SUPPORT FOR ALPINISM AS AN INTANGIBLE CULTURAL WORLD HERITAGE

During March’s UIAA Management Committee meeting in Sheffield, the proposal to back the notion of Alpinism becoming recognised as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural World Heritage was unanimously supported. Full details on the origins of the proposal can be found in a dedicated article on the UIAA website. Please click here for further details. This proposition was initially put forward by the Fédération Française des Clubs Alpins et de Montagne (FFCAM). For the proposal to meet UNESCO requirements,...

3rd Iran Climbing International Summer Camp

Application is now open for the UIAA Global Youth Summit (GYS) event taking place on Mount Damavand (5671m) and Mount Alam kuh (4848m), Iran from 7-19 July. Introduction and philosophy: As a result of the collaboration between the UIAA and the I.R Iran Mountaineering & Sport Climbing Federation (IMSCF), this is the third time the Summer Climbing Camp has been held in Iran as part of the GYS. The first camp was held successfully on Damavand in 2015 and a second camp, based on...

Bern hosts UIAA Mountain Protection Commission meeting

A busy period of UIAA Commission meetings continued on Saturday 20 May with the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission reconvening at the UIAA headquarters in Bern, Switzerland. The meeting was led by Commission President Carolina Adler, supported by office representative Gloria Scarano and UIAA Executive Board (EB) Member Pier Giorgio Oliveti. Four members of the Commission were also in attendance – Stephen Goodwin (AC, UK), Michael Maunsell (MI, Ireland), Mattia Sella (CAI, Italy) and Joop Spijker (NKBV, The...

UIAA ANNOUNCES 2017 RESPECT THE MOUNTAINS DATES

Get involved with mountain clean-up events in your region. Following the success of the inaugural 2016 Series, the UIAA, with the support of its member federations and project partner KEEN, has put in place a calendar of 2017 Respect the Mountains events. The UIAA Respect the Mountains Series is twofold, designed as a direct action programme aimed at cleaning mountainous areas of waste; secondly about educating all mountain users about the importance of good practices through the...

The UIAA to visit Outdoor2017

The UIAA looks forward to taking the opportunity to meet with partners, member federations and stakeholders in the world of climbing and mountaineering at the Outdoor2017 trade show held in Friedrichshafen, Germany from 18-21 June. The 24th edition of Outdoor will welcome 965 exhibitors from 40 countries and sees leading international brands attending and numerous new themes. The outdoor marketplace is evolving further and opening up more to new sectors that address a wider target group. The organisers...

Argentine Law to protect and promote mountaineering

The UIAA is sharing the following press release from its member federation - Argentine Federation of Ski and Andinism (FASA) - related to free access to mountains and promotion of mountaineering in Argentina. The following press release was published on Monday 16 May, 2017 This Monday in the Delia Parodi Hall, National Congress, a draft law in favour of free access to mountains and promotion of mountaineering was presented. This law will allow public access to mountain areas for recreation and...

CHILDREN AT ALTITUDE. ESSENTIAL ADVICE.

The second in our series exploring advice from the UIAA Medical Commission’s internationally recognised Advice and Recommendations papers focuses on children. The paper ‘Children At Altitude’ provides the conservative recommendations that should be helpful for mountaineers and physicians who are required to offer advice about ascent to high altitude with children. Background Each year many thousands of lowland children travel to high altitude uneventfully. The majority of these ascents involve trips to mountain resorts, especially in North America...

Focus: Climbing site management in Belgium

The UIAA Access Commission’s series exploring access issues and the climbing and mountaineering culture of different countries continues with a visit to Belgium. This article is courtesy of Climbing and Mountaineering Belgium’s Climbing Site Managers Koen Hauchecorne and Joe Dewez. In September 2002, new legislation was adopted in the south of Belgium which required an environmental permit to be in place for the setting up, and developing of, a climbing site on natural rock. Consequently, when a local climbing federation...

2017 Respect the Mountains underway in Romania

The 2017 UIAA Respect the Mountains - partnered by KEEN - started where the 2016 campaign finished – in Romania. In early May, over 300 people, including many children and families took part in an event held on Piatra Mare (maximum altitude 1844m), with many acitvities concentrated in the forests of Dambu Morii. The area is located near Brasov, and situated close to Dracula’s Castle and Busteni. On route to the mountain summit lies one of the most popular sites in...

ANNAPURNA III – UNCLIMBED SCOOPS UIAA PRIZE

For the third successive year, the UIAA awarded the Best Climbing Film prize during the final weekend of the Trento Film Festival, held from 27 April – 7 May. This year marked the 65th edition of the festival which showcased some 118 films from 32 different countries in ten different categories. Ten films were nominated for the UIAA prize with Annapurna III – Unclimbed selected by the UIAA Award Panel as the winner. This 13-minute production from...