Save the Date: International Mountain Sports Training Course

Featured, Mountain Medicine

From 19-21 April 2024, alongside scheduled meetings of the UIAA Executive Committee and Management Board, the UIAA will hold an International Mountain Sports Training Course in Bariloche, Argentina together with the hosting Federación Argentina de Ski y Andinismo (FASA).

Participants will delve into topics of mountain medicine, techniques and safety during the three-day workshop. The first half of the course will focus on lectures on mostly medical and rescue topics, including (waste) water, altitude illnesses, hypothermia and frostbite and differences and similarities in men and women at altitude.

Additional speakers are lined up to present on topics such as responsible climbing and the development of training curricula. Complementary and entertaining panel discussions on climate change, the use of modern rescue gear, and comparing rescue situations and operations will round the first half of the course, whilst the second will focus on workshops and applying what was learned in the field out climbing.

A pool of international experts will hold lectures and lead workshops, representing various UIAA Commissions – Medical, Training and Safety – and Argentine mountaineering and rescue institutions.

The International Mountain Sports Training Course is led by a team of four people:

  • Urs Hefti, UIAA MedCom president (chair)
  • Martin Lascano, UIAA Executive Committee
  • Mijel Lotfi, UIAA MedCom, FASA representative and IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • Marcelo Parada, FASA Medical Director

For anyone interested in attending, registrations will open up mid-January through both the UIAA and FASA websites. Please sign-up to the UIAA newsletter for updates including confirmation on when registration is open.