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The UIAA newsletter. February 2018


The UIAA Newsletter. February 2018.

In Brief

The UIAA Alpine Summer Skills guide is now available worldwide as a digital download. In the field of mountain safety, the UIAA and the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) publish recommendations related to The Chadar Trek. The use of portable hyperbaric chambers is the subject of the UIAA’s latest medical advice profile. In Asia, the reputation of the UIAA Safety Label continues to develop in an rapidly expanding market. The 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing season concludes this weekend in Kirov, Russia following a busy season of World and European Cup events. Newsletter subscribers have the opportunity to enter a competition to win a signed copy of Doug Scott’s latest book – The Ogre. The most recent member association to join the UIAA – Malta Climbing Club – comes under the spotlight. The 2018 UIAA Mountain Protection Award opens in late March coinciding with a special ceremony to commemorate 2017 winner Mount Everest Biogas Project (MEBP).

AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE AS DIGITAL DOWNLOADThe 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.

The guide was developed specifically as a reference document for trip leaders and instructors of club and federations within the UIAA – an aide memoire for climbers and mountaineers who attend training courses delivered by instructors and guides who have gained qualifications accredited by the UIAA. Now open to the wider climbing and mountaineering world, the handbook’s four modules focus primarily on summer activities. Full story here

The digital edition of Alpine Skills: Summer, a downloadable application which permits free updates to content, can be purchased here.

APPLICATION OPENS ON 24 MARCHApplication for the 2018 UIAA Mountain Protection Award will open immediately after a special presentation is held in Kathmandu, Nepal for Mount Everest Biogas Project (MEBP) winner of the 2017 Award. A dedicated press conference will also be held in Nepal to showcase the Award and will feature representatives from the MEBP and the 2015 winner KTK-BELT Studio. The press conference coincides with the UIAA Management Committee meeting, held from 23-24 March. Details on the press conference, and how to apply for the 2018 Award, will be available shortly.


An enthralling 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, partnered by The North Face Korea, concludes in Kirov, Russia this weekend with the final act of a dramatic season. The quest to be World Tour champion across both the male and female lead and speed competitions is still wide open. A preview of the season finale will be available to our ice climbing news subscribers tomorrow. Livestreaming will be available on the UIAA Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels, on the Olympic Channel, and on partner channel EXTREME. To subscribe to ice climbing news please click here.


An inspirational image of UIAA Honorary Member Jordi Pons Sanginés, 85 years old, ice climbing on Pedraforca (2,506m) in the Pyrenees. The area is a noted paradise for rock climbing, with limestone walls up to 800m high. In the winter several ice falls form, making this spot – some 150 km from Barcelona – a perfect location for ice climbing training.Full picture on our Facebook page.

ESSENTIAL SAFETY ADVICEIncreasingly popular as a trekking destination among both Indian and international adventurers and tourists, the Chadar Trek, an ice passage across a fast flowing river in the Zanskar region of Ladakh, is also a route which presents a number of safety concerns.

With the aim of providing anyone planning on crossing this magnificent ‘ice highway’ with greater safety information, the UIAA Training Panel, with the support of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), has provided the following information related to the prevention of accidents and dealing with unforeseen situations. This advice is also available on the IMF website. Full story here.

AT THE CROSSROADS OF THE MEDITERRANEANAt the 2017 UIAA General Assembly, the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation welcomed its latest member. With the election of the Malta Climbing Club (MCC) as full member, the UIAA now represents 91 member associations from 68 countries.

The MCC was set up in 2010, a time when in Malta there was no truly representative climbing organisation. “It was felt that the sport needed a structure which in addition to promoting the sport locally, would also work towards providing local climbers with the support and services that climbers now often take for granted in their own countries all over the world,” explains the federation’s President Simon Alden. Full story here.


