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30 Apr 2009

With the great weather we've had lately, hard problems have been falling left and right around Stockholm, Sweden. This is just a... Read more

30 Apr 2009

thumb Bernhard Schwaiger has wrapped up one of his old projects in the Austrian Saalachtal. The full story of the birth of Dust devil,... Read more

30 Apr 2009

Joe Kinder has finally managed to complete the 'Unforgivable'/'Slaughterhouse 5' - link-up to produce The Re-Up, probably... Read more

30 Apr 2009

thumb Japanese rock climbing legend Yuji Hirayama has recently made the first ascent of The Fifth Element at Chichibu in Japan with a... Read more

30 Apr 2009

thumb John David Evans, an experienced mountain rescue team member has died in a fall whilst rock climbing in Snowdonia, North... Read more

29 Apr 2009

thumb If you aren't among the 1850 who have registered already, it's about time you did. This year's Melloblocco in Val Masino takes... Read more

29 Apr 2009

thumb That semi underground beast, Phillip Schaal has done the 2nd ascent of Ty Landman's The Chelsea smile, 8B/+, at Lincoln Woods,... Read more

29 Apr 2009

thumb Dai Koyamada has put up yet another 8C boulder. Karumu links a 145 degree (a roof really) traverse into easier terrain and a... Read more

28 Apr 2009

Joe Kinder is currently working hard at The Cathedral in Southern Utah, to complete "The connection", which starts on... Read more

28 Apr 2009

The magician, Maurizio Zanolla, or "Manolo", has done the 3rd ascent, after Nicolas Favresse and Riccardo "Sky" Scarian, of Thin... Read more

28 Apr 2009

Tomoko Ogawa has done the First Female Ascent of Yuji Hirayama's Mutante, 8A+, at Konoto, Japan. According to her 8a scorecard,... Read more

26 Apr 2009

Magnus Midtbö seems to have prepared well for the coming WC. This past Friday he succeeded on his 2nd flash of a route given 8c.... Read more

26 Apr 2009

thumb Note: You can view a full gallery of images from this event here: UKC Gallery It was the reporting equivalent of... Read more

25 Apr 2009

Back in 2000 Tokio Muroi did the FA of ???(Bansousha) at Ogawayama, Japan., and gave it 5. dan, which translates to 8C. It's a 6m... Read more

24 Apr 2009

thumb Tyler Landman has, after thouroughly crushing Fontainebleau, moved on to... elsewhere, as in Rhode Island, US. The Lincoln woods... Read more

24 Apr 2009

thumb 90% of the text is now with the editors for the next edition of the Scottish Mountaineering Club Skye guidebook. There have been... Read more

24 Apr 2009

thumb Dan Varian has recently climbed the highball boulder problem Arc Royal (see UKC News). At first glance this may not seem a... Read more

23 Apr 2009

Even though nothing should surprise us anymore when it comes to Adam Ondra, he's done it again! Two days ago at Covolo, he... Read more

23 Apr 2009

The undisputed grand master of traverses, Jean-Pierre Bouvier, has put up yet another test-piece at J.A. Martin, Fontainebleau.... Read more

23 Apr 2009

thumb Reported by Bjorn Pohl: Even though nothing should surprise us anymore when it comes to Adam Ondra, he does it again! Two... Read more

23 Apr 2009

thumb After his ascent of Ray's Roof (UKC News), crack addict Tom Randall had been on the look out for some horizontal pleasure.... Read more

22 Apr 2009

After a brief pit-stop back home, Adam Ondra returned to Italy. At Erto, he made short work, as in two tries, of Luca Zardini's... Read more

22 Apr 2009

thumb The North Face athletes James Pearson and Gaz Parry, with some friends, are on a European road trip. 40 days of climbing,... Read more

22 Apr 2009

thumb Going to the Alps? Ian Parnell gives us a quick run-down of recent conditions: "I've just returned from a quick hit to the... Read more

21 Apr 2009

thumb A couple of weeks ago, Lucy Creamer succeeded on Kalea Borroka, 8b+, at Siurana, Spain, the hardest sport route climbed by a... Read more

