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UIAA Youth Meets 2011

The MCSA, under the auspices of the UIAA Youth Commission, will host a Global Youth Summit (GYS) event, Trekking in South Africa's 'Dragon Mountains'

Dates:   9 - 16 July 2011

Trek: From Sentinel to Cathedral Peak

Cost:     R2 175 per person  (ex Johannesburg) 

Minimum no of participants:   15

Applications from participants aged 16 - 25 (the minimum age has been dropped as different Federations have different definitions for ‘Youth’) will be considered. Participants need to be members of Federations affiliated to the UIAA. The number of 16-year-old participants will be limited to a maximum of 6 in total. Participants under the age of 18 yearsto be accompanied by a Youth leader. (The ratio should be 1 Youth Leader to accompany no more than three 16-year-old participants. Youth Leaders over the age of 25, accompanying participants, will be considered).

For full details -- and an application form -- see the PDF file labeled "UIAA GYS-MCSA" and the Word file labeled "UIAA GYS-MCSA Trekking application form.doc" attached to the bottom of this page.

Further information: from Jenny Paterson :

- 7 - 12 July 2011 

 Gite Les Oustalous, Les Cabannes ( ), Ariège, South of France (120km from Toulouse).

Participants: Young people from 16 to 22 years old. Participants should lead climb at a minimum of 5b French grade. We will be offering places to maximum of 4 participants per country Federation. 

Participants younger than 18 year old must be accompanied by an adult Climber/coach, who is able to look after them during this meet.

Equipment: climbing harness, climbing shoes, chalk bag, climbing helmet, belay device and 10 quick draws (UIAA standard/CEN). Sun glasses & cream, waterproof, sleeping bag, head torch, climbing clothing and wash kit, water bottle, any personal medication. 

Insurance: Participants should get themselves insurance for accident, rescue, third party liability and travel which is valid for participating in the programme of climbing and trekking. This cover note of insurance should be presented to the organisers on arrival.

Entry visas: If your representatives need to obtain entry visa , please confirm their names and passport numbers to the contact emails as soon as possible as Visa processing is a very lengthy process.

Price: 12 EUR per participant / per night, payable on arrival to the organiser. Accommodation, full board, leading and organisational costs included.

Registration deadline: 20 of June 2011. 

Meeting point: Toulouse, on Thursday morning, 7th of July 2011

NB:  Does not include international airfare or local travel to Toulouse.

FURTHER INFORMATION:   from Jenny Paterson:

ITALY - July 2011: The Club Alpino Italiano will be hosting a trekking meet for 14-17-years-old around the Monviso and the Valdesi valleys in Italy from July 17-23 or 24-31. Monviso is the historical Italian mountain, located in Piemonte, where the first idea of setting up the Italian Alpine Club was conceived by Quintino Sella, together with some friends, during its ascent.

CAUCASUS - July 2011: The Ukrainian Mountaineering Federation offers a Global Youth Summit to Mt Elbrus from 5-16 July 2011.  Participants have to be 18 – 30 years-old. The meeting point will be the International Airport of Mineralny Vody in Russia and the ascent route will be from the southern side of Mt. Elbrus from Baksan River valley.

Requirements:  "It is possible for any healthy person to make an ascent to Mt. Elbrus. However it is necessary to have experience of mountain travel and lodging in tents.  It is desirable to have also experience of hiking using crampons. This ascent to the altitude of 5642m requires a long walk in crampons, possibly with low temperatures, strong wind and cloudy conditions." Participants must have an appropriate insurance valid for the period of the expedition. The costs will be 330 Euro.

Contact Jenny Paterson ( for more information on these two meets and to apply via the MCSA before 15 March 2011.

Michael van Breda,
Mar 18, 2011, 11:09 AM
Michael van Breda,
May 10, 2011, 1:12 PM