At a series of meetings and tradeshows in China, the UIAA Safety team discuss the promotion and development of the UIAA Safety Label and Standards in Asia. A guide on when, and how, to use portable hyperbaric chambers is the topic of the latest UIAA MedCom article. Rock Climbing Festival organisers from Central and South America are invited to apply for the 2018 UIAA Rock Climbing Awards, with cash prizes of up to 5,000 CHF on offer. Registration for UIAA Youth Events in Fontainebleau, France and Iran is open.

2-4 March
Kirov, Russia
23-24 March
Kathmandu, Nepal
23-24 March
Kathmandu, Nepal
The UIAA was founded in 1932 and has 91 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 (IOC).

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The UIAA Newsletter. January 2018.

Welcome to the first UIAA monthly newsletter of 2018

Recent international trade shows have provided the UIAA with the opportunity to discuss important mountain safety and sustainability topics with the outdoor community. The calendar of Global Youth Events is taking shape. The Series provides opportunities for young climbers from across the world to meet and develop their skills. Eye issues in expeditions is the focus of this month’s UIAA MedCom advice article while the insight of an experienced mountain rescuer features as the latest entry in our Passion for the Mountains series. From the UIAA archives, we explore the creation of the list of 3,000m Pyrenees peaks. UIAA-supported charity Climbers Against Cancer make a significant donation during the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup event in Saas-Fee while recent changes in the UIAA Court come under the spotlight. Record audiences tune in for the start of the 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing season.

LATEST UIAA MEDCOM ARTICLEVisual loss in the wilderness setting is potentially fatal. Firstly it may be a warning sign of a serious systemic problem and secondly the patient may lose their functional independence and ability to respond to objective danger. The issues discussed in the UIAA MedCom paper #20, Eye Problems in Expeditions (available in English, Czech, German, Italian, Japanese and Persian) fall broadly into two categories, those that are unique to the high altitude setting and those that could happen anywhere but require treatment to protect vision when standard ophthalmological care is unavailable. Full story here
FOLLOW THE LATEST NEWSThe 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing season is well underway with two World Cup events, a World Youth Championships and three European Cups having already taken place. The Series heads to Asia over the next two weekends with World Cup competitions in Hohhot (China) and Cheongsong (South Korea). This latter event will provide the UIAA with the opportunity to showcase the sport in the host country of the upcoming Olympic Winter Games. Record audiences have tuned in to watch the first two World Cup events through the UIAA’s livestreaming platforms and on the Olympic Channel and EXTREME. To subscribe to ice climbing-related news please click here.
AT THE SERVICE OF UIAA MEMBERSDuring the 2017 UIAA General Assembly, a new era was heralded for the UIAA Court. Pierre Humblet, already a Court member, succeeded Bettina Geisseler as Court President and was joined by three new elected delegates in Denis Poncelin, Franz Stämpfli and Marco del Zotto. The UIAA Court representatives all have a strong professional background in various aspects of law and of the mountaineering world.Full story here
DONATION TO SWISS CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATIONOn 20 January, representatives of the UIAA were honoured to organise a special ceremony ahead of the Lead Finals at the 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. During the ceremony, the Swiss Cancer Research Foundation were presented with a donation of £25,000 by Climbers Against Cancer (CAC). CAC was created by the late John Ellison. Full story here
PERSPECTIVE OF A MOUNTAIN RESCURERJason Williams’ skills and experience cover a wide range of mountain rescue sectors. He is a nationally-registered paramedic and obtained his Mountain Emergency Medicine and Rescue Diploma under the shadow of the Matterhorn in the Alpine Rescue Centre, Zermatt. Today, he is Director of the International Mountain Medicine Center at the University of New Mexico where he oversees all Austere, Wilderness, and Mountain Medicine programmes. He has rock climbed all over the world but admits nothing beats ‘being perched on a granite cliff face in my hometown’s local Sandia mountains with my life-long climbing partner/wife.’ Here is Jason’s story. Full story here.
2017 UIAA CLIMBING FILM OF THE YEARThe UIAA has awarded a Best Climbing Film prize at the Trento Film Festival for the past three years. The most recent winner – a 12-minute documentary featured the 2016 expedition to the Himalayas of Nepal led by David Lama together with Austrian alpinists Hansjörg Auer and Alex Blümel. The film charts the team in their feelings of fatigue, anxiety, exposure and ordeal during their five weeks attempting one of the world’s greatest, unsolved puzzles of alpinism: The unclimbed south-east ridge of Annapurna III (at 7,555m, the 42nd highest mountain in the world). The film is available to view by clicking above.
EXPLORING THE 3,000M PYRENEES PEAKSThroughout its near 86 years of history, the UIAA has led a number of pioneering achievements in the world of climbing and mountaineering. From the creation of its Safety Label and Safety Standards in the 1960s through several groundbreaking ethical declarations over the course of the following decades, its international standards for rock climbing grades and role at the forefront of mountain protection, the UIAA has always worked with the interest of mountaineers and the mountain environment at its core. In celebrating the heritage of the UIAA, this Series takes us through the UIAA archives to share some of the stories from the federation’s history. This first abridged article is dedicated to the publication of the Official List of UIAA 3,000m peaks of the Pyrenees in December 1995. It was first published in UIAA Bulletin 152. Full story here.

