 national federations. World Cup gold medallists came from Russia, South Korea...

Registration open for 2019 Youth Climbing Camp in Ariege

Registration is open for the UIAA Global Youth event in Ariege, France. The camp takes place from 6-11 July and is open to youngsters from 16-25 years old. The event is organised by the UIAA Youth Commission and the Toulouse branch of FFCAM. The main goal of the camp is to practice many forms of climbing, cliffs with one pitch, or routes with many pitches, on different types of rock, granite or limestone. Full programme and registration...

GLOBAL YOUTH EVENT: MOUNT KAZBEK MOUNTAINEERING CAMP

The Mountaineering & Climbing Association of Georgia and Club Mountain Traveller (CMT) is pleased to invite young members of UIAA Associations to this year’s international youth "Mountaineering School" in Georgia. The event forms part of the UIAA's Global Youth Series. The full programme and details on how to register can be found here. Dates: 23 – 30 July (exact dates may be changed by 1-2 days depending on flight availability but any changes will be displayed as...

UIAA ADVICE:
TEN THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING CLIMBING GEAR

The following guidelines refer principally to climbing equipment covered by the UIAA Safety Standards. This includes, but is not limited to braking devices, carabiners, crampons, crash pads, harnesses, helmets, ice tools, ropes and slings. The full list of Standards can be found here.1. Conduct thorough research. Ensure the piece of gear you are buying is suited to the type of activity you intend to pursue. Read product reviews from independent sources. 2. Always read and heed...

GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT – DAMAVAND – ALAM-KUH SUMMER CAMP

Please find details below of a UIAA Global Youth Summit event to be held in Iran this summer. The event is organised in conjunction with the Iran Mountaineering & Sport Climbing Federation. Full information can also be found here. Dates: 20 July to 1 August, 2019 Mountains: Alam-Kuh and Damavand Place: Tehran & Mazandaran Province, Iran Accommodation: 2 nights in D/hotel, 1 night in Polour lodge, 1 night in Vandarbon lodge, 3 nights in Atour eco-camp...

UIAA MOUNTAINEERING COMMISSION MEETS IN SERBIA

The UIAA Mountaineering Commission (MountCom) met in Novi Sad, Serbia on 30-31 March. The meeting, which was hosted by the Mountaineering Association of Serbia (MAS) and Sport and Tourism Faculty (TIMS), was attended by 1 8 delegates from 12 different countries. ISO Planić, President of Mountaineering Association of Serbia (MAS) welcomed everyone. Below is a summary of the main talking points. ELECTIONS Peter Farkas, Pavlos Georgiades, Steve Long MountCom elections were held and concluded . It was resolved  that the “Chairman of Training Panel ”...

BMC LAUNCHES HILLS TO OCEANS CAMPAIGN

Around 80% of all the debris in our oceans and seas originally comes from inland, according to estimates, so the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is asking all its members and the wider public to help reduce this amount by joining an existing litter pick or by organising their own. There are a number of worthwhile clean up events already happening around the UK this year. To make it easier for you to find out about them,...

UIAA AND DAV COLLABORATE ON SAFETY VIDEO PROJECT

The UIAA and the German Alpine Club (DAV) have teamed up to produce a series of ten videos designed to help improve climber's belay technique. Originally produced by the DAV, the videos have recently been translated into English following collaboration with the UIAA Safety Commission and UIAA Training Panel. The principal focus is different belaying techniques and the instructor in the video is Christoph Hummel, a member of both the DAV safety research department and the...

TRAVELLER’S DIARRHOEA – PREVENTION AND TREATMENT IN THE MOUNTAINS

The issue of traveller’s diarrhoea is a critical one for anybody wishing to take part in expedition mountaineering or trekking. The risks from diarrhoea are proven to be much greater at altitude than they are at sea-level.  Studies have indicated that the loss of body water as well as electrolytes significantly impairs both physical and mental capacity.  This in turn, greatly increases the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), thrombosis, frostbite and various other altitude...