Mountain Skills: How to navigate in poor visibility

Orienting yourself in the mountains in good weather poses few problems for the attentive navigator. It is, however, quite different with reduced visibility. In a thick fog, even the most seasoned mountaineer has no point of reference. Although you can navigate in bad weather with a solid command of map and compass or your GPS unit, this is a trying scenario that is best avoided. In mountain terrain with bad weather, poor visibility should lead to your abandoning your...

EXPERIENCE AND YOUTH TO THE FORE IN KIROV

At their home World Cup, some of the world's leading ice climbers embraced the opportunity to end the season quite literally on a high while emerging talents offered a tantalising glimpse of what the future may hold. A superb 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, partnered by The North Face Korea, which witnessed five contrasting and enthralling World Cup events on two continents and five countries, concluded in Kirov, Russia from 2-4 March. In front of another vast audience...

KIROV. WHERE CHAMPIONS WILL BE CROWNED

For the first time since 2015, Kirov, Russia plays host to a UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup competition. It promises to be quite the occasion. With the overall season standings delicately poised the deciding act in the 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, partnered by The North Face Korea, will determine the overall male and female World Tour champions in both lead and speed. There are also four World Cup gold medals still up for...

COUSIN TRESTEC: TECHNICAL PARTNER OF THE UIAA 2018 ICE CLIMBING WORLD CUP FINAL STAGE AND EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN KIROV, RUSSIA

Cousin Trestec will be the technical partner of the UIAA 2018 Ice Climbing World Cup final stage and European Championship, held in Kirov, Russia on March 2nd-4th. Cousin Trestec is happy to take part in the UIAA 2018 Ice Climbing World Cup and European championship in Kirov, Russia in partnership with ICE ROCK and Vertical Ltd, Cousin Trestec’s distributor in the Russian Federation. Athletes will be using Cousin Trestec dynamic UIAA rope Optima 8.9 Dry for the...

UIAA Newsletter, February 2018, now published

The UIAA Newsletter for February 2018 is now available to view. The UIAA Alpine Summer Skills guide is now available worldwide as a digital download. In the field of mountain safety, the UIAA and the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) publish recommendations related to The Chadar Trek. The use of portable hyperbaric chambers is the subject of the UIAA's latest medical advice profile. In Asia, the UIAA Safety Label continues to make progress in an rapidly expanding market. The 2018...

SPECTACULAR FINICE
CONCLUDES EUROPEAN SEASON

Braving freezing temperatures and attacking challenging routes on a gigantic 22m structure, over 60 international athletes graced the final UIAA Ice Climbing European Cup event of the 2018 season. Oulu, Finland played host to the competition - FINICE -  from 24-25 February which saw Canada's Noah Beek (lead) and Holland's Dennis van Hoek (speed) claim the plaudits in the men's competition and local favourite Mira Alhonsuo made clean sweep of the women's event in both lead and speed....

INTRODUCING THE
UIAA ALPINE SUMMER SKILLS SERIES

The UIAA Alpine Skills Summer guide was first published in 2015. Produced in collaboration with the Petzl Foundation, the guide and has been well received worldwide and is currently available in five languages. To mark the launch of a digital version of the publication, the UIAA is running a series of articles from the guide designed to help hikers, climbers and mountaineers develop their skills and knowledge of the mountain environment. The guide was developed specifically as...

AT THE CROSSROADS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

At the 2017 UIAA General Assembly, the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation welcomed its latest member. With the election of the Malta Climbing Club (MCC) as full member, the UIAA now represents 91 member associations from 68 countries. The MCC was set up in 2010, a time when in Malta there was no truly representative climbing organisation. “It was felt that the sport needed a structure which in addition to promoting the sport locally, would also work...

THE CHADAR TREK: ESSENTIAL SAFETY ADVICE

Increasingly popular as a trekking destination among both Indian and international adventurers and tourists, the Chadar Trek, an ice passage across a fast flowing river in the Zanskar region of Ladakh, is also a route which presents a number of safety concerns. Having conducted a recent training programme in the region, Steve Long, Chair of the UIAA Training Panel, reported on the current situation on The Chadar which is characterised by a lack of clear safety...

A guide on when and how to use portable hyperbaric chambers

Portable hyperbaric chambers are designed as lightweight equipment to be used for emergency treatment of severe cases of acute mountain sickness (AMS), high altitude pulmonary oedema (HAPE), and high altitude cerebral oedema (HACE). The devices must be inflated or pressurized by hand or foot pumps. The mechanism of action is a rapid pressurization of the patient (increase of oxygen pressure) which simulates a descent of about 1500 to 2500m. The UIAA MedCom has produced a guide...