Mountain safety and sustainability were among the topics covered at recent ISPO Trade Shows in Beijing and Munich. A full report will be available in the coming days. UIAA Safety Commission President Amit Chowdhury also addressed the subject of the UIAA Safety Label at a recent conference in New Delhi. At the close of 2017, the winners of the 12th edition of Asia’s Piolets d’Or were announced.

As revealed in a dedicated International Mountain Day communication, the UIAA and IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations) formalised their willingness to collaborate by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to exhibit their commitment to collaborating on environmental matters, such as the development and review of environmental and sustainability guidelines and events to address waste and pollution management in mountaineering. To mark International Mountain Day, the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) opened up free access to its 110-year archive of the Canadian Alpine Journal.

The UIAA Youth Commission has developed the calendar of 2018 Global Youth Series events with meets in France, Italy and Iran already confirmed. Registration details can be found here.

Centro Cultural de Montaña, one of the nominated projects in the 2016 UIAA Mountain Protection Award shares a progress report from Peru. At the end of January, the world of climbing and mountaineering paid tribute to Elizabeth Hawley.

2-4 February
Hohhot, China
9-11 February
Cheongsong, South Korea
24-25 February
Oulu, Finland
23-24 March
Kathmandu, Nepal
The UIAA was founded in 1932 and has 91 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 (IOC).

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Herb Appenzeller, founder and patriarch of the Sports and Recreation Legal and Education Community has died.

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Guilford College Legend Herb Appenzeller dies at 92

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Herb Appenzeller, a true giant in our field. Herb passed away on Jan. 5th at the age of 92. He worked most of the previous day trying to complete his latest book, Legends From the Locker Room, the 29th of his prolific career. A founding member of SRLA, Herb has been a fixture at most of the 30 previous annual conferences and will be greatly missed at the upcoming conference in San Antonio. He was a great professional, wonderful mentor, and most of all, a friend to all in SRLA. He will be greatly missed but his legacy of improving safety in sport and recreation will live on.

A viewing will be held at the New Garden Friends Meeting in Greensboro, NC on Friday Jan. 12th at 5:00 p.m. with a service on Saturday Jan. 13th at 2:00 p.m. in Dana Auditorium on the Guilford College campus.

Well wishes may be sent to Ann and/or Tom Appenzeller at:

7503 Sommersby Dr.

Summerfield, NC 27358

For more info:

Sport and Recreation Law Association | 147 Village Center Blvd. , Unit. 4101, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

New Definition of Via Ferrata will say it is a guided activity. No guide + Injury means via ferrata landowner is liable

The ASTM committee is voting on adding Via Ferrata to the standards being created by the aerial adventure course committee, F2959-16. As such they are using a dictionary definition of via ferrata that states:

Guided mountain climbing and traversing route(s) equipped with progression aids (footsteps, handholds, ladders, bridges, handrails, etc.) and a wire rope/cable attached to a fixed anchor point.

