SafeCom: Fixed anchors needed for testing

The UIAA Safety Commission (SafeCom) is seeking top anchors for evaluation and testing. Background Welding is a critical process in the manufacture of climbing top anchors. In the best of circumstances welding is a difficult to control process; manual welding of stainless steels is particularly challenging and post-welding heat treatment is expensive and not standard practice among climbing manufacturers. The composition of the welding wire, the weld penetration and cleanliness, and the final weld microstructure are important...

INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY: Protecting Arctic Flora and Upland Raptors

This article forms part of a series created by the UIAA - International Mountaineering & Climbing Federation - for International Mountain Day, 11 December. An overview article about the UIAA & IMD can be found here. For IMD, project leaders from UIAA Mountain Protection Award showcased projects have provided information on the progress of their projects, the importance of biodiversity - the theme of this year's IMD - and the impact of Covid-19. Protecting Arctic Flora and Upland...

INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY: Study and Monitoring of Chachacomani Glacier

This article forms part of a series created by the UIAA - International Mountaineering & Climbing Federation - for International Mountain Day, 11 December. An overview article about the UIAA & IMD can be found here. For IMD, project leaders from UIAA Mountain Protection Award showcased projects have provided information on the progress of their projects, the importance of biodiversity - the theme of this year's IMD - and the impact of Covid-19. Study and Monitoring of Chachacomani...

INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY: SWAT PROJECT

This article forms part of a series created by the UIAA - International Mountaineering & Climbing Federation - for International Mountain Day, 11 December. An overview article about the UIAA & IMD can be found here. For IMD, project leaders from UIAA Mountain Protection Award showcased projects have provided information on the progress of their projects, the importance of biodiversity - the theme of this year's IMD - and the impact of Covid-19. SWAT Project Organisation: Mountain Wilderness International...

INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY:
SAVE THE BARUN

This article forms part of a series created by the UIAA - International Mountaineering & Climbing Federation - for International Mountain Day, 11 December. An overview article about the UIAA & IMD can be found here. For IMD, project leaders from UIAA Mountain Protection Award showcased projects have provided information on the progress of their projects, the importance of biodiversity - the theme of this year's IMD - and the impact of Covid-19. Save The Barun Organisation: Barun Biomeridian...

INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY:
PATAGONIA WASTE MANAGEMENT

This article forms part of a series created by the UIAA - International Mountaineering & Climbing Federation - for International Mountain Day (IMD), 11 December. An overview article about the UIAA & IMD can be found here. For IMD, representatives from five MPA projects have provided information on the progress of their projects, the importance of biodiversity – the theme of this year’s IMD – and the impact of Covid-19. Patagonia Waste Management Organisation: Acceso PanAm Location: Argentina MPA nominated...

THE IMPORTANCE OF BIODIVERSITY. MOUNTAIN PROTECTION AWARD PROJECTS REPORT ON PROGRESS

Ahead of this year's United Nations' International Mountain Day (IMD) - 11 December - the UIAA is promoting a series of initiatives. These include those led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UIAA member associations, Mountain Partnership, the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) as well as those organised by the UIAA itself. The annual UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA), partnered by Bally, was created in 2013. During its eight years of existence, the platform has enabled...

NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORTS ON POSITIVE START

Following October’s General Assembly, the newly-formed UIAA Executive Board has already enjoyed two productive online meetings. The EB has begun the process of addressing a number of key topics including the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2021 – 2024, its own internal organisation and individual roles, an evaluation and review of members’ needs, an alignment of Commission work and projects with the Strategic Plan as well as a review of finance, accounting and audit processes. The increased...

SECOND WAVES AND VACCINES DISCUSSED BY UIAA COVID TASKFORCE

The International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) Covid-19 Crisis Consultation (CCC) Taskforce held its sixth online meeting on 18 November. The Taskforce, created in April, offers guidance and leadership on subjects related to climbing and Covid-19. All communications related to the UIAA and Covid-19 can be found on the dedicated Portal. General The Taskforce discussed the current situation in a number of countries as well as addressing developments on vaccine trials, the likelihood of extended second waves...

UIAA BUILDS UP TO INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY

Ahead of this year's United Nations' International Mountain Day (IMD) - 11 December - the UIAA is promoting a series of initiatives. These include those led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UIAA member associations, Mountain Partnership, the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) as as well as those organised by the UIAA itself (further details, as of 3 December, here). As of 2003, IMD has been observed every year to create awareness about the importance of...