Engineer and mountaineer Pit Schubert was honoured by the UIAA and DAV (German Alpine Club) on July 16 at the OutDoor trade fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
The international federation and German club chose to put the spotlight on Schubert for his lifetime contributions to making mountaineering and climbing safer.
The German climber played a major role in establishing the UIAA Safety Label, recognised as the world’s leading standard for mountaineering equipment.
“When I started my work on safety for climbers and mountaineers in 1968, it was very easy to make big developments because there was a lot left to do,” Schubert told the UIAA last year when he was named a UIAA honorary member. “At that time man was making the first flight to the moon a reality, but we were still using ice axes with wooden shafts – which could break on the first use on the ice – so a lot of things were waiting to be done.”
The UIAA Safety Label is now used for 19 different categories of equipment, including helmets, harnesses and crampons.
Schubert was a member of the UIAA Safety Commission from 1973 until 2004, and served as president for the last eight years. He founded the Safety Commission of the DAV in 1968 and was the association’s safety director for 32 years.
The OutDoor in Friedrichshafen is considered a leading trade fair for companies and operators active in the outdoor branch