Female Pakistani climber inspires women and youth

Mountaineering exploits by a Pakistani woman, Samina Baig, have been hailed as inspiring for women and youth of the country. Pakistan’s Minister for Sports, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, congratulated Baig on her achievements which he said were unheard of in Pakistan. He assured the participants...

Sweden moves forward on Access issues

The Swedish Climbing Federation (SKF) has produced a sign on Right of Public Access that it will put up at crags throughout the country in 2011, in cooperation with local clubs. Through its Access Commission, the UIAA supports such moves by mountaineering federations to introduce Best Practices. In...

Members’ value highlighted at executive meeting

Increasing value for members by providing information on expeditions and mountain huts were two of the issues discussed at the UIAA’s executive meeting, held on May 8 in Kalymnos, Greece. In his address to the UIAA Management Committee, President Mike Mortimer said he would like...

Nakamura reveals Sichuan’s unclimbed peaks

Renowned Japanese climber and explorer, Tamotsu “Tom” Nakamura, has returned from a recent expedition to Sichuan, China. His report, below, details the many unclimbed peaks in the region. Many of the peaks he refers to can be viewed in this gallery of his photographs. Nakamura report: Unclimbed...

Anti-Doping talks held on Ice Climbing sidelines

The UIAA Anti-Doping Commission has held a key meeting on the sidelines of the Ice Climbing World Cup event in Saas Fee, Switzerland on January 24. The commission is responsible for developing and maintaining the UIAA’s doping control programme including in and out of competition testing, result-based testing, random...

Advice paper issued on hypoxia

The UIAA Medical Commission has published a new paper that offers health and safety advice on hypoxia. More and more people – no longer just climbers at high altitude – can be affected by hypoxia, a condition in which the body is deprived of an...