MEMBER PROFILE: SPEARHEADING THE CLIMBING AND MOUNTAINEERING EVOLUTION IN CHINA

China is an increasingly active player in the world of climbing and mountaineering. The country is an attractive location for international climbers seeking diverse challenges and experiences. Its manufacturing of mountaineering equipment has increased significantly in recent decades and it now boasts numerous world-class indoor and outdoor climbing structures. Spearheading much of the country’s dynamic change in mountain culture, safety and sport is the Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA). Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympic Games and in...

First Canadian Climbing Medicine Symposium

The 1st Canadian Climbing Medicine Symposium will be held in downtown Toronto at the historic Steam Whistle Brewery, 31 July - 1 August, 2017. The event is endorsed by the UIAA Medical Commission and the Alpine Club of Canada, a UIAA member federation. In response to the rapidly increasing popularity of climbing, this educational event has been launched for healthcare professionals, trainers, coaches, exercise scientists, and anyone else interested in sport climbing related medicine and performance.  The Canadian...

CHEONGSONG DELIVERS COMPELLING WORLD CUP

Excitement, dramatic finishes and supreme acts of skill characterise the third UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup event of the 2017 season, held in Cheongsong (South Korea) from 14-15 January.  In the lead competition, local favourites HeeYong Park and Han Na Rai Song deliver mesmerising gold medal displays. Silver medallists Yannick Glatthard and Eimir McSwiggan produce career defining performances. The speed competition continues to launch new talents. Russia’s Pavel Batushev and Natalia Belyaeva are the star performers and...

CONDITIONS COOLING, COMPETITION INTENSIFYING

The third event of the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing season, partnered by The North Face Korea, takes places in Cheongsong from 14-15 January.  Livestreaming will be available from the semi-finals and finals of the lead and speed events. Cheongsong is one of the most popular destinations on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, renowned for its magnificent, state-of-the-art ice structure; its warm hospitality; and the fervent interest in ice climbing which prevails in Korea. As the 2017 UIAA...

BEIJING HOSTS MEMORABLE UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD CUP

Athletes from nearly twenty countries enjoy a competitive, close-fought UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup weekend as Russian athletes claim gold medals in lead and speed. The UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, partnered by The North Face Korea, heads to Cheongsong, South Korea next weekend for the third event of the season. Two very distinct venues, four deserving gold medals winners and one memorable weekend of ice climbing. Beijing is the new stop on the UIAA Ice Climbing...

CHINA PREPARES FOR ICE CLIMBING SHOWDOWN

International athletes prepare for second UIAA Ice Climbing event of the season as Beijing, China provides the spectacular setting for competitions in lead and speed. Competition will be held from 7-9 January. Livestreaming available on UIAA YouTube and Facebook channels. Famous for its Great Wall, this weekend China will come into the spotlight for another type of vertical structure. The magnificent ice climbing walls of Beijing play host to the second leg of the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing...

Youth Athletes Enjoy Kirov Experience

Over the past few weeks, youth ice climbers from all over the world have been enjoying the opportunity afforded by the UIAA and the Russian Mountaineering Federation to hone their skills on the impressive ice climbing wall in Kirov, Russia. Despite temperatures hitting the hostile climes of -30C, athletes have trained hard developing their skills in speed and lead under the guidance of expert coaches. Team building also comprised an ice hockey competition (above). The most recent...

Roaring Success of UIAA MedCom Paper

The UIAA Medical Commission is delighted to report the overwhelming response to its paper ‘Drug Use and Misuse in the Mountains: A UIAA MedCom Consensus Guide for Medical Professionals’ which was published in 2016. The paper has been downloaded over 10,000 times and has proved a valuable resource for medical professionals from around the world. To read, and download, the paper please click here. A comprehensive list of all UIAA MedCom advice and recommendation papers can be found on...

SHIN WOONSEON AND ALEXEY DENGIN MAKE EARLY STATEMENTS

The 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, supported by The North Face Korea, is underway. And in some style. The Ska Brewing Company in Durango, Colorado (USA) hosted the first event of the season, a World Cup event in lead, on 16-17 December. Finding themselves on top of the podium at the end of two days of absorbing and rainsoaked action were South Korean athlete Shin Woonseon and Russian Alexey Dengin. Action at the first event of...

UIAA Honorary Member Tom Nakamura explores new frontiers

UIAA honorary member Tom Nakamura has an insatiable desire to share his passion for the mountains. At a recent conference on Climate Change and Tourism in Nepal, he presented photographs from a recent trip to the hidden mountains of Southern Tibet. Nakamura's findings were also recently the subject of an article in Alpinist. [caption id="attachment_65600" align="alignright" width="300"] Shelika (6045m), south face, northeast of Jindong. [Photo] Tom Nakamura[/caption] In November 82-year-old Japanese mountaineer Tamotsu "Tom" Nakamuraentered the restricted area of southern Tibet to explore and photograph...