PractICE climbing. Our guide for the future of the sport.

The UIAA Ice Climbing season concluded in early February with back to back events in Rabenstein, Italy. The first event saw the conclusion of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, supported by The North Face Korea, which was held across four different countries in three continents. The second celebrated the future of the sport showcasing the world’s best youth climbers who contested the UIAA Ice Climbing World Youth Championships. The season is condensed into two months,...

One year on from the earthquake. An update from Nepal.

Ang Tshering Sherpa, President of the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and Honorary Member of the UIAA, shares the latest news from Nepal in the aftermath of last year’s devastating earthquake in a dedicated Earthquake Report from the Climate Alliance of Himalayan Communities, of which Ang Tshering Sherpa is the Chairman. Ang Tshering Sherpa writes: "As a Himalayan country that contains most of the highest mountain peaks in the world, Nepal is experiencing temperature changes that much more pronounced....

Jordan: an Arabian Jewel

A reportage by Steve Long dedicated to the UIAA Training Panel's recent activities in Jordan. Supported by its sponsorship donations, the UIAA Training Panel is currently engaged in several initiatives directed at protecting mountain communities. Over the past two years, it has partnered the Jordan Tourist Board, adding the country to a project portfolio which includes Ladakh, Nepal and Turkey. In all these projects the end goal is to help create a sustainable qualification structure that...

Event Report: ‘International Youth Ice Climbing Camp’ February 6th – 10th – Valle Varaita (Cuneo)

From 6 February to 10 February 2016 in Valle Varaita (Province of Cuneo – Italy) the ‘International Ice Climbing Camp’ took place, an event part of the UIAA Global Youth Summit. The project had the economic support of ARISF for ‘Developing Ice Climbing’. 14 participants took part in the event: 12 Italians and 2 foreigners (one from Spain and one from Germany). The base camp of the group was Savigliano Hut in Pontechianale. Below a short daily reportage...

New safety laboratory proposed in China

From left to right: Li Guowei Director of Exchange Department, Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA); Sophie Gerard, UIAA Office Manager; Stephanie Stettbacher, UIAA Office Coordinator & Safety Label Administrator; Wang Youngfeng, Vice President, CMA; Jean-Franck Charlet, UIAGM Mountain Guide and former UIAA Safety Commission President Representatives from the UIAA office visited Beijing during the last week of February, first running a booth at ISPO Beijing, the largest outboor business event in Asia, before meeting the Chinese Mountaineering...

UIAA Respect the Mountains, 2016 Programme

The UIAA is delighted to announce the provisional calendar for the 2016 UIAA Respect the Mountains Series. The UIAA Respect the Mountains project, supported by KEEN, comprises a series of events organized across Europe aimed at promoting a sustainable mountain environment for future generations. These events encourage local sport enthusiasts, mountain visitors, tourists and outdoor sport companies to actively participate. Each event is wrapped in a fun one-day experience consisting of a morning clean-up action, followed...

Ice Climbing scales new heights at Lillehammer 2016

The second edition of the Youth Winter Olympic Games concluded in Lillehammer, Norway yesterday following a ten-day competition which crowned 70 different gold medal winners. Main Photo: Gisle Johnsen / Lillehammer 2016 While the next generation of athletes showcased their talents across the official competition programme in sports from biathlon to figure skating to snowboard, ice climbing continued its own development within the Olympic movement through its involvement in the Sjoggfest (snow festival). A dedicated ice climbing wall, located...