UIAA Ice Climbing Video

The International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation UIAA have produced an instructional video about ice climbing which they have posted on YouTube and is embedded below. It is called Basic Ice Climbing and is presented by four-time world champion ice climber Ines Papert. Considered the best female ice climber in the world, Ines Papert specialises in … Continue reading UIAA Ice Climbing Video

Speed Climber Ueli Steck Interview

Swiss Alpinist and speed climber Ueli Steck is famous for his fast and lightweight approach to the world's hardest and highest mountains. Sponsored by Petzl, Scarpa, Leki and Mountain Hardware, Ueli Steck has set the speed record for the Matterhorn (1 hour 56 minutes), Grandes Jorasses (2 hours 21 minutes) and the North Face of … Continue reading Speed Climber Ueli Steck Interview

Climbing and Mountaineering in Afghanistan

There are many mountainous regions in Afghanistan and prior to the Soviet invasion in 1979 it was a popular destination for climbers and mountaineers. In May 2009 the new democratic government created the Band-e-Amir National Park which it hopes will boost national tourism to the area. It should also help to encourage the international community … Continue reading Climbing and Mountaineering in Afghanistan

UIAA Announces New Executive Director

The UIAA have announced the appointment of a new executive director. He is Ingo Nicolay, who is also the president of the Heilbronn Section of the DAV, the German alpine club. Ingo Nicolay will be replacing former executive director, Judith Safford. UIAA stands for International Union of Alpine Associations, but the organisation is also known … Continue reading UIAA Announces New Executive Director

Climbing Helmets a Tough Nut to Crack

A huge part of climbing (and abseiling) is the adrenaline caused by the risks being taken. However, an even bigger part of climbing is the calculating of these risks in order to ensure the safety of the climber is not in any way compromised. This is no easy task with many considerations such as climbing ropes, safety harness, climbing … Continue reading Climbing Helmets a Tough Nut to Crack

Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust – Boundless Horizons Lecture

The Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust are holding a 30th Anniversary Lecture called Boundless Horizons - Great first ascents achieved beyond Everest in the greater ranges. The talk will be given by their patron Sir Christian Bonington at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 3rd June. The funds raised by the lecture will go towards … Continue reading Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust – Boundless Horizons Lecture

Berghaus Arete Tour 40 Extrem Review

Update: We are no longer stocking the Arete Tour 40 Extrem and instead recommend The North Face Prophet 40, which is part of the Summit Series that is designed for specifically for mountaineering. The Berghaus Arete Tour 40 Extrem rucksack is a high end, medium sized backpack suitable for climbing, scrambling, mountaineering, ski mountaineering and … Continue reading Berghaus Arete Tour 40 Extrem Review

UIAA Mountaineering Federation Ethics Code

To coincide with International Mountain Day 2009, the UIAA International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation released their new code of Mountaineering and Climbing Ethics. The UIAA's bold summary encompasses the thinking behind the declaration: Stretch Your Limits, Lift Your Spirits, Aim for the Top! The mountaineering and climbing ethics code encompasses the following twelve points, which … Continue reading UIAA Mountaineering Federation Ethics Code

Mobile Roaming for 999 Calls

Ofcom, the Government body that oversees communications in the UK, has agreed to ‘roaming’ for emergency calls. This means that when a caller has no signal from their provider, the mobile phone system will switch them to any other provider’s emergency signal if there is one available. This move will hopefully lead to increased safety … Continue reading Mobile Roaming for 999 Calls