The Road to Tokyo - The Qualifier Stories

Indonesia’s climbing hero Aries Susanti Rahayu knows she has to win the Speed event in order to have a chance at securing an Olympic spot, while USA’s Kyra Condie must defeat her teammates to stay in the running for Tokyo.

Never Say Never - Mistakes in the Mountains

What do you do when you're a qualified, established instructor and you make an error of judgement in the...

"Don't stop until you have to" – The first female Lakeland Classics round

The fifteen Lake District climbs from Ken Wilson's book 'Classic Rock' in one unbroken independent journey on foot. Done by Mandy Glanvill and Julie Carter, June 2021, in celebration of Mandy's 50th year of climbing...

Video Synthetic Insulation Explained

Rachael and Rob explain the positives and negatives of synthetic insulation and describe which jacket is appropriate for specific situations.

To Be a Climbing Mum, or Not to Be?

Nutan Shinde-Pawar discusses the difficulties many parents - and especially women - with outdoor passions and careers face when deciding whether or not to start a family... I am worried about what motherhood means for my outdoor dreams. Would it mean...

Interview Tokyo 2020 Sport Climbing on the BBC - Broadcasting an Olympic Debut

Just as the 40 climbing athletes are preparing to compete on the world's biggest sporting stage, a team of media professionals are getting ready to present our sport to the world at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this...

Alpine Preparation - Episode 5  © UKC

Montane Alpine Preparation - The advantages of block leading

Wall End Slab at Stanage with three generations  © UKC Articles

Photography Three Generations on Wall End Slab

Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Mountain packs around 40 litres

For year-round climbing, mountaineering, hillwalking and even overnight backpacking, packs around the 40 litre mark are a versatile do-it-all size. Here we put ten of the best mountain all-rounders through their paces.

Red Chili Mystix

Alan James takes a look at the new Red Chili Mystix. An indoor bouldering shoe as claimed, or an outdoor precision tool for steep sport and trad - which is it?

Black Diamond Fuel Approach Shoe

It's light and cool for summer, but though the Fuel is Black Diamond's most capable approach shoe, it's not a great choice for scrambles or mountain crags in the slippery UK hills, says Dan Bailey. Best saved for less demanding days, or hot rock trips...

Open Comp Win an Agrium Hoody to celebrate the Arc'teryx Academy: Climb Lake District

Join us on the 25th & 26th September for the Arc'teryx Academy: Climb Lake District.

Open Comp Win a pair of La Sportiva Kubos

Work on your all-round indoor game with the Kubo's, a classic training shoe and perfect for beginners.

Open Comp Win a pair of Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ poles

The Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ is our premium pole for fully adjustable, folding performance

Gear News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

8BPLUS | New Chalk Bags & Recycled Brush

2021 marks the 10th birthday of 8BPLUS. Known for their range of distinctive chalk bags and buckets, they have also have a great line of chalk products, brushes and other accessories. 

HK - Made in Sheffield Recycled Nylon Range, Organic Cottons Shorts and Tops &

HK - Made in Sheffield officially launched in March 2021, with a range of UK made sweaters promoting our ethical and environmentally friendly ethos. We have had a fantastic response from our customers...

Samaya® creates a new generation of tents with Nanovent®

Samaya® creates the Nanovent® membrane and revolutionizes the single-wall tent by offering the lightest and most compact technical equipment on the market!

Latest Deals

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Mammut Trovat GTX Boots Deal + Win a pair with Outside

Save 30% on a pair of Mammut GTX hiking boots - just £139 PLUS enter our competition to win a pair for free!

SAVE 20% on rock shoes at Outside

Brand new from Evolv, the Shaman and Oracle climbing shoes at 20% off, plus Five.Ten Hiangles only £95.

Calshot Climbing Wall Supervisor/Instructor

Calshot Activities Centre, Southampton Salary Range: £18,562 - £18,877 per annum Hours per week: 37 Contract...

Climbing Arena Supervisor - Edinburgh

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Coaching at Boulders

Boulders has a vibrant and dedicated team whose mission is to: "Give everyone the opportunity to enjoy the benefits the world of climbing has to offer and help them achieve their climbing goals, regardless of age, ability or background."

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