ON THE FRONT LINE OF CLIMBING RISK MANAGEMENT

The UIAA Safety Commission recently convened in Woerden, the Netherlands. Hosted by the NKBV – Royal Dutch Mountaineering and Climbing Club – the three-day annual meeting united UIAA Safety Commission members from national federations, representatives from manufacturers holding the UIAA Safety Label, together with delegates from UIAA accredited laboratories. Among the subjects debated were the UIAA’s extensive work and research on anchor corrosion, the approval of a new UIAA standard dedicated to snow shovels, rim testing...

LAUNCH OF SUSTAINABLE SUMMITS CONFERENCE 2018

The fourth edition of the Sustainable Summits Conference will be held under the shadow of Mont Blanc in Chamonix, France from 12-14 June, 2018. This biennial conference was conceived in the United States in 2010, with the focus of the first meeting directed on the effect of human behaviour on glaciers in Denali, Alaska. The most recent conference was held on Mount Cook, New Zealand in 2016 and organised by the New Zealand Alpine Club. The...

In search of the mountain photo of the year

UIAA member federations are informed about the opening of the application process for the 7th edition of the IMS Photo Contest.  The seventh edition of the IMS Photo Contest has started. At the world's largest photo contest for mountain photography, photographers are competing for seven awards in six categories. This year’s prize money will be a total of over € 18,000 and the coveted title "Mountain Photo of the Year ". A number of UIAA member federations...

INTERNATIONAL SKYRUNNING FEDERATION – GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The International Skyrunning Federation, a unit member of the UIAA, will host its General Assembly on Friday 28 July in Andorra. The event will coincide with the hosting of the Skyrunning Youth World Championships on the same weekend. The event programme: Thursday, 27 July 2017 16:00 – 20:00 World Championships Skyrunning 2017 registration http://events.ocisport.net/ca/2017/youth-world-championship-102/ 19:00 Race Briefing Friday, 28 July 2017 10:00 Opening ceremony, athletes welcome and authority parliaments. 11:00 Vertical KM 15.00 - 18.00 ISF General Assembly HOTEL Sant Gothard Crtra de Arinsal, s/n Erts-...

COHESION POLICY IN MOUNTAIN AREAS

Representatives from the UIAA and some its member federations recently took part in the Cohesion Policy in Mountain Areas conference, held in Brussels on 7 June. The subject of the conference centred around the question: ‘How to increase the contribution from mountains and benefits for mountain territories?’ The conference provided a unique opportunity for mountaineering associations to take part in discussions with variety of experts about European mountains, their future and policies which should improve their...

A FOCUS ON MOUNTAIN SPORTS AND ACCESS IN SPAIN

Spain is not only a destination with beaches of fine sand, warm temperatures, good food, sangria and fiesta. It’s also a land of history and legend and a unique destination of contrasting landscapes: from semi-desert areas at the foot of the sea to the high plateau of castles and holm-oaks; from rugged mountain ranges and narrow gorges to leafy forests; islands scattered by the trade winds and endless types of nature; and more than 1,900...

KAZAKHSTAN: A COUNTRY OF STEPPES, MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS

Kazbek Valiyev is one of the most respected and well-known climbers and mountaineers in Kazakhstan. This year marks the 35th anniversary of his pioneering climb with Valery Khrischaty and Yury Golodov when they became the first climbers from the former Soviet Union not only to scale Everest but on a new route on its south west face (to the left of the Central Gully), considered the most difficult passage to the summit. Today he is President of the Mountaineering and...

UIAA – NEWSLETTER, JUNE 2017. NOW PUBLISHED

The June 2017 UIAA Newsletter is now available. The 2017 UIAA Respect the Mountains Series, partnered by KEEN, is underway. Over 400 volunteers participated in the season's opening two events collecting over a tonne of waste from mountain regions and outdoor areas. This year the Series makes its first steps outside of Europe and focuses increasingly on the educational messages proposed by the project's 7-Ways to Respect the Mountains. The proposal for Alpinism to become a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage...

THE MAPMAKERS. EXPLORING THE WORK OF A ROUTESETTER.

Routesetting is one of the most important roles in ice climbing. Defining a vertical parcours which is technically challenging, exciting and fair for all athletes is a significant and skilled task. Russia’s Vasily Terekhin is an aspirant routesetter and one of the key members of the UIAA’s technical team of ice climbing experts deployed to map out courses during the annual Ice Climbing World Tour. “I believe that every athlete is in some way a routesetter,”...

TRAVELLING WISE TO RESPECT THE MOUNTAINS

A female statue, a World War II helmet and an accountant’s calculator. Just some of the waste cleared from the forests of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany on Sunday 28 May during the second UIAA Respect the Mountains event of 2017. The successful day was organised by the UIAA in conjunction with the Freiburg forest department and the local section of the DAV. The UIAA Respect the Mountains series is partnered by KEEN. Following the opening event of...