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UIAA Respect the Mountains, 2016 Programme

The UIAA is delighted to announce the provisional calendar for the 2016 UIAA Respect the Mountains Series.

The UIAA Respect the Mountains project, supported by KEEN, comprises a series of events organized across Europe aimed at promoting a sustainable mountain environment for future generations. These events encourage local sport enthusiasts, mountain visitors, tourists and outdoor sport companies to actively participate. Each event is wrapped in a fun one-day experience consisting of a morning clean-up action, followed by lunch and outdoor sport activities.

The UIAA incorporated the long running and successful Respect the Mountains project into its sphere of sustainability activities during the autumn of 2015. The projects goals through its 7-ways programme are aimed at:

– Raising awareness for sustainable environmental practices and spread the word within the outdoor community;
- Preserving mountain ecosystems and cultures in their natural state for future generations;
– Promoting sustainable mountain tourism and activities; and
– Educating the next generation of mountain explorers and encourage them to be sustainable followers.

2016 Provisional Events Calendar

The following events have already been provisionally planned for 2016.

26 June, United Kingdom
North Wales, Snowdonia National Park

2-3 July, Italy
Civitella Alfedena, National Parc Abruzzo-Lazio-Molise

10 July, Germany
Freiburg, Schwarzwald

20 July, Austria
Tirol, Mayrhofen-Hippach

11 August, France
Samoëns

19-20 August, Russia
Mount Kazbek

22-26 August, France
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Further details about each event will be communicated in due course. To help organize an event please contact mountainprotection@theuiaa.org

Among the supporters of the UIAA Respect the Mountains campaign is Dutch climber Peter Boogaard, who in April begins his quest to climb Mount Everest, the last of his Seven Summits. Peter is active in teaching young climbers about sustainable practices and will use his expedition to promote the campaign. Further details of Peter’s mission are available here.

For your company, body or organization to become a partner – or get involved in the UIAA Respect the Mountains project – please contact the UIAA at mountainprotection@theuiaa.org

For more information please visit: http://www.theuiaa.org/uiaarespectthemountains.html

Cover image: Photo credit: Steve took it via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

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The UIAA integrates Respect the Mountains

The UIAA is delighted to announce the extension of its activities in mountain preservation through the recent addition of the Respect the Mountains campaign.

Over the past decade, Respect the Mountains has acted as a guardian of the mountain world raising awareness through the practice of seven cardinal rules: book smart; travel wise; support sustainable practices; be a respectful and responsible mountain tourist; ‘leave no trace’; reduce, reuse, recycle & upcycle (RRRU) and spread the word.

Respect the Mountains has worked tirelessly to promote sustainable mountain tourism both by encouraging supporters to raise donations and through organizing a global network of volunteers. On a practical level they have spearheaded the Envirotrek CleanUp series dedicated to collecting litter from mountain and nature areas across Europe.

The UIAA is proud to inherit this significant challenge aimed at ensuring greater sustainability in the mountain tourism industry. Respecting the needs and wishes of mountain communities will continue to be a core component of the project in parallel with research, innovation and educating young people about preservation to ensure mountains continue to captivate future generations. As part of its strategy for the future the UIAA will organize educational projects during the ski season and clean-up events in the summer months.

“Adding Respect the Mountains to our range of activities is a significant step,” explained UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt, “the project will be aligned to our long-established commitment to mountain protection. We actively encourage our member federations to organize Respect the Mountains initiatives in their respective territories.”

The UIAA will be supported in this venture by outdoor footwear brand KEEN, specialists in sandals and hiking shoes, and long-term supporter of the project. Since its creation in 2003, KEEN has been an active supporter of good causes working with non-profit organizations around the world building stronger communities and a healthier planet and actively working to inspire responsible outdoor participation and land and water conservation.

“KEEN is excited about the new direction of Respect the Mountains and we hope that with the help of the UIAA we can help raise the voice of Respect the Mountains to make sure that more people keep our playgrounds clean and learn about how the 7 ways to reduce our impact, whilst building a sustainable future,” explained Perry Laukens, KEEN Marketing Director.

For more information and media enquiries please contact:

mountainprotection@theuiaa.org

About the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering  Federation

The UIAA was founded in 1932 and has a global presence on five continents with 80 member associations in 50 countries representing 3 million people. 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 UIAA is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for climbing and mountaineering.

www.theuiaa.org@UIAAmountains and facebook.com/theuiaa

About KEEN

Inspired by a love of the outdoors, KEEN Inc. manufacturer of hybrid outdoor and casual products, including footwear, bags and socks, is dedicated to creating quality products that support the life-styles and outdoor adventures of active people around the world. KEEN products can be found online and through more than 5,000 retail locations in more than 60 countries, as well as in KEEN Garage retail stores in Portland, Palo Alto, Tokyo, Prague and Toronto, where fans can enjoy the branded experience. The company operations and culture reflect a stand-out commitment to building a strong community and a healthier planet so that all can create, play, care.

www.keenfootwear.comtwitter.com/keeneurope and facebook.com/keeneurope

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Respect the Mountains Acquired by International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA)

It was a huge disappointment to come to terms with the fact that Respect the Mountains was no longer sustainable in its current form in June 2015. The collective efforts of the Respect the Mountains community over the previous 10 years has provided so much value to the mountains and we as an organisation remained true to our vision and missing to create a more sustainable mountain tourism industry.