Via ferrata’s are created to be an unguided activity. In fact, most in Europe and several in the US have no “owners” or guides. They are on federal land in the US and you can take your gear and go climbing on them like you hike on other federal land.

Whether it is owned/not owned or who owns it, the land owner could be liable if a party is injured on the via ferrata and no guide was present. The definition adopted by the standards committee of the ASTM says it is a guided activity, you did not provide me a guide, therefore you breached your duty to me resulting in an injury.

Do Something

If you are associated in any way with a via ferrata: owner, manager, retailer who sells gear, manufacturer who makes the gear or a guide service I urge you to join the ASTM and become involved in this or you may find yourself facing more lawsuits that expected. To find out more or join (for $75.00 a year) go to:

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Pathways – Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Conference Europe

Pathways Europe 2018 – Goslar, Germany

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

Pathways – Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Conference Europe

Conference Theme: Resurrecting the Wild!?

Goslar, Germany – September 16 – 19, 2018

Improving the understanding of human dimensions of natural resource management and conservation through the application of social and economic sciences in a sustainable use and conservation context is being perceived as a major prerequisite for a successful balance of stakeholder interests, as reflected in the United Nations’ recently adapted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in the EU Commission’s “Action Plan for nature, people and the economy.” However, crossing disciplinary boundaries and the effective engagement with the human dimensions of natural resources such as wildlife and fisheries is still uncommon, sometimes accredited to the lack of awareness about the scope and importance of social and economic sciences related to the environment. The Pathways – Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Conference aims at bringing researchers and practitioners together that value the contributions of social, economic and social-ecological science to the improvement of natural resource management and conservation. The conference’s key target audiences are scientists, governmental and non-governmental natural resource managers, stakeholder groups, especially land and water users/land owners, and other practitioners in the field. It wants to attract enthusiastic presenters and trainers allowing professionals to participate and engage with like-minded professionals across national, state, and institutional boundaries.

Conference Subjects and Submission Deadlines

We are proposing four major content categories for thematic orientation:

  • Social-ecological systems as a framework for conservation management
  • Management of Human-Wildlife Conflicts: Large Carnivores in Europe (and beyond)
  • Management of Human-Wildlife Conflicts: “Other” Species in Europe (and beyond)
  • Natural Resource and Conservation Stakeholders: Managing Expectations and Engagement

For a detailed description of these subjects, the presentation formats and the submission instructions please visit the conference web site at and for further information.

Submission deadlines:

  • Individual abstracts for oral or poster presentations: February 28, 2018
  • All other formats: February 15, 2018

You may contact the organizers at pathways2018 in case of further questions.

Co-Hosted by Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation and Colorado State University

Partners World Wildlife Fund and Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)


Information on National Park Entrance Fees increase to $70 Comment period closes November 23, 2018

$70 to visit Grand Canyon?  There is a 30 days comment period underway right now where the public (and that means you) can weigh in on a significant entrance fee proposal that would affect a number of national parks including Grand Canyon. See this link for details and to access the website for submitting comments.…/1…/10-24-2017-fee-changes-proposal.htm

Will lower income and under-served populations be priced out? Shouldn’t national parks be affordable and accessible to everyone?  But how do we pay for the massive maintenance backlog that exists in our national parks?  Our parks belong to ALL Americans, not just those who visit them, and our administration should be boosting park budgets, not cutting them. Congress should also support the bipartisan legislation introduced specifically to address the NPS maintenance backlog — the National Parks Legacy Act (HR 2584 and SB 751) which is currently pending.

Also, please read these related blogs from our good friends at the National Parks Conservation Association:

“We should not increase fees to such a degree as to make these places — protected for all Americans to experience — unaffordable for some families to visit,” NPCA president and CEO Theresa Pierno said in a statement. “The solution to our parks’ repair needs cannot and should not be largely shouldered by its visitors.”


