MOUNTAIN SKILLS: WHAT WEAKENS A ROPE

The latest extract from the UIAA Alpine Summer Skills Handbook focuses on the factors which weaken a rope and features as part of a chapter dedicated to Equipment. Limitations of a dynamic rope A wet rope will be heavier and harder to use. If your rope freezes, its performance capabilities diminish (by almost half compared to a dry rope). A rope can easily burn or “melt” under severe friction (a large fall, an excessively fast rappel,...

LAUNCH: 2019 UIAA ICE CLIMBING SEASON CALENDAR

The UIAA is delighted to confirm the calendar for the 2019 Ice Climbing World Tour. Comprising a comprehensive and impressive programme of events, the 2019 calendar is the biggest to date and includes six World Cup events, four European Cups, a World Championships, a World Combined Championships and a World Youth Championships. The World Tour will visit ten different countries on three continents and features two events taking place in major cities – Moscow and Denver. “The...

SKYLOTEC: PRECAUTIONARY CALL FOR INSPECTION CHECK OF VIA FERRATA SETS

UIAA Safety Label holder Skylotec has published the following information related to its via ferrata sets and in particular all SKYSAFE carabiners. The message from Skylotec: The brand SKYLOTEC stands for the highest safety in industry and mountain sport. In the critical area of via ferrata sets in particular, we aim to have the “safest via ferrata set on the market” since we launched the “RIDER”. Our quality controls are accordingly stringent. During the routine quality check...

2018 UIAA RESPECT THE MOUNTAINS DATES RELEASED

The UIAA is delighted to announce the dates for the 2018 UIAA Respect the Mountains events. A fundamental part of its commitment to mountain protection, the Respect the Mountains series has been organised by the UIAA since 2016. Since when nearly 1,500 mountain users have united to collect nearly eight tonnes of waste from 18 events. The events, predominantly held in mountain resorts in Europe, combine direct action clearing of mountain slopes, paths and forests with...

Submit examples of climbing anchor corrosion

The UIAA Safety Commission is looking for samples of failed climbing anchors to assist in several related matters with the UIAA Climbing Anchor Standard UIAA 123. The Anchor Corrosion project is part of the UIAA's commitment to continually researching and innovating in order to further develop its international standards for climbing equipment. The UIAA SafeCom team dedicated to the project are studying factors ranging from the impact of temperature and humidity, pollution and chlorides on...

KEY DISCUSSION AND DECISION POINTS FROM UIAA EXECUTIVE BOARD

With the objective of providing UIAA member federations with more timely updates related to UIAA operations and in particular decisions taken at Executive Board level, the UIAA will publish Key Discussion and Decision Points from all future EB meetings. The first such document - from the 12 May meeting in Lisbon, Portugal - is now available and can be downloaded here. The documents will be available to view at all times in our Members’ Area. Information related to...

A GLOBAL COMMITMENT TO CLIMBER SAFETY

Uniting representatives from global climbing equipment manufacturers and testing laboratories and national delegates from UIAA member associations, the annual UIAA SafeCom meet is a crucial opportunity for leading players in the field of mountain safety to discuss the current challenges facing the climbing world and to present progress on innovations and developments. This year’s session was held in Porto, Portugal from 14-16 May and hosted by Clube Nacional de Montanhismo CNM. For the first time chaired...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: 
THE VERY FIRST UIAA NEWSLETTER

The year was 1957.  The month December. Written in French and produced on seven A4 sheets of stapled, typewritten paper, the first UIAA Bulletin was conceived. The Bulletin, produced regularly over the following four decades, was the forerunner for the newsletters and news releases produced digitally by the UIAA today. The inaugural Bulletin opened: “Following the decision taken at the General Assembly in Trento, the Executive Committee has the pleasure of sharing the first of its...

UIAA COMMITMENT TO MOUNTAIN PROTECTION CONTINUES TO EVOLVE

The Lake District, one of the United Kingdom’s most impressive and distinctive outdoor environments, provided a fitting backdrop for the recent annual meeting of the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission (MPC). Responsible for the developments of some of the UIAA’s most important international projects, the Commission reflected on the achievements and progress made over the past twelve months and some of the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead. Representing the Commission were President Dr Carolina Adler (NZAC -...

MOUNTAIN SKILLS: WHAT GEAR TO BRING. SINGLE AND MULTI-PITCH CLIMBING

The latest extract from the UIAA Alpine Summer Skills Handbook focuses on gear requirements for single and multi-pitch climbing and features as part of a chapter dedicated to Equipment. In climbing, safety starts with choosing the right equipment. Knowing the difference between a double rope and a twin rope, knowing how to use the various types of carabiners, and tying a reliable knot are all part of a climbing leader's knowledge base. Climbers rely heavily on...