Update: UIAA Medical Commission annual meeting

Medical Commission members in Greece The UIAA Medical Commission had its annual meeting on the island of Kalymnos, which included the opportunity for attendees to climb its immaculate limestone crags. Commission President Dr. David Hillebrandt reported that two-day meeting included one-day discussion Medical Commission business and the two days offering lectures to the local climbing community and basic first aid training to the Kalymnos mountain rescue team. "It was good to see so many of our members report...

Inaugural UIAA Rock Climber’s Award: South Africa

The first UIAA Rock Climbers’ Award at a rock climbing festival was held in the scenic Umgeni Valley in KwaZulu - Natal, South Africa in June 2015. The event in KwaZulu – Natal which was organized by the Southern Climbing Centre with support from UIAA member federation, the Mountain Club of South Africa, attracted about 80 climbers. UIAA Management Committee member Anne Arran attended the event. It took place in the Umgeni nature reserve against a backdrop of zebra, warthog and trains of...

UIAA Rock Climbers’ Award to be inaugurated at South African climbing event

Main Image: Climbing in the Umgenin Valley in KwaZulu - Natal, South Africa (Photo: Roger Nattrass for UIAA) The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation is proud to announce a partnership with Southern Rock Climbing Centre in South Africa for a rock climbing festival that will feature the first UIAA Rock Climbers' Award. The event takes place 13 - 14 June 2015 in the Umgeni Valley in KwaZulu-Natal as part of the Origin Mountain Festival. Please click on this link for more details about...

Foundation for ecotourism being laid in the Pamirs says UIAA Mountain Protection Award winner

UIAA Mountain Protection Award Winner - Pamir Horse Adventure from UIAA - Climbing & Mountaineering on Vimeo. Aslisho Qurboniev, 29, hails from Khorog, Tajikistan, which is nestled in the Pamir Mountains. In 2010 Quboniev founded Pamir Horse Adventure, a community-based ecotourism company that promotes and encourages sustainable tourism in the Pamirs. The organization was the recipient of the UIAA Mountain Protection Award in 2014. Qurboniev recently spoke to the UIAA about how the idea for the organization came about, how...

UIAA announces Rock Climbers’ Award

Recognizing the rock climbing community (Photo: Copyright: Gaetan Raymond for UIAA) From its establishment in 1932, the UIAA has promoted and developed mountain sports while respecting the environment. High mountains, big walls, bouldering, ski mountaineering, ice climbing and rock climbing; these are all activities in the DNA of the UIAA International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation. Rock climbing enthusiasts around the world are now being recognized by the UIAA with a new Rock Climbers' Award. Every year the UIAA will choose the...

Yosemite film wins UIAA Award for best climbing

Valley Uprising, an American film that traces the recent history of climbing in the Yosemite Valley through interviews with living legends is the winner of the UIAA Award for Best Climbing Film at the Trento Film Festival. The winning film for the UIAA Award which included a cash prize of 1,500 Euros was announced today by UIAA Executive Board member Pier Giorgio Oliveti at the Trento Film Festival. The award was for the film which best captures the values...

Alpine huts across Canada now cheaper for UIAA member federations

An alpine hut run by the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) in Asulkan Valley, Rogers Pass, Glacier National Park The Alpine Club of Canada operates the largest network of backcountry huts in North America. Access to these family-friendly huts in alpine meadows, backcountry powder paradises and remote climbers’ refuges will now be cheaper for UIAA members. To date, UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation members were able to use the huts at ACC member rates if they paid the...

Everest and Nepal earthquake update from Nepal Mountaineering Association

The reconstruction of earthquake devastated Nepal will take a long time Ang Tshering Sherpa of the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) sent the UIAA an update over the weekend which provides a complete list of missing, wounded and dead foreigners in Nepal. Update on foreigners: This list tells you the names of the foreigners, their status and what hospital they are located in if they are wounded. Missing foreigners: This list updates the names of missing foreigners. Everest Base...

UIAA Award: The best climbing films of 2014-2015

The UIAA Award for the best climbing film of 2014-2015 will be announced on 9 April 2015 The countdown has begun for the Trento Film Festival. The big moment is on 9 May 2015 when UIAA Executive Board member Pier Giorgio Oliveti will announce the first winner of the UIAA Award for the best in film which captures the values of the UIAA and its commitment to the to the mountains, adventure and spirit of exploration. The winner...

Tragedy in Nepal: UIAA federations members raise funds

Nepal Mountaineering Association President Ang Tshering Sherpa receives donation fromYong-Jin Choe, Korean Ambassador and In-Jeong Lee President of Korean Alpine Federation (Photo: NMA for UIAA) UIAA member federations reacted with horror and sorrow as news broke that once again, tragedy has struck the climbing season on Mount Everest and the people of Nepal. Within moments of a weekend earthquake that has killed thousands of people across the country, with the death toll expected to rise even more, UIAA...