4.         UIAA

Some selected highlights of the UIAA’s activities are provided below members are encouraged to go to http://www.theuiaa.org/ to find out more about the UIAA‘s important activities.


The French Alpine Club Federation, Toulouse, is hosting a Youth Climbing Camp from 7 – 12 JULY 2018 in Ariege, South of France, aimed at Youth Members between the ages of 15 and 25 and should be able to lead climb at a minimum of 5b French grade.  Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult climber/coach. 

·         Registration deadline FOR SOUTH AFRICANS WHO NEED A VISA, THE DEADLINE WILL BE 25 APRIL 2018.  A maximum of 12 participants (15 with climber/coach) is planned so priority will be given to early applications.

·         COSTS: 30 EUR per participant/per night, payable on arrival to the organiser. Accommodation, full board, leading and organisational costs included (40 E for climber/coach)

·         Some funding could be available from the Centenary Journal Youth Fund which was established with the intention of supporting our youth members.

·         FOR MORE INFORMATION AND APPLICATION FORM CONTACT:    secretary@mcsa.org.za (Note please you may not go direct to the organisers).

4.2       Introducing the UIAA Alpine Summer Skills series

The UIAA Alpine Skills Summer guide was first published in 2015. Produced in collaboration with the Petzl Foundation, the guide and has been well received worldwide and is currently available in five languages. To mark the launch of a digital version of the publication, the UIAA is running a series of articles from the guide designed to help hikers, climbers and mountaineers develop their skills and knowledge of the mountain environment.

4.3       Online climbing gear: are you buying safe equipment?

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) recently published a guide regarding the potential perils of buying climbing equipment online, notably the abundance of non-certified equipment offered by dubious sellers.

The UIAA endorses the BMC article which advises buying gear ‘which conform(s) to the relevant CEN or UIAA standard, which is usually mentioned in the product description’.

4.4       Mountain Skills: How frostbite occurs

The higher we climb, the colder it gets: atmospheric air temperature drops by 1.2 degrees for every 200 metres of elevation gain, or six degrees per 1,000 metres. Meanwhile, extended physical exertion requires extra energy at higher elevations. Thus when you feel drained due to poor nutrition, your body will have trouble producing heat. At first you begin to feel the cold in your extremities; it then spreads to your vital organs. A chapter in the UIAA Alpine Skills Summer handbook dedicated to ‘Cold’ explores both recognising the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite.

4.5       Indian Mountaineering Foundation organises major mountaineering festival

The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) is organising a Mountaineering Festival at four locations in the Indian Himalaya. Each location is unique offering some truly exciting challenges for international climbers.

·         23 July – 12 August, 2018
Himachal Pradesh

·         15 October – 3 November, 2018

·         20 May – 8 June, 2019

·         22 July – 11 August, 2019
Ladakh (J&K)

Highlights of the festival include:

• Fully functional base camp set up by IMF during festival period
• Climbing equipment available to rent
• Guides/ climbing leaders available at base camp
• Over the counter permit facilitation
• Liaison officers positioned at base camp
• High-altitude trained doctor at base camp
• Rescue teams positioned at base camp

4.6       UIAA Mountain Protection Award

The UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA) was created in 2013. During its six years of existence, the annual UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA) has made a tangible difference to mountain lives, communities and the environment. It has enabled people to raise finances to build key infrastructures, conduct vital research and fulfil pending goals; it has provided an international showcase and communication platform for projects to raise awareness and exchange ideas and initiatives. Not only has it supported local communities, it has fostered its own global community. The Award celebrates innovation and a desire to make a difference.