Mountain Club of South Africa hosts Frits Vrijlandt

Frits Vrijlandt became the first president since UIAA president Ian McNaught-Davis to visit the South Africa when he attended the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange in October at the invitation of the South African government. The KwaZulu-Natal Section of the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA), a UIAA member, since 1992, played host to Vrijlandt during his visit. The visit included an opportunity for Vrijlandt to go climbing with Gavin Raubenheimer at Monteseel, South Africa. Anne Rodwell  of...

Sustainable tourism focus of Azerbaijan conference

Sustainable tourism was the focus of a two-day conference organized by Western University, the sponsor of the inaugural UIAA Mountain Protection Award, in Baku, Azerbaijan. Among the 20 speakers and 50 attendees were UIAA vice-president Peter Farkas and UIAA Mountain Commission president Linda McMillan, Hussein Bagirov, president of Azerbaijan Air and Extreme Sports Federation (FAIREX), World Wildlife Fund representatives and specialists in ecotourism. More than half of Azerbaijan is covered by mountains, and speakers discussed "the valuable...

Claude Eckhardt elected Honorary Member of the UIAA

French mountaineer Claude Eckhardt was elected Honorary Member of the UIAA – International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation for a lifetime of work dedicated to the promotion of mountaineering and protection of mountain regions around the world. In his acceptance speech at the General Assembly in Pontresina, Switzerland earlier this month, Eckhardt said his long involvement with UIAA came about by accident after he was injured in a mountaineering accident. That’s when the president of his local...

Zdeněk Hrubý (1956 – 2013) loved the high mountains

Editor's Note: Last month, we received sad news of the death of Zdeněk Hrubý (1956 – 2013), president of the Czech Mountaineering Federation. Hrubý fell to his death in August 2013 while attempting a new route via the southwest face of Gasherbrum I (Hidden Peak) with his companion Marek Holeček. Just last October, he joined the UIAA during its General Assembly in Amsterdam. The UIAA offers its deepest condolences to his family and friends. Zdeněk Hrubý...

The 2013 Global Youth Summit a huge, diverse success

One of the most diverse series of Global Youth Summit events ever held under the supervision of the UIAA Youth Commission ended last month with a new event, a rock climbing festival in Terelj, Mongolia, organized by the Mongolian National Mountaineering Federation. “We covered wide geography and we organized winter and summer actions in various disciplines: ice-climbing, rock-climbing, mountaineering,” said UIAA Youth Commission president Israfil Ashurly.  “There were camps, schools, seminars, expeditions and festivals in different...

Claude ECKHARDT

2016 is proving to be another busy year for the UIAA Youth Commission and its series of Global Youth Summit (GYS) events ...

Nepal government to tighten regulations around climbing Mount Everest

The Nepal government announced this week it would set up a permanent government team at the base camp of Mount Everest which observers believe is a first step towards the tightening of regulations around the number of climbers on the mountain, and what they do on it. UIAA Honorary member Ang Tshering, the immediate past president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association which helped recommended the new rules also hopes it will limit the quest for “bizarre records” on...

Jaewook Kim (1970 – 2013) loved the thrill of competition and sport climbing

Editor's note: Sad news came to us from the Korean Alpine Federation about the death of Jaewook Kim, an international sport climbing judge with the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour.   The Korean climbing community and the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour lost one of its most passionate voices with the sudden death of Kim Jaewook earlier this month. “Jaewook was a pioneer in ice climbing and the development of ice climbing competition in Korea,” said Christine Pae,...

FEDME study connects marked paths and sustainable rural development

[embed]https://youtu.be/IvQks0UJqps[/embed]   The Spanish Federation of Mountain and Climbing Sports (FEDME) has released a study which looks at how hiking trails can be developed in an economical, socially and environmentally sustainable manner. "This research is pioneering in Europe,” said Juan J. Ibáñez Martin, the new head of the UIAA Access Commission and a member of the FEDME Access Commission which produced the study titled "Market Paths and Sustainable Rural Development.” "For the first time, we are trying to define...

Young climbers from the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) reach summit of Mount Ararat in Turkey

Editor's Note: This is an Italian Alpine Club news release from Milan, Italy dated 24 July 2013 On 23 July at 6:30 a.m., an Italian flag with the CAI Youth Alpinism symbol on it fluttered on the summit of Mount Ararat (5165 m – Anatolia – Eastern Turkey). It was the culmination of the successful ascent by the “CAI expedition to Mount Ararat” to mark the 150th anniversary of the Italian Alpine Club, an initiative which involved...