Progress in Nepal. KTK-BELT Studio update

In October 2015, KTK-BELT Studio became the third recipient of the UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA). Created in 2013 as a response to forest loss, habitat decrease and a drop in biodiversity, KTK-BELT is a platform for farmers, teachers, designers and environmentalists working together to build community-based biodiversity conservation strategies in the eastern region of Nepal. Since winning the Award, the team at KTK-BELT, led by Rajeev Goyal and Priyanka Bista, have been able to invest the Award prize money in mapping existing...

Raising the Roof

UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, supported by The North Face Korea World Cup Saas Fee, Switzerland 22-23 January, 2016 All images: Eugenia Alekseeva for the UIAA Saas Fee is always a popular destination on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour. It’s easy to see why. A truly unique venue, an atmospheric amphitheatre carved into the resort car park, marks the Swiss location out as a special place for athletes and supporters alike.   During this weekend’s competition, thousands of spectators circled the spiraled car...

A veritable spectacle

UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, supported by The North Face Korea World Cup and Asian Championships Cheongsong, South Korea 16-17 January, 2016 (All Photos: Leah Kang for the UIAA) Pulsating. The second leg of the 2016 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour offered a stunning display of power, determination, speed and technique. The weekend’s action witnessed as many twists and turns as the tempestuous local weather. Cheongsong, South Korea played host to Round 2 of the competition which welcomed over 100 athletes...

Youth Olympic Games welcomes ice climbing

Following on from its popular appearance in the Olympic Park at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, ice climbing will feature as part of the sports initiation programme at the 2nd edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games to be held in Lillehammer, Norway, from 12-21 February. Ice Climbing is part of the Sjoggfest (meaning snow festival and named after the event mascot, Sjogg) located at the Tyrili Climbing Center. The program is designed to encourage visiting athletes and spectators...

Ice climbing wall open at Lillehammer 2016

IOC President Thomas Bach was among the guests to visit the ice climbing wall during the opening weekend of the 2016 Youth Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer. Main image: IOC President Thomas Bach visits the ice climbing demonstration at Lillehammer 2016 (Photo: UIAA) Ice climbing is one of the sports to feature at the 2nd edition of the competition as part of the LYOGOC (Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee)’s Sjoggfest (snow festival). The Sjoggfest programme is designed to...

John Ellison, a true inspiration

The UIAA is saddened to hear about the death of inspirational British climber John Ellison. John passed away on 27 December after a four-year battle with an incurable cancer. Following his diagnosis in 2012, John founded and spearheaded Climbers Against Cancer (CAC), raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for research in the continued fight against a disease that affects so many. The CAC logo has become an instantly recognisable emblem when encountering climbers wearing CAC t-shirts and...

Roping up at COP21

During International Mountain Day on Friday 11 December, the UIAA organised an initiative from its Call from the Mountains booth at COP21. Roping up at COP21 for International Mountain Day As part of its commitment to climate change, the UIAA was present in Paris for COP21, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. On International Mountain Day, the UIAA welcomed leaders, representatives from national and international NGOs, journalists, politicians and all citizens in attendance at the...

Total Domination

That was impressive. Two athletes have laid down a marker following the first World Cup round of the 2016 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour supported by The North Face Korea. In the highly-anticipated season opener in Bozeman, Montana, Russian athletes Maxim Tomilov and Maria Tolokonina earned the plaudits claiming gold medals in both Friday’s speed and Saturday’s lead competition. Dominating one competition is impressive enough, prevailing in both is an almost unprecedented achievement. 59 athletes from 12 countries...

Celebrating International Mountain Day

The annual International Mountain Day will be held today, Friday 11 December, with the mountain community throughout the world engaged in initiatives to celebrate and raise awareness about mountain life. The theme proposed this year is ‘Promoting mountain products for better livelihoods’ with details provided at the following link. As part of its commitment to climate change, the UIAA is currently present in Paris at COP21, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. On International Mountain...

Douglas Tompkins 1943-2015

The UIAA is saddened to hear about the passing of Douglas Tompkins, a legendary and inspirational figure in the climbing and mountaineering world. Douglas, co-founder of The North Face, was truly passionate about nature and dedicated much of his life to conservation. He was the driving force behind numerous environmental protection and biodiversity programmes and projects aimed at raising public awareness about environmental issues and those which helped foster a greater  appreciation of nature. His legacy...