Alpine Preparation - Choosing a suitable alpine route

In this video, Rebecca Coles explains how best to choose your alpine route, explaining that it's important to match a route with your experience and take time to understand the subtleties of the alpine environment. Check out Rebecca's website:

Video Which waterproof is right for you?

Rachael Crewesmith and Rob Greenwood discuss the pros and cons of different types of waterproofs. They shed some light on the...

Staying Alive! Climbing and Risk

These days, climbing is often lazily described as a sport and sponsored climbers glibly branded as athletes. While competition climbing certainly is a sport, there's a lot more to climbing than competitions alone. Many climbing disciplines involve...

Video Alpine Preparation - When To Travel and What's Open

In this video, Rebecca Coles details when best to plan your alpine trip. Seasons play a crucial part in deciding the ideal time for your objectives and it's important to think about the amount of snow, what will be open in terms of lifts,...

Training Strength-Based Yoga and its Benefits for Climbing

Climber, yoga teacher and wellbeing coach Tiffany Soithongsuk outlines the transformational benefits of strength-based yoga movement on climbing development, with some take-away exercises...

Interview Q&A with Bronwyn Hodgins on her Free Ascent of Golden Gate

Canadian Bronwyn Hodgins (27) recently became only the third woman to free Golden Gate 5.13a on El Capitan, climbing the 34 pitch route over eight days. Having only started climbing eight years ago while studying in...

Sian setting up for her next moves.  © Sian Polhill-Thomas

Mind and Matter - Climbing and Body Image

Will Sim on a cold morning on the Drus rock scar.  © UKC Articles

In Focus The Ghost of Bonatti - A Brief History of the Petit Dru Rock Scar

Millican Dalton.  © © FRCC archive

Millican Dalton - The Professor of Adventure

Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Scarpa Little Terra kid's boot

If you don't want to put the kids off walking for life, then make sure their boots are easy on the feet. These little brown boots score big in that regard, and our junior reviewer has been keen to wear them everywhere from summits to school.

Montane Azote 32 pack

Dan Bailey tries a new hillwalking daypack from Montane. His feelings? It's a love/hate thing. Well at least it didn't leave him indifferent.  

North York Moors

A guidebook should inform, educate and entertain, says Rob Greenwood, and Franco Cookson's guide to the North Yorks Moors does each in abundance, shining a bright light on this unjustly neglected area.

Open Comp Win an Exped Black Ice Pack

What makes Exped backpacks unique: we call it refined to the basics - clean design paired with focus on the necessary and removal of unnecessary parts and other bells and whistles. It ultimately leads to reduction in weight and use of r...

Open Comp Win a Rab Kinetic Alpine 2.0

Win a Rab Kinetic 2.0 waterproof jacket. Our softest hardshell combining exceptional breathability with waterproof protection from the elements.

Open Comp Win 1 of 2 pairs of Boreal Crux climbing shoes!

Your chance to win a pair of the new Boreal Crux, the latest high performance rock shoe from Boreal.

Gear News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Mammut Climbax: The world's first climbing tracker

Record and analyse your climbs, compare your performance with other athletes and monitor your own progress. Climbax includes two wristbands equipped with high-precision sensors to record every climbing movement. 

LifeStraw : New Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Bottles with Filter

LifeStraw : New Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Bottles with Filter

Beal VERDON II 9mm Half Ropes

Beal VERDON II 9mm is a classic half rope giving maximum security for all climbing types.

Latest Deals

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Evolv rock shoe reviews and bargains at Outside

After a frankly miserable winter stuck indoors, we've been out playing with Evolv's Zenist rock shoes.

Join The Climbing Hangar Sheffield Dream Team

Ahead of the launch of The Climbing Hangar Sheffield, the venue is recruiting for a variety of full time and part time roles.

Alpkit Store Manager - Bristol

We are looking for someone mega to drive our new Bristol location. So are you keen to get involved with Sonder and Retail? If you have a passion...

Marketing Manager: Maternity Cover, Redpoint Bristol

Our lovely Marketing Manager (Katie) is going on Maternity Leave in early September and we need someone to pick up the baton while she is away. Katie has done a lot of work preparing us for a busy winter with large events and...

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