This is why the leadership of Respect the Mountains has decided to embark on a new adventure and chapter in her life and continues operations under the UIAA – The International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation.

The UIAA proposed to take the Respect the Mountains vision and mission further with the same ethos and motivation to make a positive impact on the mountain tourism industry, so we are delighted to announce that as of September 22nd, the UIAA takes over Respect the Mountains.

This is an exciting time for the organization, and existing partners are enthusiastic and committed to take the organisation, values and reputation to the global stage. The headquarters of the organisation moves now to Bern in the heart of the European Alps, which is crucial in order to notice and listen to mountain communities and their needs and to be able to better serve mountains communities in their pursuit to become more sustainable so that future generations can love and enjoy the mountains as we do and have done.

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Press release: Respect the Mountains comes to an end in current form on 1st September, 2015

Respect the Mountains is an organisation that creates awareness about mountain areas and has been in active operation since 2004. We are proud of all that we have collectively achieved. The successes can not be claimed by one partner, one sponsor, one event: it has been a truly collective community effort and for this we and the mountains are grateful. We have acted in the best interest of the mountains true to our mission, and we still strongly believe in this work. However we regret to inform you that as of September 1, 2015 Respect the Mountains in its current state will stop active operations.

At the end of 2014, when resources were already beyond stretched, the organisation invested hundred of volunteer hours into the application of a three year European Union subsidy. To remain in operation during these past months has been hugely challenging and on hearing that the organisation was unsuccessful in winning this grant, the Board of Directors decided that as of September 1st, active operations are no longer sustainable and the only way fulfill our commitment and integrity to our partners, freelancers, volunteers and community, is to cease operations in our current form.

Our Envirotrek Series 2015 will continue as planned and we are determined to make it our best season ever! We hope you will join us at this year’s Envirotrek series to celebrate all we have achieved in the past ten years with us: More information on Envirotrek events this summer: http://www.respectthemountains.com/envirotrek/ . All donations and proceeds from the webshop this summer will benefit our Envirotrek Series.

We welcome other organisations that feel that ‘Respect the Mountains’ would fit under their activities, to talk to us about continuing Respect the Mountains in a different shape or form. Please contact us if you have any questions.

 

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450 kgs of litter found during Envirotrek North Wales.

On Sunday the 24th of May, the first event of the Envirotrek Series 2015 took place.

Sixty-eight people gathered fifty bags full of litter and other trash from the

surroundings of Llanberis. It was the second time an Envirotrek in North Wales was

organised by Respect the Mountains. With the help of KEEN Footwear, Envirotrek

gives people the opportunity to give back to nature, whilst enjoying it.

In the morning participants gathered at The Heights in Llanberis. Seven different

groups went out in search of rubbish and 450 kg of rubbish was collected. All sort of

things were found; A lot of cans and plastic bottles were found. Even a car park

parking meter, car lights, half a corrugated roof, a car tire and a complete tent filled

with rubbish were found!

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After the morning Clean Up, the participants enjoyed a BBQ for lunch. The most

enthusiastic garbage collector won a pair of hiking shoes from KEEN Footwear. The

finders of the most original pieces of rubbish were also rewarded prices. In the

afternoon participants could go kayaking or paddleboarding on the local lake, climb

on the cool rocks or conquer the high or low ropes. They could even take part in an

ecologist workshop and help with a scientific survey. All activities provided fun

opportunities to enjoy the beautiful nature of North Wales even more!

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Envirotrek was organised with the help of main sponsor KEEN Footwear, Barefoot

Wines and Bergans of Norway. Local partners were: Padarn Adventures, Chartered

Institute of Waste Management, Cyngor Gwynedd Council, Wise Network, RAW

Adventures, Heart of Adventure ‘Calon Antur’, Outdoor Wales and The Heights.

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In Memoriam: Philip de Roo

Back in 2008, when I was still cycling through Africa and had hopes of one day reaching the North Pole, I contacted a young polar adventurer from the Netherlands, Philip de Roo, for some advice. After I got back, I met him on a rainy afternoon in Amsterdam, and since I had not done much research on him, I was expecting a very rugged man with a big beard.

