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Packing for Sport Climbing | Rab Gear Guide

Rob Greenwood talks through what he would pack for a day of sport climbing. He explains, in detail, what equipment will be needed and why, plus gives a few tips from his experiences.

The Drive to Climb

Jules McKim writes about shifting gears and his evolving motivation for climbing... "Are climbing days what...

Podcast Mountain Air - 1: The First Black African on the Roof of the World

For the first episode of Mountain Air, a podcast series recorded in association with UKHillwalking, Dan Aspel talks with Sibusiso Vilane. In 2003 Vilane became the first black African to summit Everest, a huge deal for...

Crag Notes North of the Wall at Crag Lough

In this month's Crag Notes, Peter Goulding heads North of the Wall in Northumberland, to Crag Lough. "There's plenty there, especially in mid or lower grades, but the North facing location, loneliness, and scratchy plants give it a feeling of entry-level...

In a White Out

"I ascended through deep snow with white above me, white below, white enveloping my every side, and with the white noise of the wind and the blood pulsing in my ears, I had entered what seemed like an ante-room between lives, in utero." David Canning tells the story behind...

Bringing Back the Birch Belt - Scotland's Lost Mountain Woodland

Natural woodland at high elevations has been regenerating for decades in Norway, while in Scotland it's almost extinct. But with help, Scotland's montane birch woods could be brought back to life, says Dr. Duncan...

Liam Fyfe flying in the Preseli's, Grass Gulley 6c+, Presseli  © simon rawlinson

Destination Guide Destination Article: South Wales Bouldering

Scrambling in the Aiguilles Rouges, Chamonix.   © Mountain Equipment/Dark Sky Media

The Highs and Lows of COP26 - Mountains and Beyond

Kendal people  © UKC Articles

10 People You'll Meet at Kendal Mountain Festival 2021


Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

3RD ROCK Jeans - Fitz and Mercury

The Fitz and Mercury are extremely stretchy, high-quality denim climbing jeans. They both use the same EcoMORPH Denim but the cut and appearance of the jeans is vasty different, says Theo Moore. One he wasn't keen on; the other are his favourit...

Black Diamond Onsight 375 headtorch

Though aimed at rock climbing, the Onsight 375 is equally good for other uses, says Dan Bailey. It won't win the lumens arms race, but this robust and weatherproof model would make a solid main light for winter climbing and hillwalking, and its ability to...

Mountain Equipment Alpamayo and Fitzroy Jackets

Among midweight synthetic insulated jackets for winter climbing and all-round mountain use, the Fitzroy has long been a benchmark. Warmer, lighter, and more weatherproof, the new design improves on the old classic. Joining it this season...


Open Comp Win a Mountain Equipment Fitzroy Jacket or Alpamayo Women's Jacket!

The product of 60 years of expertise in insulated clothing, our range of synthetic insulation has been carefully crafted to provide outstanding warmth and weather protection in even the most hostile conditions.

Open Comp LifeStraw - Win a Set of LifeStraw Products

LifeStraw is well known for its support for humanitarian projects - by way of a thank you, here is your chance to win a set of LifeStraw products so that you too can have safe, clean water to drink wherever you travel and whatever your...

Open Comp Win a Pair of Trango Raptor Ice Tools

The Raptor is our all-around ice and mixed tool. Here's your chance to win a pair, just in time for winter...


Gear News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

66°North Snæfell jacket

Made from Polartec NeoShell®, the Snæfel...

Nalgene Sustain - Built with a certified 50% recycled material

Fully committed to the circular economy, Nalgene have pioneered the use of Tritan Renew resin to construct their iconic drinks bottle. Built with a certified 50% material recycled from waste plastic, Nalgene Sustain...

Give your outdoor gear and footwear its winter service with Nikwax.

The Nikwax Essentials kit is the ultimate all-round service for your outdoor wardrobe.


Latest Deals

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Buy a pair of Scarpa mountaineering boots and save 30% on Grivel Air-Tech cra

Are you ready for winter? Save 10% on a pair of Scarpa...

Save £85 - Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Pullover 50% Off!

Just arrived at Outside - bag a bargain down layer from Outdoor Research

Moon Crash Mats 12% off at Outside

Bouldering season is upon us, so we've knocked some money off Moon bouldering mats for you


Route Setters - Parthian Climbing Reading and Southampton

We're looking for route setters to join the teams in Reading and Southampton!

Climbing Instructor - Golden Gecko Climbing, Romsey

Golden Gecko Climbing Ltd is an exciting indoor climbing and bouldering centre that opened in Romsey in 2015. It provides access to the sport of climbing and the development of climbing skills to people of all ages and abilities.

Digital Manager, Moon Climbing

As our Digital Manager you will be responsible for integrating and coordinating all our digital assets to raise brand awareness, increase sales, grow the customer base and improve user experience.

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