Ice climbing draws attention in Sochi

Ice climbing had a unique and prominent presence at the Olympic Park during the recently concluded Winter Olympics in Sochi. Part of the Ice Climbing Festival, it included a Speed wall and a Lead structure, built with the generous support of sponsor Sberbank, which saw thousands of visitors witness ice climbing and dry tooling for the first time. More than 300 visitors lined up daily to climb the wall. It was also an opportunity for a group of international...

Long list for 2014 Piolet d’Or released

The long list of  potential nominees for the 2014 Piolet d'Or has been released. A smaller group of nominees for the prestigious 2014 awards will be chosen from this super long list published on the Piolet d'Or website: CHINE Kyzyl Asker (5,842m) A free ascent of the southeast pillar by Nicolas Favresse, Stéphane Hanssens, Sean Villanueva, and Evrard Wendenbaum in 15 days capsule style. After a new integral start, the climb lies very close to the 2007 Russian route as...

Olympic Blog: Amercian reporter challenges Russia’s Ivan Spitsin on the wall and CTV covers Nathan, Jen and Gord

Ice climbing is being showcased at the Olympic Park and the UIAA is there to celebrate the moment. This page will be updated regularly with information from the venue where climbers from around the world and visitors can climb and watch Lead and Speed duels on the wall. 23 February 2014 Nathan, Jen and Gord are great ambassadors for ice climbing. Here's Canada's CTV network covering ice climbing in Sochi. 21 February 2014 Various media from around the world...

Nepal government reduces fees to climb Mount Everest

The Nepal government has announced reduced fees to climb Mount Everest to attract mountaineers to the world's highest peak, even as concerns grow about the environmental effects of climbers who already crowd the mountain during the high season. An Associated Press article noted quoted Madhusudan Burlakoti, head of Nepal's Department of Mountains, saying that starting in 2015, it will cost $11,000 per climber to climb Everest. Under the current rules, a single climber pays $25,000. But larger...

Marc Beverly and Alexey Tomilov demonstrate Lead in Sochi and more

Marc Beverly and Alexey Tomilov show how Lead is done in Olympic Park in Sochi (Photo: Lukasz Warzecha for UIAA). It was warm enough today for climbers to demonstrate Lead and Speed in their T-shirts and the warm weather also brought out a variety of visitors who came to give the wall a try at Olympic Park in Sochi. They included Svetlana Zhurova, former Russian speed skater and 'mayor' of Sochi's Olympic Village. A photo blog by...

BMC Patron and former UIAA President Ian McNaught-Davis dies

The UIAA is saddened to hear of the death of former UIAA president Ian McNaught-Davis through the British Mountaineering Council where he was Patron and former president. Funeral arrangements For those friends who can make it to the funeral, these are the details. Please contact Loreto McNaught-Davis to let her know if you will be attending. Mac's funeral will take place on Tuesday 18 February. 2:30pm: Church Service, Our Lady of Victories, 235a Kensington High Street, London W8 6QT 6SA The church is...

UIAA World Youth Championships in Champagny-en-Vanoise bodes well for future of sport

It's a sign of youth interest in ice climbing and and deep bench strength in the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup that several of the climbers from the adult tour also participate in 2014 UIAA Youth Ice Climbing World Championships which concluded today in Champagny-en-Vanoise. The climbers included Janez Svoljak, Kevin Huser,  Radomir Proschenko, and Yannick Glatthard. There's good news for ice climbing in the fact that we have a 13 - 15 years age group as...

Ice Queens: The video

[embed]https://vimeo.com/85424809[/embed] Angelika Rainer and Lucie Hrozova are among the most experienced competitors in the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup Tour. Here's a short video where the two discuss their sport in the spectacular setting of Cheongsong, Korea a few weeks ago. ICE QUEENS with Angelika Rainer and Lucie Hrozova from UIAA - Mountaineering & Climbing on Vimeo. Rainer began this year with a bronze in Cheongsong and has continued to progress with a silver in Busteni and the...

Nikolay Kuzovlev stuns with nightime victory in Champagny-en-Vanoise

Next stop for the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup: Rabenstein Italy (7-9 February, 2014) Summary from Champagny-en-Vanoise, France The new champions in Champagny-en-Vanoise are Nikolay Kuzovlev (Lead - Men), Maria Tolokonina (Lead - Women)l Vladimir Kartashev (Men - Speed) and Julia Oleynikova (Women - Speed). The outdoor climbing wall in French alpine resort of Champangy - en - Vanoise in the Rhône-Alpes region once again proved itself to be a stunning backdrop to the UIAA Ice Climbing World...

Bernard Amy says we must explain what the mountains give us and what we learn from them

Editor's Note: Carlo Zanantoni sent us this speech by Bernard Amy, the well known French mountaineer and writer, member of GHM and President the French Observatoir pour les Pratiques de la Montagne et de l' Alpinisme (OPMA), which he thought would of interest to UIAA members. Ami recently become a member of the Italian Academic Alpine Club.  The text of the brief address and Ami's love affair with mountaineering which he gave to the CAAI Assembly on that occasion is...