FIRST LOOK: Scarpa's New Climbing Shoes for 2023

Rob Greenwood runs through the new models Scarpa are adding to their climbing shoe collection for 2023; from the soft, indoor-focused Veloce; the Vapour S, a slipper with benefits; and the Generator, a specialist big-wall and trad shoe.

Essay Family Days on Iron Ways: Taking on a Via Ferrata with kids

Sam Walmsley talks us through the challenges you can expect, both psychical and emotional, when...

Essay Ice On My Mind

As the Scottish Winter season reaches its zenith, David Canning reflects on the nature of time, change and a passion for getting onto the ice while it lasts.

Destination Guide Baihe

David Ferguson unveils a burgeoning climbing scene with plenty to offer in Baihe Valley, Beijing Province, China.

Unmasked - Climbing and Autism

Chris Shepherd writes about climbing on the spectrum and how the sport has helped them to lean into their difference, rather than conceal it entirely.  'While I don't know a single autistic people who's genuinely an island, the connections with the...

Video How to Abseil

In this video, Matt Cooper from The Mountaineering Company runs through a simple and effective way of abseiling that can be used in a variety of locations. He explains the current thinking around best practice and some specific tips for abseiling on sea cliffs.

Camping on Steeperton Tor - an area where wild camping was permitted until the court judgement  © Chris Cowdrey

Opinion Dartmoor Camping - Serfdom is back, and the future of the Ten Tors challenge at risk

Portrait of Basho by Hokusai  © Hokusai

Mountain Literature Classics: Basho - Narrow Road to the Deep North

Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Rab Mythic Ultra Down Jacket - lightweight duvet with heavyweight warmth

"Warmer down jackets are available, and lighter alternatives can easily be had" says Dan Bailey "but I suspect you'd struggle to find anything that's both. If you're willing to invest a substantial wodge of cash for seriously packable performan...

Trekmates Insulated Gloves - three budget-friendly options

Whether you're walking, skiing or mountaineering, in the winter hills you'll need a lot of gloves. But it's not essential to spend big, particularly if fine dexterity isn't required. These insulated waterproof gloves from Trekmates...

Rab Latok Alpine GTX Shell

Are you after a lightweight and highly breathable mountain shell, but something still robust enough for all-round Scottish winter use? Step this way, says Dan Bailey...

Open Comp DMM Quickdraw Competition

Purchase any number of DMM sport climbing quickdraws, register them on our competition page, and you could win some amazing prizes.

Open Comp WIN a Mutant Nimsdai 90 and a Transporter Duffel 90

Osprey is giving you the chance to win a brand new Mutant Nimsdai 90 and a Transporter Duffel 90.

Open Comp Win a MTN Seeker 32 Rucksack. RRP £140

The MTN Seeker 32 Rucksack is a versatile all mountain, all seasons roll top pack has a stripped down design but still boasts seriously impressive mountaineering features. Here's your chance to win one.

Gear News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Life Straw - New Peak Series

Hitting the shops in late February / March is the new LifeStraw Peak Series – a comprehensive update of LifeStraw's most iconic and trustworthy products sees flow rates greatly enhanced, together with improved functionality and sleek re-design....

The North Face range of 800-fill ProDown™ jackets at Ellis Brigham

The North Face Summit Series™ is reimagined for the future with a layering system built to adapt to your adventures. Discover the versatile range of Athlete Tested. Expedition Proven.™ 800-fill ProDown™ insulated...

NEW FROM OSPREY - Mutant Nimsdai 90

The new Mutant Nimsdai 90 mountaineering pack from Osprey has been designed together with Nepalese elite mountaineer and Osprey Ambassador Nimsdai Purja MBE.

Latest Deals

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Scarpa R-EVO GTX hiking boots now £139

Grab yourself a pair of light, agile and waterproof Scarpa boots - brilliant for trekking over fell or dale. Super comfortable three season hiking and trekking boots, Scarpa's R-EVO GTX boots will keep you dry and comfy mile after mile.

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Our company at a glance We work with some of the world's leading specialist work at height and rescue brands in addition to our own in-house Lyon...

Deputy Manager at Boulders Cheltenham

Deputy Centre Manager at Boulders Cheltenham   The company Established in 2008, Boulders Cardiff has helped to grow and support the South Wales...

Customer Service and Sales - Rock+Run

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to play a role in developing our customer service and personal shopping sales experiences. We're...

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