Mount Everest Biogas Project wins UIAA Mountain Protection Award


UIAA News Release.
22, October 2017



Mount Everest Biogas Project was announced as the overall winner of the 2017 UIAA Mountain Protection Award during the UIAA General Assembly in Shiraz on Saturday 21 October.

The United States-based project is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that has designed an environmentally sustainable solution to the impact of human waste on Mt. Everest and other high altitude locations. The Mount Everest Biogas Project (MEBP) is the fifth winner of the annual Award joining projects from Ethiopia, Tajikistan, Nepal and France.


“The Mount Everest Biogas Project is a deserving winner of the Award,” explained UIAA Mountain Protection Commission President Dr Carolina Adler. “Waste in the mountains is a real problem that calls for implementation of solutions to address and test it under often very challenging environmental and social conditions.”

Stephen Goodwin, member of the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission, a vice-president of the Alpine Club (UK), and one of the Award assessors, added: “The Mount Everest Biogas Project project perfectly meets the aims of our Commission in that it is clearing up the waste of mountaineers and trekkers in an iconic location. There are multiple benefits for the “downstream” Sherpa population (notably less polluted water) and providing the project proves a success this technology can be applied to other high altitude mountain locations where climbers and/or trekkers have created a waste disposal problem.”

For the Award winners themselves, this is recognition for seven years of intense work and development towards helping resolve the major issue of ‘what to do with human waste in an extreme environment’. Garry Porter, one of the project’s co-founders, explains the potential benefits of winning the Award: “The Mountain Protection Award is a huge morale boost to our volunteer team members because it acknowledges their efforts in addressing a solution to the issue of human waste in mountains. The prestige of an endorsement by the UIAA will provide a major boost to our fundraising effort.”

Video: Garry Porter, Mount Everest Biogas Project on winning the Award


Mt. Everest boasts a massive climbing industry, with hundreds of climbers making the trip up the Khumbu Valley each year. This tourism, which has led to significant financial gain for the Nepalese, has also left a trail of human waste that has given way to environmental and public health concerns.

MEBP proposes to use an anaerobic biogas digester to treat the human waste, and outlines the project management solution to do so. The biogas digester will eliminate dumping of solid human waste at Gorak Shep and destroy pathogenic fecal coliforms that threaten the health of the local communities – lessening the impact of the tourism industry on a mountain that is sacred to the Nepalese. Initiated in 2010 in affiliation with Engineers without Borders and Architects without Borders, the MEBP system technology has been designed and tested and the team has brought the project to construction-ready. Groundbreaking is planned for spring 2018 and an operational date slated for winter 2019.


“We have strong support from the Nepalese organizations along with the Gorak Shep tea house owners,” adds Porter in relation to the project’s next steps. “Our engineering and architectural design is sound: and we have high confidence in it. It is now time to put theory to test.”

Each year, thousands of climbers and support staff populate Everest Base Camp for several months during the climbing seasons, producing approximately 12,000 kg of solid human waste. In 1991, the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (“SPCC”), was created with the responsibility for protecting the environment of Mt. Everest. Since then, SPCC has developed waste management strategies for the removal and disposal of human trash. However, there has been no viable solution of how to deal with human waste. The current practice is to pack it down to the nearest teahouse village of Gorak Shep from base camp in barrels and dump the waste into open pits, just above the flow of the Khumbu Glacier that feeds the lower valley. The untreated waste in these unlined pits poses a danger both to the environment and to the public health of the Sherpa people who live in the region.

The Mt. Everest Biogas Project will address this environmental and health hazard in a sustainable manner and serve as a model for other regions that must deal with similar waste problems at high-altitude, regardless if it is caused by climbers or local communities. When implemented, MEBP will: eliminate the dumping of solid human waste at the teahouse village of Gorak Shep; reduce reliance on burning wood or yak dung for heating and the resultant respiratory and ocular health risks; reduce deforestation of the areas limited wood resources; and reduce risk of water contamination by fecal coliform. The system will convert waste into methane, a renewable natural gas, and a reduced pathogen effluent.

