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Arc'teryx Big Mountain Weekend: May 8th-10th 2020

The Big Mountain Weekend launches the Arc’teryx Lakeland Revival in the picturesque Langdale valley. It will be taking place at the Sticklebarn Tavern from the 8th-10th May 2020. (Please note: bank holiday is Friday 8th.)

The weekend aims to educate, share and improve skills necessary for enjoying the mountains and crags safely. The weekend will be based around a series of clinics headed up by the International School of Mountaineering. There will also be a number of free activities, challenges (with prizes),...

Argo Navis  © UKC Articles

Crag Notes - Argo Navis

Faye Latham shares a poem about a February winter climb on Clogwyn y Parsons. 

A party on Costa Blanca (6c+) on the Peñón.  © Sarah-Jane Dobner
A party on Costa Blanca (6c+) on the Peñón.  © Sarah-Jane Dobner

Feature Costa Blanca - Book of Wonders

Sarah-Jane Dobner reflects on a sun-rock trip to Costa Blanca... Costa Blanca is my happy place. A refuge in winter, holiday in summer. Gorgeous, positive, pocketed rock. Brilliant trad and fantastic sport. A generous, safe, welcoming region of cafés and sea...

Matt Cooke on Relapse (8a) with the stunning backdrop of Pha Tam Kam valley  © Tom Skelhon
Matt Cooke on Relapse (8a) with the stunning backdrop of Pha Tam Kam valley  © Tom Skelhon

Destination Guide Sport Climbing in Thakhek – South East Asia's best sport climbing?

Since the Democratic Republic of Laos opened its borders to tourism in the mid '90s, and first route development in 2010, Thakhek is a relatively new destination and is fast becoming one of the top sport climbing...

Damian Hall completing his record breaking Winter Paddy Buckley Round  © https://www.inov-8.com/
Damian Hall completing his record breaking Winter Paddy Buckley Round  © https://www.inov-8.com/

Interview Damian Hall on the Paddy Buckley, Baking Brownies, & Extinction Rebellion

Damian Hall recently completed a record breaking winter Paddy Buckley Round, finishing in a time of 21:20:30 - 7 minutes ahead of Jim Mann's previous fastest known time. We caught up with him to find out more.

Lyndsay on Puma Crack, Indian Creek.  © Ari Schneider
Lyndsay on Puma Crack, Indian Creek.  © Ari Schneider

Gender Bias in Climbing Media - A Study

Climbing coach and writer Ari Schneider explores gender bias in climbing media and reveals the results of a small study he conducted into bias in online articles. I decided to read and analyse 80 news articles, twenty each, from four climbing media...

A figure of eight in pressure-sensing fibre validates the research team's virtual model.  © MIT

Knot Theory, in Practice - Studying The Mechanics of Knots

Grouse - what it's all about  © Scottish Land and Estates

Opinion Grouse Moors - Benign Tradition or Eco Disaster?

La Rage d'Adam 9b/+, Ramirole, Verdon Gorge.  © Julia Cassou

Feature Nobody's Wing Man: Seb Bouin - The Story so Far

L’Ultimo Jolly at Bausu Centrale, Val Pennavaire  © James Rushforth

Destination Guide Val Pennavaire - Finale Ligure's Lesser-Known Neighbour


Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear

Bombproof Winter Mountain Shells

What's the ideal shell for Scottish winter climbing and gnarly hill walks? A beefy and protective one! Here we review tough technical jackets from 12 leading manufacturers.

You can pull the sleeves up, but only so far...  © Dan Bailey
You can pull the sleeves up, but only so far...  © Dan Bailey

Mountain Equipment Kinesis Jacket

"The Kinesis is Mountain Equipment's latest take on the now ubiquitous weatherproof-outer-plus-fleecy-inner style of softshell, and it's probably one of the best I've used" says Dan Bailey.

Theo's loving his jacket  © Mike Hutton
Theo's loving his jacket  © Mike Hutton

Arc'teryx Proton LT Hoody

A breathable lightweight synthetic jacket designed for active use, we've found the Proton LT equally handy both as a winter mountain midlayer and as a stand-alone outer for cool days at the crag.


Belayer  © Edelrid

Open Comp Win an EDELRID Swift Protect Pro Dry

EDELRID are giving one lucky climber the chance to win a Swift Protect Pro Dry. All you need to do to be in with a chance is have a read about the rope below and answer the simple question!

Steinbock WT GTX 1  © DOLOMITE
Steinbock WT GTX 1  © DOLOMITE

Open Comp Win a pair of the brand new DOLOMITE Steinbock WT GTX

Steinbock WT GTX, the jewel in the crown of Dolomite's hiking section. A lightweight, high-performance shoe, perfect for one-day excursions or mountain trail walking. The ideal product for meeting every need and guaranteeing the best...

Free Hiker Product 1  © adidas Terrex
Free Hiker Product 1  © adidas Terrex

Open Comp Win a pair of adidas Terrex FREE HIKER Parley

These lightweight hiking shoes deliver freedom of movement and long-distance comfort for all terrains. The sock-like adidas Primeknit upper conforms to the foot and complements the responsive Boost midsole for extended comfort and energy...


Gear News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

© Therm-a-Rest | Sammy Spence  © Therm-a-rest

Therm-a-rest's new valves make inflation and deflation faster!

Therm-a-rest's new WingLock and TwinLock valves have been designed to speed up inflation and deflation, and withstand the rugged outdoors.

Nuclei FL Action 2  © Arc'teryx
Nuclei FL Action 2  © Arc'teryx

Arc'teryx Nuclei FL Jacket

Back by popular demand after a three-year hiatus, the Nuclei FL Jacket returns to provide warmth. Made with best in class materials to deliver the greatest possible warmth-to-weight ratio that synthetic insulation has to offer.

Wild Country Zero Friends comprehensively reviewed at Outside

New in at Outside, check out the latest tiny cams from Wild Country; a refined piece of gear that draws inspiration from every micro-cam before it.


Ambleside Climbing wall Logo  © UKC Gear
Ambleside Climbing wall Logo  © UKC Gear

Ambleside Climbing Wall Instructor and Day Manage

Climbing Wall Instructor required full time at Ambleside Climbing Wall. Salary £17,000-£21,000. To apply for this position please send: Current...

JOBS: TCA Bristol part time Instructor/Coach  © The Climbing Academy
JOBS: TCA Bristol part time Instructor/Coach  © The Climbing Academy

TCA Bristol – Climbing Instructor/Coach

PART-TIME CLIMBING INSTRUCTOR/COACH At TCA we are always looking for some passionate coaches and instructors to join our vibrant...

JOBS: Castle Climbers Café Manager Wanted  © The Castle Climbing Centre
JOBS: Castle Climbers Café Manager Wanted  © The Castle Climbing Centre

Castle Climbers Café Manager Wanted

Join our team! The Castle Climbing Centre near Finsbury Park, London is looking for a highly motivated and dynamic leader to take on the role of...