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Steve McClure: GreatNess Wall (E10 7a)

A short film of Steve McClure on GreatNess Wall (E10 7a) filmed by Keith Sharples. He was going to take pictures but thought a fall from the last move would look far better...

Speaking to UKC, Steve described the route as 'a total face climb, plum vertical, 18m high, with a horizontal break crossing the whole cliff at about 12m. This break divides the route into two completely different halves, fortunately with an excellent (preplaced) thread. Poor footholds with fast hand moves between the bad edges, hard foot swaps, where if your feet go you are absolutely certainly out of...

Self portrait as an anti-selfie, Cederberg, South Africa  © Dave Pickford

Opinion Outside The Panopticon: An argument for living and climbing without social media

David Pickford explains why, in his view, social media is detrimental to...

Fulmar  © Brian
Fulmar  © Brian

How to Identify Common Seabirds

Whether it's a coastal walk or a sea cliff adventure, you're bound to encounter seabirds on any day out to the British coast. But can you tell your guillemot from your gannet? As a supplement to our guides on moorland birds and upland raptors, the RSPB has made us a...

Antoine mid-solo  © Antoine Le Menestrel Collection/Jibe Tribout
Antoine mid-solo  © Antoine Le Menestrel Collection/Jibe Tribout

Antoine Le Menestrel's Diary: Soloing Revelations

Released a few weeks ago, our new documentary 'Statement of Youth' chronicles some of the key moments in the development of British sport climbing. One of the most important episodes in the film, and a pivotal event in climbing history, is...

Interview Nicky Spinks on Her Historic Triple Double

In mid May, Nicky Spinks completed a double lap of the Paddy Buckley Round to become the first person to do a double on all three classic British 24-hour hill routes, and cementing her reputation as possibly our greatest ever long distance hill...

Here, the index finger of the left hand is removed...  © Nick Brown - UKC
Here, the index finger of the left hand is removed...  © Nick Brown - UKC

Skills Handholds and Grip Technique - Part 3

When planning this series, I completely underestimated how much space would need to be devoted to grip technique. Sure enough, the first article was taken up by the different methods for holding edges, the second was focused on other holds (slopers,...

Alan Arnette on the summit of Everest in 2011.  © Alan Arnette

"Death, Carnage, Chaos": Analysing the 2019 Himalayan Climbing Season

Glen Etive - it's certainly scenic, but how 'wild' is it?  © Dan Bailey

Opinion It's Time to Go Beyond 'Wilderness'

El Capitan.  © UKC Articles

Interview Factor Two - S2 Episode 4: No More Worlds - Leo Houlding

Ally Swinton climbing Castor.  © Calum Muskett

Skills High Altitude and Acclimatisation Part 2 - Adapting to High Altitude


Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Whilst the pack is indeed well suited for trad, it's suitable for a range of activities  © UKC Gear

Mountain Equipment Ogre 33+ Pack

Last year Mountain Equipment released the Tupilak Pack to much fanfare. It's at the cutting edge of design, material and technology. However, it comes at a cost. Calls for a more affordable alternative have now been met with the Ogre. So how did R...

V2 Suilven thumbnail  © Dan Bailey
V2 Suilven thumbnail  © Dan Bailey

Anatom V2 Suilven Boots

The V2 Suilven is a really decent lightweight summer walking boot at a price you just can't argue with, says Dan Bailey

The Kinetic Alpine Jacket + Pants in use on a typical British day: bit of rain, bit of sun, bit of everything!  © UKC Gear
The Kinetic Alpine Jacket + Pants in use on a typical British day: bit of rain, bit of sun, bit of everything!  © UKC Gear

Rab Kinetic Alpine Jacket & Pants

We so often hear of revolutionary new fabrics that it's hard not to be cynical. But Rab's Proflex fabric really is a step forward, says Rob Greenwood, combining the breathability of softshell with the waterproofness of a hard shell.


Gear News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

Trea Spine Action  © Mammut

Mammut Trion and Trea Spine 35 Packs

The Trion Spine 35 will take even difficult ascents in its stride. Thanks to a suspension system featuring the Active Spine Technology and integrated height adjustment, the backpack allows greater freedom of movement for the shoulders and hips, re...

EDELRID athlete Tommy Caldwell putting the Giga Jul to use  © EDELRID
EDELRID athlete Tommy Caldwell putting the Giga Jul to use  © EDELRID

The GIGA JUL: A new innovation from EDELRID

The Giga Jul combines all the advantages of our best-selling Mega Jul with those of a standard tuber.

INSECT SHIELD Travel Sheets  © Cocoon
INSECT SHIELD Travel Sheets  © Cocoon

Cocoon Sleep Accessories - three of the best!

Three sleep accessories from Cocoon for the best nights sleep.


JOBS: Sales Office Administrator - German Speaking, Equip UK, Peak District
JOBS: Sales Office Administrator - German Speaking, Equip UK, Peak District

Sales Office Administrator - German Speaking, Equip UK, Peak District

The UK Sales office is based just outside The Peak District National Park off jct28 of the M1corridor and is responsible for customer service to an International customer base and administration of a global order book.

JOBS: Rab Product Administrator Vacancy, Alfreton
JOBS: Rab Product Administrator Vacancy, Alfreton

Rab Product Administrator Vacancy, Alfreton

Combining years of experience with the latest technologies and fabrics, we are proud to create ground breaking products that revolutionise the way people dress in the mountains. Always embracing innovation our clothing and equipment shows a deep...

Hospitality & Catering Assistants  © FSC
Hospitality & Catering Assistants  © FSC

Hospitality and Catering Assistants, Blencathra Field Centre (Threlkeld)

Blencathra Field Centre (Threlkeld) is recruiting for a number of vacancies.