UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour to feature live on Olympic Channel

The UIAA is delighted to confirm that action from the 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour will be livestreamed on the Olympic Channel to a global audience. Ice climbing made its debut on the Olympic Channel during last February's UIAA Ice Climbing World Championships in Champagny-en-Vanoise, France. Livestreaming on the Olympic Channel of the semi-finals and finals of the pinnacle event of the season allowed viewers worldwide to watch the lead and speed competitions and helped introduce...

PROMOTION OF THE UIAA SAFETY LABEL IN INDIA

The UIAA Safety Label is truly global with equipment accredited on all continents. However, different parts of the world face specific challenges, and in some areas the interest in, and need for, the UIAA Safety Label is on the rise—notably in Asia where the UIAA logo is becoming an important symbol for quality in the manufacturing process of mountaineering and climbing gear. In the first of a series of talks at major conferences across Asia, Amit Chowdhury...

UIAA PRESENCE IN ROME FOR MOUNTAIN PARTNERSHIP GLOBAL MEETING

UIAA Executive Board member Pier Giorgio Oliveti, UIAA Mountain Protection Commission President Dr Carolina Adler and UIAA Honorary Member Ang Tshering Sherpa represented the International Climbing and Mountaineering federation at the fifth Mountain Partnership Global Meeting, on 11-13 December at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FOA) of the United Nations headquarters in Rome, Italy. The meetings which coincided with Monday’s International Mountain Day (IMD) focused on the challenges and opportunities in sustainable mountain development and helped...

Alpine Club of Canada’s International Mountain Day gift

To mark 2017's International Mountain Day, the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) offered a very generous gift to the mountaineering community - free access to the 110-year archive of the Canadian Alpine Journal. The Canadian Alpine Journal has been the flagship publication of the ACC for 110 years. It has been the permanent record of alpine ascents in Canada and by Canadians abroad since 1907. The ACC is pleased to offer the entire 110 years of the CAJ...

ANGELIKA RAINER AND LOUNA LADEVANT MAKE EARLY STATEMENTS

Conceived as a means to provide athletes with even more opportunities to climb in a competitive environment, the early rounds of the inaugural UIAA Ice Climbing European Tour have proved extremely popular. On 3 December, Domžale, Slovenia officially opened the UIAA Ice Climbing season with 45 athletes from 12 countries gracing a well received competition. Italy’s Angelika Rainer, twice UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour winner in lead, and second overall during the most recent season, claimed...

A SIGNIFICANT DAY, A SIGNIFICANT YEAR

Monday marks International Mountain Day (IMD), an annual occasion since the United Nations General Assembly designated the 11 December an opportunity to ‘create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain people and environments around the world.’ As the international federation for climbing and mountaineering and with sustainability as one of its three core pillars, the UIAA, through...

Winners of the 12th Piolets d’Or Asia Awards

The 12th Piolets d’Or Asia Awards & 10th Golden Climbing Shoe Awards were held in Seoul, Korea on 3 November, 2017. The founding vision of the Piolets d’Or Asia Awards is to encourage and stimulate Asian alpinists who achieved pure and visionary climbing. The 12th Piolets dor Asia Award The 12th Piolets dor Asia Award was awarded to Kazuya Hiraide & Kenro Nakajima. On 22 August, 2017 Kazuya Hiraide and Kenro Nakajima completed a new route up the...

UIAA AND IFMGA SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

UIAA Mountain Protection Commission President Dr Carolina Adler attended the General Assembly of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) in Kathmandu on Friday 1 December 2017 to both join in proceedings and be present at the inauguration of the IFMGA's very own Environmental Commission, which was established earlier in the year by its founding members Dr Leif Inge Magnussen (IFMGA Guide and President, Norwegian Mountain Guides Association), Mr Mark Charlton (IFMGA Guide and member of the British Mountain...

Omega Pacific Recalls Carabiners Due to Risk of Injury or Death

The information below concerns a recall from Omega Pacific. Full story here. Name of product: Carabiners Hazard: The carabiner can break while in use, posing a risk of injury or death to the user. Remedy: Refund Replace Recall date: November 21, 2017 Recall number: 18-041 Recall Details Description: This recall involves six models of Omega Pacific G-FIRST series aluminum carabiners. They are typically used to allow ropes and harnesses to be linked together. “Omega-17 UL Classified USA” is printed on the front and “Meets NFPA 1983 17ED MBS kN 40...

UIAA Newsletter, December 2017 now published

The UIAA Newsletter for December 2017 is now available to view. During the month of November, the UIAA played a leading role in mountain sustainability discussions at both the International Federation Forum in Lausanne and in Bonn during the 23rd United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – COP23. Ahead of 11 December's International Mountain Day (IMD) titled 'Mountains under Pressure: climate, hunger, migration', the UIAA invites its member federations to share news of their IMD activities with...