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The Other Side

The Other Side is a short film that sensitively deals with the raw pain of losing a child to suicide and the strength it takes to move beyond that, to the other side, and to build something positive out of the grief.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for under 35s in the UK. It’s an alarming fact that’s still not talked about enough. In December 2018, Andy Airey received a call that forced him to confront the reality of young suicide. His daughter Sophie had sent messages that suggested she wanted to end her life and she had since gone missing. Awaiting news a few...

Crag Notes: Ninety-Five Minutes  © Dave Cuthbertson

Feature Crag Notes: Ninety-Five Minutes

Climber and author Julian Lines describes a sun-kissed solo ascent of Coire an t'Sneachda's Magic...

With an eye to the forecasts, we've been able to get out in dreamlike conditions on the Aonach Eagach  © Matt Stygall
With an eye to the forecasts, we've been able to get out in dreamlike conditions on the Aonach Eagach  © Matt Stygall

Skills Part 1 - How Forecasts Work Together

For safe days in the winter mountains, your two biggest concerns are weather and snow conditions. From interpreting the forecasts, to observations out on the hill, this five-part series from instructor Will Nicholls of Plas y Brenin covers all...

John and Bruce (rear,) Joe and Richard   © Richard Haszko
John and Bruce (rear,) Joe and Richard   © Richard Haszko

Stack Them Up - Scottish Sea Stacks

Richard Haszko recounts a 'long weekend' of ticking three classic Scottish sea stacks, meetings with Fulmars, fisherman and some sandbagged grades...

Extreme Basecamp scenes  © KMF
Extreme Basecamp scenes  © KMF

10 People You'll Meet (Virtually) at Kendal Mountain Festival 2020

Kendal Mountain Festival may be going online in 2020, but you can still e-meet (sorry!) a wide range of influential climbers, walkers, runners, writers, filmmakers and generally outdoorsy people. This year, it'll be a case...

Lancet edge in the wind  © gregor
Lancet edge in the wind  © gregor

Avalanched on the Lancet Edge - a Cautionary Tale

Mountain rescue expert Dave 'Heavy' Whalley recalls a serious incident in the early 1970s, a time when avalanches in Scotland were poorly understood. These days we have far more information to help make safe decisions - if we choose to use it.

Priti and Jeff Wright on the summit of K6 Central.  © Jeff Wright

Interview Jeff and Priti Wright on Climbing K6 West and Central

An extra forearm artery?  © Alan James

An 'Evolutionary' Extra Forearm Artery - Does it Benefit Climbers?

Tokyo 2020 will bring challenges of Olympic proportions (or volumes...)  © Jorg Verhoeven

Sport Climbing Athletes in Limbo ahead of Final Tokyo 2020 Selections

Late season wading  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

Crag Notes: Waiting for the White Stuff to Arrive


Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

TN Pro montage  © Nick Brown

Unparallel TN (Tomoa Narasaki) Pro

In a market saturated with soft and specialised performance shoes, the TN Pro is something different, says Nick Brown - a downturned and stiff performance shoe that can hold its own both indoors and out.

Irish Peaks montage  © Mountaineering Ireland
Irish Peaks montage  © Mountaineering Ireland

Irish Peaks - A Celebration of Ireland's Highest Mountains

This attractive new large format guide is an inspiring addition to Irish hill literature, covering every major summit and upland area across Northern Ireland and the Republic. Dan Bailey feels a post-Covid Ireland trip coming on...

The Booster is definitely a shoe with steeper terrain in mind  © UKC Gear
The Booster is definitely a shoe with steeper terrain in mind  © UKC Gear

Scarpa Booster

The Booster has similar sensitivity to Scarpa's other soft shoes like the Furia Air, Furia S and Drago, says Rob Greenwood, but with the added benefit of some modest edging ability. Shame about the heel.


Open Comp Mountain Equipment Xeros Competition

Win a Mountain Equipment Xeros or Xeros Women's Jacket.

Open Comp Win a Gibbon Slack Line

Your chance to win a Gibbon Classic Slack Line

Open Comp Win a pair of Boreal Ace climbing shoes

Your chance to win a pair of Boreal Ace rock shoes.


Gear News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Climbing Technology - New Harnesses & Quickdraws

Climbing Technology have updated their range of harnesses this year with 3 new models, the Quarzo, Dedalo and Musa. There's a new collection of quickdraws too.

Raven Action 1  © Black Diamond
Raven Action 1  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe Range

Our modern take on Chouinard's original curved-pick mountain axe, the Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe is a classic mountaineer's piolet that has been used on classic climbs the world over for decades.

LifeStraw : Clean Water for You. Clean Water for the World.

LifeStraw company philosophy and key products.


Junior Web Developer  © Equip Outdoor Technologies
Junior Web Developer  © Equip Outdoor Technologies

Junior Web Developer

We have an exciting opportunity for a Junior Web Developer to join our Ecommerce team, based in Alfreton, Derbyshire. 

Parthian Climbing Southampton Centre Manager  © Parthian Climbing Southampton
Parthian Climbing Southampton Centre Manager  © Parthian Climbing Southampton

Parthian Climbing Southampton Centre Manager

If you want to play a leading role in setting up and managing our new flagship climbing centre in Southampton, we are looking for you.  We have...

Fundraiser (Trusts and Grants), Urban Uprising  © UKC Job Ads
Fundraiser (Trusts and Grants), Urban Uprising  © UKC Job Ads

Fundraiser (Trusts and Grants), Urban Uprising

15 hrs per week. Days and times negotiable. 12 month contract with the opportunity to extend subject to funding £23,000 pro-rata Home-based within...