Junko Tabei – 22 September 1939 – 20 October 2016

The UIAA is saddened to hear about the death of legendary Japanese mountaineer Junko Tabei who passed away on 20 October aged 77. Tabei was not only the first female to summit Mount Everest (at the age of 35 in 1975) but the first to successfully climb all of the Seven Summits (a feat she completed in 1992). “I once had the pleasure of meeting Junko,” said the UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt. “She was a truly great...

Confirmation: 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing dates

Information for Athletes and Member Federations The UIAA is delighted to announce the final calendar for the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing season. The upcoming campaign, partnered by The North Face Korea, promises several exciting changes and developments. The UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour will comprise five events on three continents (North America, Asia and Europe). For the first time the World Tour heads to China, home of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Following on from the World Tour, a...

Kalymnos, a rock climber’s paradise

The Kalymnos Climbing Festival (held 7-9 October) has won the 2016 UIAA Rock Climbers' Award. The island of Kalymnos in Greece is a paradise for the mind and body, in particular for rock climbers indulging in their passion. A rich blend of Greek hospitality, natural beauty and world class climbing annually draws twice as many climbers as none climbing tourists to this Aegean jewel. The Municipality of Kalymnos has worked enthusiastically and hand in hand with climbers...

Mountain Wilderness, France winner of 2016 UIAA Mountain Protection Award

Mountain Wilderness, a French-based project dedicated principally to the removal of obsolete manmade facilities in the European Alps, was announced as winner of the 2016 UIAA Mountain Protection Award during a ceremony held at the UIAA General Assembly in Brixen (Bressanone), Sudtirol, Italy on Friday 14 October. Now in its fourth year, the UIAA Mountain Protection Award continues to grow as an internationally-recognised forum for projects, companies and initiatives which support sustainable tourist practices in mountain...

Review: 2016 UIAA General Assembly

The 2016 UIAA General Assembly was held in Brixen (Bressanone), Südtirol, Italy from 12-16 October. The event, the largest annual gathering of UIAA member federations and representatives, took place during the International Mountain Summit (IMS), and was organised by the Alpenverein Südtirol AVS.  The event welcomed over one hundred delegates from all continents and witnessed a number of exciting and significant developments. Frits Vrijlandt was re-elected as the UIAA President and now starts his second four-year term. The UIAA Strategic...

2017 International Youth Ice Climbing Camp in Guillestre, Hautes Alpes

Registration is now open for the first youth ice climbing camp in 2017. The main goal of this youth ice climbing camp is to learn practicing many forms of ice climbing, one pitch, or routes with many pitches. Dates: 5 - 11 February 2017 Location: In Guillestre, near Briançon in south alp of france (region Rhones Alpes, departement 05, "Hautes Alpes). This is the same location of the international Ice Climbing event of L’argentière la bessée. All the ice climbing sites...

Review: 2016 UIAA Respect the Mountains Series

    9 events. 8 countries. 614 volunteers. 3,000 kilometres. 5 tonnes of waste. Several mountain areas across Europe are a little greener, more vibrant and significantly less polluted following a successful UIAA Respect the Mountains Series, held throughout the summer of 2016 across nine events in eight European countries.   The Series – partnered by KEEN – was created as a two-fold project. On a practical level, lies the direct action clean-up operation that witnessed the removal of five tonnes of waste across European...

Interview: Frits Vrijlandt on four years as UIAA President

On 13 October, 2012, Frits Vrijlandt was voted in as President of the UIAA at the General Assembly hosted in Amsterdam. This year’s UIAA General Assembly, to be held on Saturday 15 October in Brixen-Bressanone, Italy will mark Vrijlandt’s fourth anniversary as the federation’s figurehead. It presents an opportune moment to reflect on the progress made by the UIAA over the past four years. In this interview, Vrijlandt provides details on a range of topics from sustainability to safety,...

Norwegian Style. A Workshop at the 2016 UIAA General Assembly

Featuring as part of the programme at the 2016 UIAA General Assembly, is a dedicated workshop organized by the Norwegian Alpine Club, on the subject ‘Norwegian Style, an appreciated but threatened climbing ethic’. Attending delegates from UIAA member federations are encouraged to participate. The discussion will be held as part of the Visiting & Lecture Programme held at the Messner Mountain Museum on the morning of Friday 14 October. A proud history The Norwegian Alpine Club (Norsk Tindeklub) was...

Reportage: An all-female climbing encounter in Bolivia

The team at Mujer Montaña from Latin America, a project showcased in the UIAA’s Mountain Protection Award Platform, joined up with the Women's High Mountain Group of the French Federation of Alpine Mountain Clubs (Fédération française des clubs alpins et de montagne, FFCAM, a UIAA member since 1932) to bring Latin American and European women together in a historic Andean - Alpine mountaineering exchange last August, in an exchange filled with sport, culture, and socio-environmental awareness...