ONLINE MEETINGS PAVE WAY FOR UIAA PROGRESS

For the first time in the UIAA’s near 90-year history, and owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, its biannual Management Committee meeting was held online. The virtual format proved to be a success. All discussion topics and voting were successfully negotiated and all MC members, delegates from each and every continent, were able to join. The MC, held on Friday 1 May, was followed by a meeting of the UIAA Commission Presidents on Saturday 2 May. MANAGEMENT...

ELECTION OF NEW UIAA PRESIDENT

In October 2020, the second term of UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt will end. After eight years, the current President will leave office according to the UIAA Articles of Association (AoA) that permit a maximum of two terms of four years. The election of a new UIAA President will take place on 24 October 2020, inline with the UIAA Articles of Association (AoA). The electing body is the UIAA General Assembly. According to the UIAA AoA, member federations are...

NEPAL: LETTER FROM NMA PRESIDENT

The following communication was sent to the UIAA Office by Nepal Mountaineering Association President Santa Bir Lama on 28 April. It follows a previous communication from the NMA concerning Covid-19. Dear President, Please kindly accept warm greetings from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).  COVID 19, which emerged from China at the end of 2019 and now has become one of the strongest reasons for the human loss in China, Europe, USA and other Asian countries. With the aim to...

SOLIDARITY FROM THE KOREAN ALPINE FEDERATION

The following updates have been provided by the Korean Alpine Federation (KAF), courtesy of UIAA Management Committee member and Continental Representative for Asia, Christine Pae. Dr Injung Lee, former President of KAF, and UIAA honorary member has also written a personal message. A Personal Message from UIAA Honorary Member, Dr Injung Lee Greetings from Korea. Covid-19, which emerged from China at the end of 2019 has now become one of the strongest causes of human loss worldwide including in...

TEN OF THE BEST UIAA ICE CLIMBING VIDEOS

To provide a much needed ice climbing fix during lockdown, the UIAA has selected ten of the most compelling clips, features and highlights packages from past World Cups and World Championships. UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD CUP DENVER, UNITED STATES Lead Finals, 2019 A record-breaking crowd (over 25,000 fans across the weekend) attended the finale to the 2018-2019 season held in downtown Denver. The lead finals, played out in front of an electric atmosphere, saw Swiss sensation Yannick Glatthard take...

AAC: MESSAGE FROM CEO PHIL POWERS

The following communication, a message from American Alpine Club CEO Phil Powers, was published on 30 April. A MESSAGE FROM AAC CEO PHIL POWERS To the American Alpine Club Community, Our world has been radically impacted by COVID-19. And, this week, it hit home for us in Golden. Yesterday, we placed nearly a quarter of our valued employees on furlough. The senior leadership team and I were brought to this decision after thorough and thoughtful forecasting and budget cuts. With...

New Brunswick Opens Rock Climbing with Covid Rules

The following article was published in Gripped on 27 April. It concerns the Province of New Brunswick, Canada. Social distancing and staying safe while crag climbing during a pandemic On April 24, 2020, the Province of New Brunswick introduced a four-phase recovery plan to COVID-19. In doing so, the Province has relaxed some of the restrictions in place. This is good news because we have received word from Range Control that CFB Gagetown land has been reopened to...

FIRST MEETING OF UIAA CCC TASK FORCE

At its 7 April online meeting, members of the UIAA Executive Board team unanimously decided to create a Covid-19 Crisis Consultation (CCC) task force - a lean, crisis-related structure, serving the interests of UIAA members wherever and whenever applicable. The CCC held its first meeting, again online, on 22 April. The meeting counted members of the UIAA EB, Management Committee, Office and individual Commissions. The CCC’s mission is to provide fast responses to queries and Covid-19-related...

Opinion position on Preacclimatisation for Expeditions to Extreme Altitude

Published by High Altitude Medicine & Biology on 17 April 2020, members of the UIAA Medical Commission have written an opinion position titled ‘Preacclimatisation for expeditions to extreme altitude’. The article was compiled during the Commission’s most recent meeting, held in Bolzano, Italy, November 2019. The paper tackles the subjects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) prevention and intermittent normobaric hypoxia preacclimatisation. The full article, made freely available online courtesy of High Altitude Medicine & Biology, can...