The UIAA (the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation) is the recognised international federation for mountain sports and the acknowledged expert on all international climbing and mountaineering matters. It has 80 member associations in 50 countries representing over 2,5 million individual members. It is affiliated to the International Olympic Committee.

The MCSA was invited to join the UIAA in 1995 and is the only member from Africa.

Through its membership of the UIAA the MCSA is afforded many opportunities, in the form of access to knowledge, the UIAA commissions, international expeditions and training initiatives. There is also a youth meet every year. Two of these international youth meets had been hosted in the Drakensberg by the MCSA. Youth Development funding is available through IOC affiliation of the UIAA for youth training and development. In 2014 an African Youth Leader Training Seminar took place in the Magaliesberg, partially funded through the IOC.

The UIAA Commissions are the working mechanism to obtain the goals of the UIAA and the MCSA has representation via corresponding members on the following Commissions:

Access, Environment, Expeditions, Medical, Training and Youth.

The MCSA President usually attends the annual General Assembly of the UIAA, providing feedback on trends and international affairs (See Reports below).


For more information visit the UIAA website:

UIAA related news

International Mountain Day 2019

December 11th, 2019|Comments Off on International Mountain Day 2019

On 11 December , which was UN INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY, past president Paul Fatti represented The Mountain Club when SABC asked for an interview. Watch the Video above.

2018 UIAA Annual Report now available

May 29th, 2019|Comments Off on 2018 UIAA Annual Report now available

Find the annual report of the UIAA on their website for download (Pdf | 19 Mb):

Youth Leader Training Seminar – Magaliesberg

August 16th, 2014|Comments Off on Youth Leader Training Seminar – Magaliesberg

A Youth Training Seminar held at the beautiful Maretlwane Outdoor Learning Centre, in the Magaliesberg. The event was fully subscribed, with seven representatives from different MCSA Sections, three from MCSA Namibia, three from The Mountain [...]

UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt visits SA

October 25th, 2013|Comments Off on UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt visits SA

The UIAA President, Frits Vrijlandt from the Netherlands, received an invitation from the SA Government to attend a conference, Sports and Events Tourism Exchange, from 22-24 October 2013 in Durban. Just the fact that the [...]