Babsi Zangerl climbs Sprengstoff (9a)

Located near Babsi’s home in Bludenz, Austria, Lorüns is a sport climbing crag that’s home to decades’ old historical routes. Described as a “meeting point” for both the old and younger generations of the Austrian climbing community, Lorüns is close to Babsi’s heart, especially since her partner Jacopo Larcher recently climbed a legendary 30-year-old project, in turn establishing the crag’s hardest route—Sprengstoff (9a), meaning “Explosive” in English. Unfortunately, Lorüns is part of an area owned by a local...

To Be a Climbing Mum, or Not to Be?

Nutan Shinde-Pawar discusses the difficulties many parents - and especially women - with outdoor passions and...

Interview Tokyo 2020 Sport Climbing on the BBC - Broadcasting an Olympic Debut

Just as the 40 climbing athletes are preparing to compete on the world's biggest sporting stage, a team of media professionals are getting ready to present our sport to the world at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this...

Down vs Synthetic Insulation

Rachael and Rob talk through the pros and cons of down and synthetic insulation and explain which to use in certain situations. They explain the difference in packability, how they perform when wet, breathability, and weight.

Crag Notes: A Local Haunt

Within this month's Crag Notes, Jane Blackbourn visits the lesser known bouldering area hidden within Sally in the Woods.

Montane Alpine Preparation - The advantages of block leading

In this episode of Alpine Preparation, Rebecca Coles explains why you would choose to block lead when alpine climbing. She runs through the advantages and few tips which will ultimately help to speed you up when in the mountains.

Wall End Slab at Stanage with three generations  © UKC Articles

Photography Three Generations on Wall End Slab

Michael, Jakob, Alfons and Lukas.   © Jakob Schubert

In Focus The Olympic Flatmates - Jakob Schubert and Michael Piccolruaz

Alpine Preparation - Episode 4  © UKC

Skills Montane Alpine Preparation - Speed and Efficiency at Belays

Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Mountain packs around 40 litres

For year-round climbing, mountaineering, hillwalking and even overnight backpacking, packs around the 40 litre mark are a versatile do-it-all size. Here we put ten of the best mountain all-rounders through their paces.

Red Chili Mystix

Alan James takes a look at the new Red Chili Mystix. An indoor bouldering shoe as claimed, or an outdoor precision tool for steep sport and trad - which is it?

Black Diamond Fuel Approach Shoe

It's light and cool for summer, but though the Fuel is Black Diamond's most capable approach shoe, it's not a great choice for scrambles or mountain crags in the slippery UK hills, says Dan Bailey. Best saved for less demanding days, or hot rock trips...

Open Comp Win a pair of La Sportiva Kubos

Work on your all-round indoor game with the Kubo's, a classic training shoe and perfect for beginners.

Open Comp Win a pair of Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ poles

The Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ is our premium pole for fully adjustable, folding performance

Open Comp Win a Mountain Equipment Helium 600 Men's or Women's Sleeping Bag

Win a Mountain Equipment Helium 600 Men's or Women's Sleeping Bag

Gear News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Samaya® creates a new generation of tents with Nanovent®

Samaya® creates the Nanovent® membrane and revolutionizes the single-wall tent by offering the lightest and most compact technical equipment on the market!

Giggleswick update and free week on Rockfax Digital

Giggleswick in North Yorkshire has a huge range of grades and styles of climbing for everyone from the budding top-roper to the muscle-bound bolt clipper. 

Dancing Ledge update for Rockfax Digital. Dorset pre-orders 1 July

As an extra taster for the eagerly-awaited Dorset guide we're releasing the new package for Dancing Ledge at Swanage this week. The whole Dorset guidebook will be available to pre-order tomorrow, 1 July.

Latest Deals

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Mammut Trovat GTX Boots Deal + Win a pair with Outside

Save 30% on a pair of Mammut GTX hiking boots - just £139 PLUS enter our competition to win a pair for free!

SAVE 20% on rock shoes at Outside

Brand new from Evolv, the Shaman and Oracle climbing shoes at 20% off, plus Five.Ten Hiangles only £95.

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Creative & Ecommerce Assistant - Jöttnar

Working within the marketing department, this is a role combining creativity with technical skill.  You will assist with all aspects of brand and product presentation across multiple customer-facing platforms, ensuring that it best...

Marketing Manager - Jöttnar

Jöttnar produces premium technical clothing for mountain sports. We are a young company, building a high performing team and delivering ambitious growth plans. With daily responsibility for all marketing outputs, you will directly shape Jöttnar's public...

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