This Alpine Summer Skills Handbook was first published in 2013 and is intended for hikers, climbers and mountaineers who wish to progress in the practice of their favourite activity by acquiring additional knowledge and skills. The Handbook is the result of close collaboration between the UIAA, the Petzl Foundation and the Alpine Club of Canada. A new and third edition of the Handbook was recently released in English. Print copies can be now ordered by UIAA member associations.


How to order a copy

A digital version of the Handbook will be released in due course. Previous editions of the Handbook are available in different languages (see below) having been translated in partnership with UIAA member associations worldwide. More specifically, member federations gain the following privileges:

  • The opportunity to order print copies of the latest version in English is exclusively for UIAA member associations. Any individual wishing to purchase a copy should contact their closest UIAA member association. See a full list of UIAA members here.
  • UIAA member associations can order print copies of the English language version by contacting the UIAA Office.
  • Details on how to access the latest English language digital version will be communicated shortly.
  • Previous versions of the Handbook (v1 or v2) are available in the following languages and from the UIAA member association indicated:
    Albanian (Albanian Mountaineering Federation)
    Chinese (Chinese Taipei Mountaineering Association)
    Czech (Czech Mountaineering Association)
    French (Alpine Club of Canada, FFCAM)
    Japanese (Japan Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Association)
    Korean (Korean Alpine Federation)
    Mongolian (Mongolian National Climbing Federation)
    Romanian (Romanian Alpine Club)
    Serbian (Mountaineering Association of Serbia)
    Turkish (Turkish Mountaineering Federation)
  • Translations are in progress in the following languages: Arabic, Greek, Indonesian, Iranian (Farsi), Lithuanian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Spanish, Ukrainian

What is in the Handbook?

The Handbook’s seven modules focus primarily on summer activities: Basic Knowledge, Alpine Hiking, Climbing and Alpinism. Its goal is to put forth proven techniques that should be learned and mastered through proper technical training as provided by an instructor. Chapters and subjects include: Meteorology, Orientation, Navigation, Group Management, Decision-Making, Adapting to the Environment, Rescue, Alpine Hiking, Equipment, Belaying, Multi-Pitch Route, Rappelling, Snow and Ice and Crevasses.

UIAA Winter Skills Handbook

The UIAA is working on a new edition of the Winter Handbook, with a release date tbc. The Winter Handbook will cover topics related to winter mountaineering and climbing activities, such as ice climbing, ski mountaineering, and snow and ice anchors. Like the Summer Alpine Handbook, the Winter Handbook is expected to be available in both print and digital formats and in multiple languages.


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