Strong links with the UIAA
and mountain federations

Increasing technical knowledge to reduce the safety gap for mountain leaders, including professionals who need our help the most, is a vocation of the Petzl Foundation. This is mainly achieved through training. Since 2006, the Petzl Foundation has worked closely with the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA), which includes national federations, to promote good safety practice worldwide.


International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA)

  • Project partner: International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA)
  • Country : International
  • Project type : Accident prevention
  • Budget: €58,000 since 2007

Training in India and Jordan with the UIAA

The International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA) assists the federations around the world with their training efforts. In 2014, India and Jordan have welcomed the UIAA instructors to reach the level of international training standards.

In August 2014, the Indian Alpine Club organized the "Climbathon", a mountaineering training camp on the Bara Shigri glacier, located in Himachal Pradesh in the north of India. For three weeks, nearly fifty students trained by sixteen instructors were able to improve their understanding of climbing ice, rock and mixed terrain. Besides technical progression, students were also trained in navigation, risk management and rescue. Some have also climbed peaks over 6,000 meters during this time.


A few months later, UIAA's instructors were invited to Jordan, in the mountains of Wadi Rum and Wadi Mudjib. The tourism office wanted to organize training in trekking, climbing and canyoning for Jordanian trek leaders. Eric Lescarcelle, a Petzl employee taught the students canyoning techniques. The Petzl Foundation sent him as a volunteer, for a skills sponsorship program.

Technical rope training in Jordan canyons.

Students benefited from the expertise of the British trainer Ian Wall, sent by the UIAA. For the Indian Alpine Club, this is the first step towards the attainment of international training standards which are developed by the UIAA. During one week, seven Jordanian students acquired rope progression techniques, moving in white-water and were trained in group supervision. They invited their students to explore new routes to perfect their technique and discover new sites.

This project has helped to fund training assignments which have benefitted mountain federations wishing to reach the UIAA standards level. For more info, go to the article: "Nepal, Mountain careers training center".

Also, the Petzl Foundation has contributed to financing the publication of the UIAA handbook Alpine skills: Summer, to be used by national federation members. For more info, go to: "A Handbook for mountain club leaders".

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Updated in May 2015



Thanks to the technical and financial support of the Petzl Foundation, the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA) has published a new "mountain skills handbook" (...)

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