With funds raised through the MEBP, this project will build the first operating biogas digester in a cold climate. Once the biogas digester is established and running in the Khumbu valley, the design will be made available to the public so that other similar mountain climates in need of a sustainable waste management system can use this design in their own replications.

“The fact that this is an all volunteer design team compounded the challenge,” explains Porter. “Everyone on the team believes that they can make a difference, but they all have a “real life”: a demanding job, family and friends and a life outside of work. My previous experience in program management did not prepare me for the necessity of nudging, coaxing and sometimes pleading to keep the project moving forward. And yet, some of these same volunteers have spent seven years on the project. We could not have done it without their time and talent.”

This human element of teamwork and commitment has been crucial to the project’s success and Porter’s advice for aspiring projects is to: “Find the best people who truly believe in what you are doing and never ever give up. Provide the vision of what you want to achieve and let the team members use their talents to achieve it. There will be many obstacles along the way, but the people you meet will all share the same vision. The mountains with which our planet has been blessed must be protected and preserved.”

Further details on the MEBP can be found both on the dedicated nominee page and on the official project website.

The UIAA thanks the MP Award and Assessment Team for their commitment and expertise throughout the course of the 2017 Award.

Application for the 2018 UIAA Mountain Protection Award opens in March 2018.

* All images and video courtesy Mount Everest Biogas Project


Argentina: Mujer Montaña
Mountains for Life; Cordillera Blanca, Our Ecological Footprint

Argentina: Project Aconcagua
Implementation of human waste disposal measures at base and high altitude camps

Austria: Alpine Pearls
Supporting environmentally friendly travel

Azerbaijan: FAIREX
Less In, More Out

Cambodia: Wildlife Alliance
Community-based ecotourism in the Cardamon Mountain Range, Cambodia

Colombia: Fundación Edenes de Colombia
Acceso a paraísos de Colombia (Access to Colombia’s paradises)

Colombia: Project Cordillera
Connecting adventure tourism with high mountain communities and local efforts to protect the environment

Croatia: Zagreb Speleological Union
Clean underground

International: Biosphere Expeditions
Mountain protection worldwide through citizen science and volunteering

Iran: I.R Iran Mountaineering & Sport Climbing Federation
Waste Management, Education Mountaineers and Cultural Affairs in Damavand

Ireland: Help the Hills
Tallaght: ‘Gateway to the Dublin Mountains’

Italy: Fondation Grand Paradis
I.T.E.R – Imaginer Un Transport Efficace et Responsable

Italy: Giroparchi
Discovery journey of the areas of the Gran Paradiso and Mont Avic parks

Italy: Paraloup
La Montagna che Rinasce (The Reborn mountain)

Italy: Rê.V.E. – Grand Paradis
A network of electric vehicles

Italy/Philippines: La Venta Esplorazioni Geografiche
Support for sustainable eco-tourism in Puerto Princesa underground river (Palawan, Philippines)

Latin America: Acceso PanAM
Managing human waste in advance base camps in Patagonia

Lebanon: Mount Zayan
Environmental education and accessible trails for eco-tourists

United Kingdom: Community Action Nepal
Post-earthquake recover programme in Nepalese mountain communities

United States: Clean Climbing on Denali
The removal of all waste

United States: Mount Everest Biogas Project
Environmentally sustainable solution to the impact of human waste on Mount Everest and beyond

United States: Wilderness Rock Climbing Indicators and Climbing Management Implications
Health of the climbing system as a part of wilderness character in National Park Wilderness

Further details: Mountain Protection Award
Contact: mountainprotection



2013 – Menz-Guassa Community Conservation Area, Ethiopia
2014 – Pamir Horse Adventure, Tajikistan
2015 – KTK-BELT Studio, Nepal
2016 – Mountain Wilderness, France
2017 – Mount Everest Biogas Project, United States

The UIAA was founded in 1932 and has 91 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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