FIRST LOOK: New Packs for 2023

At the Outdoor Trade Show in Liverpool, we were shown a range of new packs for 2023, from Mammut's bombproof crag pack, to Salewa's fast and light model, and Rab's new, innovative running range.

Fastpacking - Without a Pack

Whether or not you're reconciled to the term 'fastpacking', there's an undeniable attraction to the ethos, which combines the light-footed...

Mountain Literature Classics: Annapurna by Maurice Herzog

"Himalayan climbing books are a bit like bad video games" says Ronald Turnbull. "Plodding uphill, in a snowstorm, not really knowing where you are; and then pouf! You're dead. What is it about this one that has sold 11 million copies, making...

Interview Katie Mackay - 1st Woman to Complete a sub-24hr Lake District Classic Rock Challenge

Katie Mackay, partnered with Arthur Jones, recently completed the Lake District Classic Rock Challenge, becoming the first woman to finish in under 24 hours. Katie led every pitch and recorded a total...

Mountain Literature Classics: the Alpine Drawings of Samivel

Ronald Turnbull is carried to an idealised alpine age by the mountain drawings of French cartoonist Samivel, in his book Sous L'Oeil des Choucas, ou Les plaisirs de l'alpinisme (under the eye of the chough, or the pleasures of...

Destination Guide Sicily

Massimo Cappuccio shares his guide to climbing on Sicily, an increasingly popular Mediterranean climbing destination.

The Shining Mountain  © Main photo: Doug Scott

Mountain Literature Classics: The Shining Mountain

May not be as midge-free as the pub, but it's a darn sight cheaper  © Fliss Freeborn

Skills Channel Your Inner Dirtbag: How to Save Money in the Outdoors

The Black Carls - easy but quite exciting  © Dan Bailey -

Classic Scramble - A Beinn Eighe Link-up

Portrait of Anne Lister by Joshua Horner.   © Portrait by Joshua Horner, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Trailblazing Mountaineering Women - Anne Lister and Ann Walker

Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Dolomite Crodarossa Hi GTX Boot

As a confirmed shoe-over-boot user, the somewhat sceptical Alan James tries the stiffer, high cuff alternative to his current favourite approach shoe - the Crodarossa from Dolomite. Will he be converted to boots for long hill days and scramblin...

Scarpa Quantic and Quantix SF - a comparative test

Combining solid mid-range performance with all-day comfort, the Quantic and Quantix SF both represent a bit of a triumph in terms of rock shoe design, says Toby Archer. But which is better on the grit, and which does he prefer for edgier...

Montane Pac Plus XT Jacket and Trousers

If you want one set of waterproofs to cover everything from summer walking to winter mountaineering, the Pac Plus XT should be high on the shortlist. Light and packable enough to carry just in case, yet tough enough for climbing and scrambling; well...

Open Comp Win a pair of Dolomite Velocissima

Velocissima, an Italian-made shoe that ably combines over a century of artisanal skills at Dolomite with the very latest construction technology, striking the perfect balance between climbing and trekking, tradition and innovation, perf...

Open Comp Mountain Equipment Orcus Pack Competition

Win a Mountain Equipment Orcus Pack!

Open Comp Win a Pair of Men's or Women's Technician Leather Approach Shoes

Engineered for precision, the Black Diamond Technician Leather is built for durability and comfort, with super sticky rubber for technical approaches. Here's your chance to win a pair...

Gear News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

40% off Walking books at guidebooks at Vertebrate Publishing

Looking for a full-value day out in the UK's most spectacular and unspoiled settings? Want to take on a peak bagging challenge or walk the length of one Europe's iconic long-distance trails?  All walking books by Vertebrate Publishing are avail...

New edition of Rockfax Chamonix + free on Rockfax Digital until 16 July

The new Chamonix Rockfax is due to be published early in July. This is a major update from the 2016 edition with two major new areas, new action photographs, enhanced maps and much more all covered in 56 extra...

Mammut We Care rope

Single rope made with responsible use of resources

Latest Deals

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

5.10 Rock Shoe Deals

With the summer months rolling in, save over 30% on Five Ten rock shoes!

Climbing Wall Supervisor and Instructor Calshot

Salary Range: £18,877 - £19,208 per annum (Plus 50% enhancement of pay for Sundays and 100% enhancement for any bank holidays...

Live and work year round in the stunning French Alps!

Builders, joiners and carpenters: Would you love to work on high end chalet renovations with Mont Blanc as your backdrop?  Fancy spending...

Climbing Instructors - Big Rock, Milton Keynes

Big Rock in Milton Keynes has a reputation for quality climbing and community spirit. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to climb...

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