21 Apr 2009

thumb 16 year old, Johanna Ernst has onsighted the route Santa Linya, 8b, in the Santa Linya cave, Cataluña, Spain as well as a couple... Read more

21 Apr 2009

thumb The 2009 Italian bouldering festival Melloblocco is almost upon us. Based in the beautiful Val Di Mello, the 3 day... Read more

21 Apr 2009

thumb Lucy Creamer has succeeded on her hardest sport route to date and the hardest sport route climbed by a British... Read more

20 Apr 2009

Pete Robins has done the 2nd ascent of Neil Dyer's Silk cut in the Parisellas cave, North Wales. Silk cut, which weighs in around... Read more

20 Apr 2009

thumb Dave MacLeod and Andy Kirkpatrick are in Stockholm to give a lecture on Tuesday night. I'm meeting Dave, and possibly Andy, for a... Read more

20 Apr 2009

thumb The BMC's AGM is next weekend, 24 to 26 April, and takes place at Plas y Brenin. Full details here. The current President of... Read more

18 Apr 2009

Young Frenchman, Geoffray De Flaugergues, 14, is currently in Slovenia, where he's repeated the 8c Strelovod at Misja pec. What's... Read more

18 Apr 2009

thumb Pete Robins has made the second ascent of Silk Cut (Font 8B/+) in Parisella's Cave, North Wales. The problem is one of... Read more

17 Apr 2009

thumb Greg Chapman's Lakesbloc reports Jordan Buys has made the much coveted first ascent of the "mighty groove project" at the Lad... Read more

17 Apr 2009

According to Bishop bouldering, Canadian, Cory French has repeated Dave Graham's old test-piece The Spectre, 8B/+, at Bishop.... Read more

17 Apr 2009

thumb With the BMC presidential race still running (UKC News), and a new UKC Article from Alison Stockwell predicting what could happen... Read more

16 Apr 2009

thumb Daila Ojeda has done Lightning, 8b+, at Yangshuo, China. I think that's the 5th of the grade for her. Meanwhile, Chris Sharma is... Read more

16 Apr 2009

On UKClimbing, climbing gear designer Streaky Desroy gives a demonstration of the potential dangers of open slings and rubber... Read more

16 Apr 2009

thumb Height of Land Publications, the independent publisher of Alpinist, Backcountry and Telemark Skier Magazines, ... Read more

16 Apr 2009

thumb The BMC Leading Ladder Final took place at the Foundry on Saturday 4th April and was a great ending to the BMC competition.... Read more

16 Apr 2009

thumb Walter Bonatti, perhaps the premier alpinist of the 1950s and early 1960s, will be honoured with the first Piolet d'Or... Read more

16 Apr 2009

thumb Thanks to the Forestry Commission and funding from the North West Development agency, there are now two large Rockworks... Read more

15 Apr 2009

Who knows what 9a+ or 9b is? Really?! If someone claims to know, on what does he base his knowledge? These days, some 9a's get... Read more

15 Apr 2009

thumb Ryan Pasquill has flashed two tenuous slate slabs in the same day with his Easter weekend ascents of The Medium and... Read more

14 Apr 2009

thumb When it comes to Ondra this is really a "what else is new?" piece of news, but here we go. During one of his family roadtrips in... Read more

14 Apr 2009

thumb A few days ago, Argentinian Danilo Pereyra became the first Latin American to climb a 9a, and now, Leandro Pardal and, 20 minutes... Read more

14 Apr 2009

thumb Katy Whittaker has climbed Thumbelina on Ina's Rock ground-up above bouldering mats. It took her around four... Read more

14 Apr 2009

thumb An accident over the Easter weekend has prompted discussion as to the safety of open slings fixed with rubber bands. It is not... Read more

13 Apr 2009

thumb This short interview I did with Jibé last summer has been published before. But because I care about our planet, I've decided to... Read more

12 Apr 2009

thumb The North Face athletes James Pearson and Gaz Parry, with some friends, are on a European road trip. 40 days of climbing,... Read more

11 Apr 2009

thumb Nice climbing reports, 14 year old Enzo Oddo has spent a couple of days at Annot in southern France, where he managed to grab an... Read more