 

To my surprise, I was greeted by this fresh faced, young guy, tall and thin, very smartly dressed in a shirt and jacket. Was this the rugged polar adventurer? As it turned out, he was, and we had a nice chat about poles, the outdoors, and sustainability, which was already one of his passions then. We kept in touch after that first meeting.

 

Two years later I was working for Respect the Mountains and was looking for role models that would be interested in becoming Ambasadors for Respect the Mountains. I knew Philip was not just a polar guy, but was also passionate about mountains -guiding on Mont Blanc and other peaks in the Alps-, and very importantly, passionate about sustainability. I asked him to be an Ambassador, hoping that he would say yes, and his face broke into a big smile: ‘I’d like that very much!’, he said.

 

He was a busy man with his travels to the mountains and polar regions, speaking, and planning new projects, but always willing to help as an Ambassador, and as a friend. He was present at different Envirotrek events in Schoorl, where he would happily guide a group of participants to new Clean Up locations and cheered them on whilst groveling in the dirt himself, looking for litter. He never said ‘no’ if I needed him for anything environmentally or mountain related, simply made time to help the organisation when needed.

 

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Just two months ago, we started preparing a new Supporter Campaign, where we would use some of our Ambassadors to be the face of one of our ‘7 Ways to Respect the Mountains’, in the hope people would relate to them, speaking out to help, make a difference. Philip was one of the first to agree. He was neck deep in his preparations for another explore and research expedition to the Canadian Arctic, but found the time to send us photos, and answer a bunch of questions. He planned to film himself on the ice as part of this campaign, again, to help.

 

Below his answer to the question ‘Why should everyone join the Respect the Mountains’ Envirotrek Series?’

Because this is your chance to actually contribute. Ties off, gloves on, and get outside, in nature. I have never heard one single person complain that they weren’t having a good time in the outdoors. It gives such satisfaction when you come home at the end of the day with garbage bags full of rubbish and you cleaned a piece of nature from litter. You’ve also been active outside, and have seen how beautiful the area is where you have just contributed to. Plus you had fun with others! You’ll be surprised what you find. Respect the Mountains give you that opportunity, so take it!

 

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And his response to ‘How would you convince the mountain tourist to join you and support Respect the Mountains?’

I support Respect the Mountains so I can contribute. Yes, please live your life, and enjoy it! But please also think about what you can do to contribute and think about what your leave behind. Lots of little raindrops make an ocean together. All small bits help to contribute to the whole. If we want to have fun ion the mountains, then we should give other the pleasure by showing your passion, and showing your responsibility. With Respect the mountains, you can do it in little steps, and you don’t need to reinvent the wheel.

 

I was supposed to meet him a week before he left, but as it turned out, he had to be packed that day and we rescheduled our appointment till May, when he would be back.

 

And then the news came that he is not coming back. On April 30, 2015, the search and rescue mission for Philip de Roo and Marc Cornelissen, both experienced polar explorers, was called off.

 

What Philip wanted to do was to contribute. What he wanted to do was help. He wanted to make the world a better place. And he did contribute, he did help, he did make the world a better place. A kind soul with a big heart, Philip inspired us to live with passion, and make a difference. We will miss him.

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10 Year Anniversary Party

A first glimpse at some photos of last night’s 10 Year Anniversary party. Such a nice evening with good food, nice music, and great people! Many thanks to all guests and those involved!

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10 years Respect the Mountains

Respect the Mountains exists 10 years!

Press Release

Non-profit organisation Respect the Mountains celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary!

For the last ten years, we have created awareness about mountain areas. The main goals are to promote sustainable mountain tourism and to draw attention to these unique areas. Read More

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Envirotrek – summer 2015!

For the seventh year running, Respect The Mountains will produce an Envirotrek Clean Up Series in 2015, in co-operation with KEEN Footwear.

Unfortunately, our planned Winter Envirotrek had to be cancelled, but we will bring you eight summer events this year. You can already sign up for some of these, such as our North wales event on the 24th of May, Landgraaf (NL) on the 20th of June, Eifel (Germany) on the 21st of June, and Schoorl (NLK) on the 28th of June! More ates and locations will be posted soon.

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Respect the Mountains Internship available

Respect the Mountains is looking for a flexible, enthusiastic and positive intern (m/f). This is an intense, fulltime internship that requires you to work from home and on different locations around Europe from May 2015 till August 2015.

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Where we are this winter

We’re at different events and Trade Fairs this winter and it would be great to see you there! You can find us at:

5-8 February 2015

ISPO in Munich

1 March 2015

The Dutch Mountain Film Festival

15 March 2015

NKBV Bergsportdag

See you there!

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In the Media

The Respect the Mountains 7 Ways were recently featured in the magazine from Track&Trails (page 66/67). Click here to read the article on issuu.com.

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