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The UIAA newsletter. January 2017


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The UIAA. Newsletter. January 2017.
Welcome to the latest UIAA newsletter. 

The 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season concluded in Rabenstein, Italy last weekend. Champagny-en-Vanoise, France hosts the pinnacle event of the season - the UIAA Ice Climbing World Championships - from 4-5 February. A fitting end to a season which has witnessed record viewing figures for the sport. This month we profile the pioneering work of the Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA) from their commitment to mountain safety to promotion of youth participation. Equipment manufacturers will be able to meet the UIAA Safety Label team at ISPO Munich next week. Canada announces its first Climbing Medicine Symposium and the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission President Dr Carolina Adler is announced as the new Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI).

CHINESE MOUNTAINEERING ASSOCIATION
MEMBER PROFILE

China is an increasingly active player in the world of climbing and mountaineering. The country is an attractive location for international climbers seeking diverse challenges and experiences. Its manufacturing of mountaineering equipment has increased significantly in recent decades and it now boasts numerous world-class indoor and outdoor climbing structures. Spearheading much of the country’s dynamic change in mountain culture, safety and sport is the Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA). Full story here.

ISPO MUNICH 2017
COME AND MEET THE UIAA SAFETY LABEL TEAM
The annual ISPO MUNICH, one of the most significant trade fairs for the global sports industry, will be held at the Messe München centre from 5-8 February, 2017.

The UIAA Safety team, led by Safety Label Administrator Stephanie Stettbacher, will be present at the event to meet with existing UIAA Safety Label holders and with brands and manufacturers interested in applying.

To set up a meeting with the UIAA Safety Label team please email safetylabel@theuiaa.org
2018 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

PYEONGCHANG 2018 ORGANIZERS EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR ICE CLIMBING

On the occasion of the recent 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup event in Cheongsong, Korea, representatives from the UIAA and the Korean Alpine Federation (KAF) met high-ranking officials of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Seoul, South Korea and later at the Olympic site itself in PyeongChang. Full story here.
UIAA & ICE CLIMBING. A RECORD-BREAKING SEASON
WORLD CUP SEASON CONCLUDES IN RABENSTEIN,
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HELD NEXT WEEKEND

In excess of two million people have followed the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season. Record figures for the sport, aided by increased and improved coverage on the UIAA's YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels. The World Cup season featured five events - Durango, Beijing, Cheongsong, Saas Fee and Rabenstein - on three continents. In the lead discipline, Korea's HeeYong Park and Han Na Rai Song were season champions. The speed champions hailed from Russia - Vladimir Kartashev in the men's competition with Maria Tolokonina (pictured) and Ekaterina Koshcheeva sharing the women's title.

A full preview of this weekend's World Championships in Champagny-en-Vanoise, France will be published tomorrow, Wednesday 1 February.

Livestreaming and video highlights have been produced by QTV Sports (and Mountain TV in Cheongsong). Commentary has come from Liam Lonsdale. The 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing season is partnered by The North Face Korea.

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CALLING ALL FEMALE ALPINISTS! APPLICATION FOR GRIT & ROCK FIRST ASCENT EXPEDITION GRANT CLOSING 

LAST CHANCE TO APPLY

There are just a few hours left to apply for the GRIT&ROCK First Ascent Expedition Grant, which sets out to enable women to make mountaineering history. The annual prize of £5,000 (EUR6,000) will be awarded to a female-led alpine team, the biggest grant award of its kind globally. This is a great chance for female alpinists from UIAA member federations to embark and realize their unique climbing projects, an opportunity that is not to be missed! Full story here.
PROMOTION OF INDIAN HIMALAYAS
IMF LAUNCHES NEW PRICE SCHEME
The Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF), a longstanding UIAA member, has launched a promotional campaign designed to attract a larger number of foreign expeditions to the Indian Himalayas. As part of this initiative, peak fees on selected peaks across the range of Indian Himalayas have been reduced for the year 2017. Full story here.
FROM THE UIAA NEWSROOM
 
The busy season of youth ice and rock climbing events begins in early February with camps in France and Italy. In mid February, the UIAA ice climbing season concludes with the World Youth Championships. The UIAA Medical Commission reports the outstanding success of its paper '‘Drug Use and Misuse in the Mountains: A UIAA MedCom Consensus Guide for Medical Professionals’ which has already received over 10,000 downloads. On the subject of Mountain Medicine, the 1st Canadian Climbing Medicine Symposium will be held in Toronto, 31 July – 1 August, 2017. Meanwhile, UIAA Mountain Protection Commission President Dr Carolina Adler is confirmed as the new Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI).
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
4-5 February
UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Champagny-en-Vanoise
5-8 February
ISPO MUNICH

Munich, Germany
11-12 February
UIAA ICE CLIMBING YOUTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Champagny-en-Vanoise
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The UIAA was founded in 1932 and has 92 member associations in 68 countries representing about 3 million climbers and mountaineers. The organization's mission is to promote the growth and protection of climbing and mountaineering worldwide, advance safe and ethical mountain practices and promote responsible access, culture and environmental protection.
 
The organization operates through the work of its commissions which make recommendations, set policy and advocate on behalf of the climbing and mountaineering community. The UIAA is recognized by the International Olympic Committee.
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