TRAINING AND SAFETY KEY TOPICS DISCUSSED AT MOUNTAINEERING COMMISSION MEETING

The UIAA Mountaineering Commission held its latest meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, in April 2018. The meeting, which was hosted by the Federação de Campismo e Montanhismo de Portugal (FCMP), was attended by 11 delegates from nine different countries. Pedro Cuiça (Head of Training, FCMP) welcomed everyone and gave an interesting overview of the FCMP, which has 600 clubs and 40,000 members, eight camping parks and a climbing training headquarters. He highlighted issues facing their instructors...

EUMA and the UIAA start collaboration

Delegations from the EUMA (European Union of Mountaineering Associations) and the UIAA (International Climbing & Mountaineering Federation) Executive Boards met in February in Brussels to discuss the relationship and future collaboration between the two organisations. Throughout a productive and friendly meeting, the EUMA and the UIAA delegations emphasised their mutual interest in an efficient and close collaboration. With this in mind, EUMA and the UIAA’s strategic priorities will work in synergy to ensure member federations’ funds...

Online climbing gear: are you buying safe equipment?

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) recently published a guide regarding the potential perils of buying climbing equipment online, notably the abundance of non-certified equipment offered by dubious sellers. The UIAA endorses the BMC article which advises buying gear 'which conform(s) to the relevant CEN or UIAA standard, which is usually mentioned in the product description'. The UIAA also invites climbers to read an interview with former UIAA Safety Commission President Dave Custer which addressed the subject of...

ASIAN MOUNTAINEERING COMMUNITY UNITES TO SUPPORT NEPAL RECOVERY     

Delegates from UIAA member, Japan Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Association (JMSCA), recently visited areas of Nepal affected by April 2015’s devastating earthquake to assess the recovery in person. Together with several other mountaineering and outdoor organisations in Japan, the JMSCA has helped raise significant funds in the aftermath of the earthquake. The money donated by the Japanese bodies has been spent primarily on education. The first phase witnessed the rebuilding of a school located in the...

Mountain Skills: How frostbite occurs

The higher we climb, the colder it gets: atmospheric air temperature drops by 1.2 degrees for every 200 metres of elevation gain, or six degrees per 1,000 metres. Meanwhile, extended physical exertion requires extra energy at higher elevations. Thus when you feel drained due to poor nutrition, your body will have trouble producing heat. At first you begin to feel the cold in your extremities; it then spreads to your vital organs. A chapter in...

SPORTS INDUSTRY UNITES TO DISCUSS ITS IMPACT ON NATURE

Following on from its contribution to the International Federations’ Impact In Leading The Way To Towards A Sustainability Agenda meeting in November 2017, the UIAA was one of twenty major federations to participate in a workshop dedicated to biodiversity conservation and organised by the IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature held in Gland, Switzerland on 9 April. The session was chaired by Giulia Carbone, Deputy Head of Global Business and Biodiversity at the IUCN, and...

UPDATE: INDIAN MOUNTAINEERING FOUNDATION ORGANISES MAJOR MOUNTAINEERING FESTIVAL

The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) is organising a Mountaineering Festival at four locations in the Indian Himalaya. Each location is unique offering some truly exciting challenges for international climbers. The aim of the 2018-2019 Mountain Festival is to facilitate easier access to the Indian Himalayas to mountaineers and trekkers from across the globe. The Festival also aims to help climbers develop their mountain skills and understanding of safety practices. The festival will take place across the...

Mountain Skills: Criteria to consider
when planning a route

Making good decisions regarding group safety is not always easy, especially if these decisions prove unpopular. Before reaching the right decision, you must have the right tools. This includes assessing the following criteria when planning a route: It is the responsibility of the group leader to evaluate each outing (mountaineering, trekking, climbing, etc.) in terms of: The route’s overall difficulty: technical rating, condition of the mountain, his or her familiarity (or lack thereof) with the route/route-finding, etc. Participants’ competencies: experience, conditioning,...

UIAA Newsletter, March 2018, now published

The UIAA Newsletter for March 2018 is now available to view. Hosted by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), March's UIAA Management Committee meetings provided a chance for delegates and Commission Presidents to reconvene and discuss the UIAA's progress following on from October's General Assembly. The meetings concluded with a special press conference to mark the launch of the 2018 UIAA Mountain Protection Award. The 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour concluded in Russia in early March with the final...

2018 UIAA MOUNTAIN PROTECTION AWARD OPENS FOLLOWING MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETINGS IN NEPAL

Kathmandu, Nepal hosted UIAA Executive Board and Management Committee meetings from 22-24 March, an opportunity for UIAA delegates from around the world to exchange ideas, advance on strategic discussions and share updates on progress following October’s UIAA General Assembly held in Shiraz, Iran. The meetings were hosted by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and bookmarked by two special discussions. During the opening ceremony, representatives from both the UIAA and the NMA – including the organisations’ respective...