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Jöttnar | The Fine Line: Rope Soloing and Paragliding with Willis Morris

Jöttnar’s Willis Morris likes to learn in his own way. Sitting down to follow instruction manuals is not his style. Deep-end immersion but with a healthy dose of sense is the preferred path.

A self-taught climber who operates at Trad E8, Sport 8b and Winter VIII,9, as well as teaching himself how to paraglide and speedfly, watch Willis learning to rope solo in the French Alps, followed by his usual high-octane descent method back down to the valley floor.

Jöttnar | The Fine Line from Jöttnar on Vimeo.

Steve on Malovista pitch 4.  © Pat Littlejohn

Destination Guide Trad Climbing on Mallorca

Mallorca is an island with high limestone mountains and massive sea cliffs. Traditional climbing on Mallorca goes back a...

Crag Notes: An Eve on Strange Midland Stones (1998 – 2019)  © Nikki Clayton
Crag Notes: An Eve on Strange Midland Stones (1998 – 2019)  © Nikki Clayton

Crag Notes: An Eve on Strange Midland Stones (1998 – 2019)

In Crag Notes this month, Mark Goodwin looks at one of Britain's least likely rock pastures: Leicestershire. Beacon Hill sprouts from from a hilltop in an otherwise flat, rural and distinctly un-rocky county. It's vista above the...

Common guidebook descriptions, and how to interpret them.  © UKC Articles
Common guidebook descriptions, and how to interpret them.  © UKC Articles

Guidebooks: What They Say vs. What They Mean

Paul Sagar shares some common guidebook descriptions and attempts to parse their words... 'An exciting finish' – You better be wearing your brown trousers. See also 'a thrilling finale'.

Johnny Dawes approaching Meru Shark Fin  © Paul Pritchard
Johnny Dawes approaching Meru Shark Fin  © Paul Pritchard

The Approach, by Paul Pritchard

This is an extract from Paul Pritchard's fourth book, which begins and ends with the ascent of the Totem Pole 18 years after he had a devastating brain injury on the very same sea stack in Tasmania. 

Poo pack box at Loch Lomond.  © Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
Poo pack box at Loch Lomond.  © Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

Burying and carrying-out waste: Why are we so far behind the US?

Jake Chapman writes about the taboo subject of pooing outdoors and what we should do with our poo... One spring, Heather Morning and her fellow rangers witnessed a blooming of a different kind in the Cairngorms National Park:...

Mo Anthoine and Al Alvarez.  © John Cleare

Al Alvarez - A Climbing Obituary

One man reading One Man's Mountains in the mountains  © Ronald Turnbull

Mountain Literature Classics: One Man's Mountains by Tom Patey

To avoid locking off on overhanging walls, practice twisting in (either by stepping through and using your outside edge, or doi  © Nick Brown - UKC

Skills Posture in Climbing

Lack of confidence and fear of failure is a big barrier for many of these young people.  © Stu Green

Climbing and Class - How Economic Privilege Underpins Our Experience


Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Lake District Bouldering cover photo  © Greg Chapman

Lake District Bouldering

The Lake District is a bouldering backwater no longer, and this inspiring guide is the first resource out there to do full justice to the quantity, quality and diversity of the area, says Rob Greenwood.

Comfortable out of the box on Beinn a' Chrulaiste  © Dan Bailey
Comfortable out of the box on Beinn a' Chrulaiste  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa R-Evo GTX

"A non-techy walking boot that can eat the miles without chewing your feet up too, the R-Evo is built for comfort" reckons Dan Bailey...

Manaslu 50 montage  © Dan Bailey
Manaslu 50 montage  © Dan Bailey

Lowe Alpine Manaslu ND 50-65

There's nothing particularly special or ground breaking here, says Pegs Bailey, but the Manaslu is a sturdy and comfortable women's load carrier with enough features to keep most backpackers happy.


Proton LT Action  © Arc'teryx

Open Comp Win an Arc'teryx Proton LT Hoody

The Proton LT Hoody is equipped with a breathable insulation package to manage the dynamic needs of mountain pursuits and perform as a self-regulating mid layer for a variety of high output activities.

P4 Glove  © Leatherman
P4 Glove  © Leatherman

Open Comp Win Leatherman FREE™ P4 Multipurpose Pliers (worth £169.95)

After 35 years of evolving, adapting, and pushing the limits, we challenged ourselves to unknow what a multipurpose tool can be. Redesigned end-to-end, Leatherman Free is built to turn any obstacle into an opportunity to...

Beal Birdie + Orient Express Screwgate Competition  © Beal
Beal Birdie + Orient Express Screwgate Competition  © Beal

Open Comp Win a Beal BIRDIE belay device and ORIENT EXPRESS screwgate karabiner

Beal are giving you the chance to win one BIRDIE belay device and ORIENT EXPRESS screwgate karabiner.


Gear News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

Crack Climbing by Pete Whittaker thumbnail  © Vertebrate Publishing

Pre-order now: Crack Climbing by Pete Whittaker

Crack Climbing by Pete Whittaker provides a single point of reference for all crack climbing techniques, regardless of the grade you climb

Lake District Climbs Rockfax pre-order special offer  © UKC Gear
Lake District Climbs Rockfax pre-order special offer  © UKC Gear

Lake District Climbs Rockfax – Pre-order Now

Pre-order the Lake District Climbs Rockfax now and save £10. Add a six month app subscription and make a total saving of £24.

Wham   © SNAP
Wham   © SNAP

New For 2019 - The SNAP Wham, Grand Wham, and Guts

6 years ago Snap launched the original + revolutionary 'Wrap', with its unique air cell technology. At the time it caused something of a stir, blurring the lines between a conventional foam bouldering mat and something completely...


Operation Manager at Flashpoint / Freedog Bristol  © Redpoint Bristol
Operation Manager at Flashpoint / Freedog Bristol  © Redpoint Bristol

Operations Manager at Flashpoint / Freedog Bristol

Redpoint Bristol has expanded! adding a dedicated, world class bouldering wall in the centre of town called Flashpoint Bristol. It's located in the Freedog activity centre which offers trampolining,  a ninja course and a soft-play centre...

3rd Rock logo 3x2  © 3RD ROCK
3rd Rock logo 3x2  © 3RD ROCK

Marketing Manager in Derbyshire, 3RD ROCK

3RD ROCK is a sustainable activewear brand bringing innovation to active, fun-filled lives. We aspire to make you look great, feel amazing, whilst...

Sales Office Administrator   © Equip Outdoor Technologies
Sales Office Administrator   © Equip Outdoor Technologies

Sales Office Administrator, Equip Outdoor Technologies (Rab and Lowe Alpine), Alfreton

 Equip Outdoor Technologies UK Ltd based in Alfreton, Derbyshire specialise in the design and marketing of technical outdoor clothing and equipment. Our experienced and enthusiastic team develop innovative...