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Statement of Youth: The Birth of British Sport Climbing

The 1980's saw climbing standards rise exponentially. At the start of the decade, 7b+ was cutting edge, but by the end of the '80s, 9a was the new world standard. By the end of the decade, the sport had changed beyond recognition and a paradigm was set for future generations.

A small group of climbers would do anything to climb full-time: sleeping in sheds underneath crags, shoplifting for food and clothes, and living off the dole. These climbers were living outside the rest of society and went on to become the most influential figures in the history of British...

Alan James on Sergeyenna, another of the crag's many classic E1s  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

Destination Guide Chee Tor

Rob Greenwood takes a look at one of the jewels in the crown of Peak Limestone

Kalymnos: sunset over Telendos  © Chris Craggs
Kalymnos: sunset over Telendos  © Chris Craggs

Feature Kalymnos: The Smooth and the Rough

Sarah-Jane Dobner shares her second poetry collection, this time inspired by a trip to Kalymnos. Over Easter, I spent two weeks on the climbing paradise of Kalymnos, a Greek Island off the coast of Turkey. Whilst Britain basked in a heatwave, 40 mph gales...

The Best of UKC  © UKC Articles
The Best of UKC  © UKC Articles

The Best of UKC - Amusing Logbook Entries

A new Instagram account recently caught our attention: The Best of UKC (@best_of_ukc). The account - which is not run by any UKC staff members - is described in its profile as 'Bringing you the most hilarious bits of British climbing's greatest...

A family outdoor adventure is much better than an afternoon playing Minecraft  © Rachel Crolla & Carl McKeating
A family outdoor adventure is much better than an afternoon playing Minecraft  © Rachel Crolla & Carl McKeating

Opinion Why You Should Get Out More With the Kids

Outdoors writer and primary school teacher Rachel Crolla, co-author of a new child-oriented guide to the Lake District, explains why having outdoor adventures with the children is more important than ever.

Mont Qualido big-walling in Val di Mello.  © Michael Bortoluzzi
Mont Qualido big-walling in Val di Mello.  © Michael Bortoluzzi

Destination Guide Monte Qualido Big Walls - Val di Mello

Getting into big walling is not necessarily easy. Between acquiring all the necessary equipment, learning, as well as practising the technical skills and finding an appropriate goal, there's a lot to figure out before you'll be ready to rope...

Ed Drummond - a visionary.  © Oliver Hill

Ed Drummond (1945-2019) - A Retrospective

When pockets are very sloping and marginal...  © Nick Brown - UKC

Skills Handholds and Grip Technique Part Two

Stu on Superjam  © Matthew Conor  www.matthewconor.com

Destination Guide A Masochist's Tour of Cornwall's Offwidths

The dog who climbed a 7000m peak.  © Don Wargowsky

The Stray Dog who Climbed a 7000m Peak

Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

It's an excellent lightweight down bag for summer use  © Richard Prideaux

Mountain Equipment Firefly Sleeping Bag

The Firefly is the lightest, 'most efficient' sleeping bag Mountain Equipment have yet made, they say, offering 'reliable warmth for minimum weight'. So how did Richard Prideaux get on with it?

Spirit Climbing 1  © UKC Gear
Spirit Climbing 1  © UKC Gear

Ocun Spirit 9.5mm Rope

The Ocun Spirit is a great all-round single rope for sport climbing, top-roping and trad climbing, says Theo Moore. Despite its relatively skinny diameter it has proved to be durable, and continues to handle very smoothly after several months.

OR interstellar thumb  © Dan Bailey
OR interstellar thumb  © Dan Bailey

Outdoor Research Interstellar Bivy

More spacious than a simple bivvy bag and lighter than most solo tents, this is a first class hooped bivvy. But it's the unique way that you can both sleep in it and practically wear it that sets the Interstellar apart, says Dan Bailey


Gear News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

James Pearson getting wet on the Sawanabori expedition  © The North Face

The North Face Summit L1 Climb Pants

An essential part of every climber's kit, these pants were designed for longs days in the harness and crafted with lightweight, stretch-woven Cordura™ fabric for unparalleled durability and range of motion.

New lightweight tent and bivvy from Alpkit

The Soloist is our first 1 man tent and the Kloke is our lightest ever bivvy bag.

Friends   © Wild Country
Friends   © Wild Country

Wild Country Friends, Technical Friends and Trigger Wire Repair Kit

Wild Country, the original creator of the Friends, have continued to innovate and create the best cams available since 1977. The latest iteration is the lightest and most versatile yet, whilst the Technical Friends 5 +...


Web Administrator – Design - North East  © alexnich
Web Administrator – Design - North East  © alexnich

Web Administrator – Design - Ultralight Outdoor Gear, North East

The post holder will be responsible for the creation of and maintenance of visual promotional aspects of our websites and marketing. They will contribute to and execute parts of our marketing strategy. Working as part of the...

JOBS: Walltopia Sales Assistant
JOBS: Walltopia Sales Assistant

Walltopia Sales Assistant

Based in Bulgaria Walltopia are the world's leading supplier of climbing walls, as well as related 'active entertainment' products such as Fun...

C# Developer - Summer Internship in Chamonix  © benbellamy1987
C# Developer - Summer Internship in Chamonix  © benbellamy1987

C# Developer - Summer Internship in Chamonix, Icon Software

This summer, the French branch of Icon Software is seeking an intern developer to join our small, dynamic team based at the foot of Mont-Blanc in the Chamonix valley. This is a flexible part-time role, working 28 hours per week, so...