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Stone Love

Stone Love is the story of five of Britain’s strongest climbers – Malcolm Smith, Jerry Moffatt, Ben Moon, Richie Patterson, Andy Harris – on a week-long trip to the granite bouldering mecca of Cresciano in Switzerland – a beautiful alpine hillside full of classic lines and big grades.

Breaking the mould of traditional bouldering films, Stone Love is a unique window into what it takes to climb hard boulder problems: the camaraderie, the competition, the frustration and...

ROCUP TV Footwork Precision and Accuracy  © ROCUP TV

Video ROCUPtv - Technique: Footwork Precision and Accuracy

Now that we have our shoes sorted, we need to start with arguably the most important part of...

Penny Orr coming to the end of P2  © Rob Greenwood - UKC
Penny Orr coming to the end of P2  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

Hard Rock - Shared Stories

Last week we published a review of the 4th Edition of Hard Rock. While putting together the review it occurred to us just how many memories we all had from climbing the routes within its pages and how many others would likely feel the same. As a result we decided...

Bleedin bivi-ledges cartooon  © Alan James
Bleedin bivi-ledges cartooon  © Alan James

Feature The Story of a Cartoon and Satire in the '90s

Alan James discusses the inspiration for a cartoon that proved to be a catalyst for many things and became part of 1990s climbing satire, with some fresh drawings on the current scene thrown in too.

Crag Notes: Going Local  © Hati Whiteley
Crag Notes: Going Local  © Hati Whiteley

Crag Notes: Going Local

In this month's Crag Note Hati Whiteley decides to stay local and run around the Burbage Valley. "Every buttress summons a story, be it your own or someone else's". Steeped in history, and familiar through experience, this is a very personal note to the changing...

Winter's a tough time to earn a living on the hills, so we were hoping for a bumper spring...  © Richard Prideaux
Winter's a tough time to earn a living on the hills, so we were hoping for a bumper spring...  © Richard Prideaux

Coronavirus - Outdoor Instructors Feel the Pinch

Though the world has many bigger things to worry about right now, the impact of the pandemic on freelance outdoor instructors has been devastating. Richard Prideaux examines the overnight collapse of an entire sector of the outdoor economy, and the...

ROCUP TV Footwear  © Robin O'Leary

Video ROCUPtv - Technique: How important is good climbing footwear?

Madeleine Crane shares coping strategies for lockdown.  © UKC Articles

Mental Health Tips for Climbers on Lockdown

On Collie's Ledge, the alternative to King's Chimney  © Adrian Trendall

Cuillin Traverse: Taking the Easier Route

Distant but united.  © Greg Pittam

How to Support the Outdoor Industry During COVID-19


Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

The Fenrir on a chilly day in the Peak District   © Toby Archer

Jottnar Fenrir Jacket

A revised model launched late 2019, the Fenrir is an excellent mid-weight down jacket for general outdoor use, reckons Toby Archer, boasting several improvements over its predecessor.

4th Edition  © Baton Wicks
4th Edition  © Baton Wicks

Hard Rock, 4th Edition - by Ian Parnell

Hard Rock is now in its fourth edition. It would have been easy to consign this classic tome to history, says Rob Greenwood, but instead by including all new photography and a choice selection of new routes, Ian Parnell and Vertebrate have brought it...

It's a refined and modern take on the traditional leather boot...  © Dan Bailey
It's a refined and modern take on the traditional leather boot...  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

A traditional leather mountain boot with modern refinements, Tom Ripley thinks the updated Mont Blanc Pro GTX would be a good choice for any mountaineer looking for a solid B3 boot that can be used from winter hill walking through to technical ice and mixed...


Every aspect of the Kaon has been refined to balance temperature and maximise performance  © Rab

Open Comp Win a Rab Kaon Jacket

As winter retreats and spring approaches, we stow our burly winter jackets and heavy waterproofs for another season and start to look forward to longer days with lighter packs. Taking inspiration from the mountains, we embrace the warme...

ROOKIE thumb  © Beal
ROOKIE thumb  © Beal

Open Comp Win a Beal - ROOKIE kids climbing harness

Beal are giving you the chance to win one ROOKIE kids climbing harness.

Osprey Archeon comp  © Osprey
Osprey Archeon comp  © Osprey

Open Comp Win an Osprey Archeon 45

Osprey are giving you the chance to win a new Archeon 45.


Gear News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

ROOKIE thumb  © Beal

Beal - ROOKIE kids climbing harness

Beal ROOKIE is an adjustable childrens/adolescents sit harness for climbing gyms or at crags.

#21 Camalot C4  © Black Diamond
#21 Camalot C4  © Black Diamond

Introducing the #21 Camalot C4

BD Athlete Alex Honnold has never been a fan of wide cracks, or as he puts it a little more bluntly: "Offwidth climbing sucks". But even Honnold has to thrust his body into deep fissures from time to time: "Many of the most classic routes in the world,...

Tears of the Dawn  © SMT Publications
Tears of the Dawn  © SMT Publications

Tears of the Dawn by Jules Lines - 2nd Edition

Julian Lines is one of Britain's most accomplished free solo climbers and over many years has gained an awesome reputation. In this Boardman Tasker Award winning book, he gives a rare and candid glimpse into the mind of one of climbing's...


Field Guide - Antarctica, British Antarctic Surve  © UKC Job Ads
Field Guide - Antarctica, British Antarctic Surve  © UKC Job Ads

Field Guide - Antarctica, British Antarctic Survey

The British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity as Field Guide in Antarctica. What is the role about? Field Guides will assist...

JOBS: Passion for Climbing? Climbing Arena Supervisor position at EICA Ratho
JOBS: Passion for Climbing? Climbing Arena Supervisor position at EICA Ratho

Passion for Climbing? Climbing Arena Supervisor position at EICA Ratho

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to continue the development of our Climbing Programme and Climbing Instructors.  You will support them...

JOBS: Hiring! Duty Managers & Climbing Wall Attendants - The Climbing Hub, Bradford
JOBS: Hiring! Duty Managers & Climbing Wall Attendants - The Climbing Hub, Bradford

Hiring! Duty Managers & Climbing Wall Attendants - The Climbing Hub, Bradford

WE'RE HIRING – THE CLIMBING HUB - BRADFORD DUTY MANAGERS & CLIMBING WALL ATTENDANTS/ INSTRUCTORS