10 Apr 2009

Jakob Schubert has done the 3rd, or so, ascent of Andreas Bindhammer's St. Anger, 8c+/9a, at Arco, Italy. Here's a video of... Read more

10 Apr 2009

thumb Reported on Daila Ojeda's blog, Chris Sharma has onsighted an F8c and two F8b+'s in his first couple of days at the Chinese sport... Read more

10 Apr 2009

thumb The Ring Ouzels are back at Stanage and have started nest building in the Green Crack area. As of today (signs should be in place... Read more

10 Apr 2009

thumb We have had a report that Lucy Creamer has climbed Kalea Borroka (F8b+). Lucy has been on an extended trip to Spain,... Read more

9 Apr 2009

thumb Danilo Pereyra has become the first Argentinian, and even first Latin American, to reach 9a. To be more precise he climbed... Read more

9 Apr 2009

thumb Lucinda Whittaker has ticked her first Font 8A boulder problem with an ascent of Purely Belter at Shaftoe,... Read more

8 Apr 2009

thumb kOn Planet Mountain, Bernd Zangerl talks about his recent 2nd ascent of Dave Graham's From dirt grows the flowers, 8C, at... Read more

8 Apr 2009

Spaniard, Daniel Fuertes has done the first onsight ascent of O Draconian Devil, 8b+, on Kalymnos, Greece. The FA was done by... Read more

8 Apr 2009

thumb St George, Utah, is where the action's at currently. Jon Cardwell has repeated Andy Reather's Schlachthaus Fünf (Slaughterhouse... Read more

8 Apr 2009

thumb Jordan Buys has climbed the well known 'Tilberthwaite Groove' project at The Lad Stones above , Coniston, Lake... Read more

7 Apr 2009

thumb Chris Sharma and Daila Ojeda are on an Asian tour. Having already visited Japan and Korea, they're now in China, Yangshuo to more... Read more

7 Apr 2009

thumb Ricky Bell has just climbed his project below A Bad Skin Day at Fairhead, Northern Ireland, naming it The Big Skin and offering... Read more

7 Apr 2009

thumb Jason Haas and Rob Pizem have free-climbed every pitch of West Side Story on 800-foot Cottontail tower in Utah's Fisher Towers,... Read more

6 Apr 2009

thumb Dave Graham is starting to pick up his game at Moe's valley, Utah. Yesterday, he made quick work of Daniel Woods' The Beach, 8B+,... Read more

6 Apr 2009

thumb The Skymasters competition was held at the OS Outdoors Show on the last weekend in March. Competitors climbed head to head on... Read more

6 Apr 2009

thumb There has been plenty of activity this season in the Northern Patagonian valley of Cochamo. Notably, Germans and Austrians... Read more

3 Apr 2009

thumb Planet Mountain Italian Grandmaster, Luca "Canon" Zardini, has done the FA of La linea dei Sogni (The dream line), 8c+, a 15m... Read more

3 Apr 2009

thumb The Czech Mountaineering Union has passed a bill, still to be accepted by the Ministry of Environment, approving the use of... Read more

2 Apr 2009

thumb The Santa Linya cave will be closed due to archeological excavations March 16 - May 17 and June 14 - 31. Climbing will be... Read more

2 Apr 2009

thumb Gaz Parry has been spearheading a Spanish sport climbing scene, which has culminated in some impressive British... Read more

1 Apr 2009

thumb Daniel Woods is one of the select, but increasing, few who manages to stay in the top of the game of bouldering and route... Read more

1 Apr 2009

thumb It's not just the UK's HOLDZ that are taking advantage of EU funds to clean Europe's cliffs and boulders. See today's UK News... Read more

1 Apr 2009

thumb While foraging through some old climbing books the following photo and notes came to light with no real clue of their origin, or... Read more

1 Apr 2009

thumb You can read an exclusive UKC feature article about this ascent here: Park Front - Font 9A - The First Ascent The Mabley... Read more

1 Apr 2009

thumb Climbing hold and wall product manufacturer HOLDZ have embarked on a task to keep some of gritstone's finest problems... Read more