5,000 KILOMETRES COVERED IN UIAA FLAGSHIP SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT

'Be a respectful mountain visitor' and 'spread the word' were the two themes promoted during the sixth and seventh UIAA Respect the Mountains (RtM) events of the 2017 season. Following the project’s first venture outside of Europe with a trip to Canada in June, events in the Italian and French mountains were held towards the end of the European summer season. The 2017 Series, dually conceived to comprise mountain clean-up days and educational programmes designed to encourage mountain...

Programme announced for Asia’s Piolets d’Or

Seoul, Korea will host the 12th edition of the Asian continent's Piolets d’Or on Friday 3 November. Three main awards will be bestowed during the ceremony: the Piolets d’Or Asia, the Lifetime Achievement Asia and the Golden Climbing Shoe. The first two categories will be fiercely contested after a year of notable climbing achievements – the most recent Japanese climbers Kazuya Hiraide and Kenro Nakajima's successful summit of the northeast face of Shispare. The lifetime achievement...

IRAN. PRIMED TO HOST THE WORLD OF CLIMBING AND MOUNTAINEERING

Shiraz, renowned for its green spaces and vibrant literary scene - earning the sixth-largest city in Iran the interchangeable nicknames the ‘city of gardens’ and ‘city of poets’ -, will provide the setting for the 2017 UIAA General Assembly on Saturday, 21 October. Hosting the event is the I.R Iran Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation (IMSCF), a historic, dynamic institution looking forward to welcoming the UIAA and the international climbing and mountaineering community in a...

Nepal Mountaineering Association elects new President

The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) held an election of its Central Executive Board on 5 August, 2017.  The elections saw Mr Santa Bir Lama elected as the federation's new President for the period 2017-2020. Mr Santa Bir Lama succeeds UIAA honorary member Mr Ang Tshering Sherpa as NMA President. Further details can be found on the NMA website.  ...

Historic ascent of Shispare northeast face

As reported to the UIAA by its Honorary Member Tom Nakamura (Japan), Kazuya Hiraide and Kenro Nakajima successfully summited the 7611m peak of Shispare, Pakistan, via a new route of the northeast face at 14:30 on 22 August. This is considered to be the first ascent of the northeast face of Shispare and becomes one of the stand out mountaineering achievements of the year. The pair successfully descended the northeast ridge and into the Hunza Valley on 25...