A Massive Change - The New GORE-TEX ePE Membrane

In the last few months, you may have noticed that a new GORE-TEX membrane has begun to enter the market. But what's the difference between this new technology and those that the brand have used to date? Well, it's complicated. It's important to be aware of the background to the new Gore-Tex ePE membrane and its PFC-free DWR treatment if you're to understand why they have made the move, why brands are adopting it, and why it should be of interest and relevance to us when we next come around to buying a waterproof jacket.

Did Downclimbing Apes help Evolve our Ultra-Mobile Human Arms?

Natural selection favoured Great Apes with more mobile upper limb joints that enabled safe...

Mountain Literature Classics: Free Solo with Alex Honnold

"If a 90-minute movie can be considered as a Literary Classic, then 'Free Solo' is a classic. And if it can't – too bad, because Free Solo's a classic anyway" reckons Ronald Turnbull. But try as we might, it's hard for most of us to fathom...

Interview Richard Hartfield - Solo Scrambling and Backpacking 1900km Across the Alps

In summer 2021 Richard Hartfield completed a two-month journey east-to-west along the length of the Alps, from Slovenia to the Mediterranean coast of France, a backpacking, bivvying and mountaineering epic of...

Destination Guide Skye cracks

Beyond the lure of the Cuillin, and along the A855 past Portree, lies a truly Jurassic coastline with a lifetime of climbing potential, both in established climbs and new routes.

Cereal Bars, Ranked

Walker, runner or climber; pretty much everyone snacks on bars. Easy to carry and quick to eat, they are a convenient source of calories. But nutrition, taste and value all vary a lot. Fliss Freeborn field-tests some of the most commonly available options. If you assume that more...

Dàna - Scotland's Wild Places: Scottish Climbing on the BBC

Destination Guide Chamonix 'Classic' Alpinism: The Best Alpine Routes at AD / D

Feature Our Top Picks for Kendal Mountain Festival 2023

The Heart of Nature - Climbing as a Paradigm of the Human Condition

Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Mountain Equipment Tupilak 14 Vest Pack

"You'd get the most out of this pack if you like keeping things fast, efficient, and minimalist. If you are inclined to take one of those big tartan flasks for your tea then this is definitely not for you..." Dave Saunders reviews a small pack ...

Rab Latok Paclite Plus - Best Sub-300g Shell for Mountaineering?

An exceptionally light mountain shell, with a great active cut and a surprisingly affordable price tag, the Latok Paclite Plus is hard to fault as a minimal climbing jacket, finds Toby Archer.

Built to Send X2 Pack

"Built To Send have created a surprisingly simple piece of equipment, but one made from the highest quality materials, and with a level of care and deliberation that sets it apart" says Toby Archer. If you too favour the unashamedly durable and functional (at a price),...

Open Comp Win a Pair of Unparallel Souped Up

The Unparallel Souped UP is an ultra high performance, super soft modern climbing shoe designed to crush on indoor comp-style boulder problems as well as softer, slopier rock types outdoors. Here's your chance to win a pair.

Open Comp Win one of Rab's cutting-edge Mythic G Jackets

Rab's Mythic G is the next evolution of their award-winning Mythic family, offering featherlight, packable performance. Here's your chance to win one.

Open Comp Win a Suunto x Mammut Vertical Titanium Watch

Swiss outdoor company Mammut and Finnish technology brand Suunto are jointly unveiling the new Suunto Vertical sports watch as a limited edition in the Mammut design. Based on the Mammut Eiger Extreme collection, the new Suunto x Mammut...

Gear News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

The Great Wilderness Book - Photographs of the Scottish Highlands

"The Great Wilderness" is a luxury hardback photography book depicting one of Scotland's most remote mountain areas. It shows the Highlands at their most beautiful during ephemeral moments of light, dramatic weather and seasonal...

Tenaya Approach Shoes: Tenerife, Nes and Mojocar

From the beginning, Tenaya has always put 100% effort into developing the best possible product to help all climbers improve their performance. The same dedication to design can also be seen in our lifestyle footwear. 

Latest Deals

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Save 43% on a pair of La Sportiva Katanas

Latest deal at Outside - get yourself a pair of bargain price La Sportiva Katanas - just £79!

Save 40% on La Sportiva G5 Evo Boots

Latest deal just arrived at Outside - save £££ on a pair of La Sportiva G5 Evo mountaineering boots - grab them while we've got your size!

Black Diamond Vapor Helmet Mega Deal!

Providing ultralight, low-profile protection, unparalleled ventilation and a secure and super-comfortable fit, the Black Diamond Vapor helmet is a go-anywhere cragging lid that proves helmets aren't just for multi-pitch trad climbs and big...

Climbing Wall Supervisor / Instructor, Southampton

Job Details: Salary Range: £22,737 – £23,058 per annum (Plus 50% enhancement of pay for Sundays and 100%...

Duty Manager at Boulders Cheltenham

Duty Manager   Description This is a 'whole of service' role. Working as one of several Duty Managers, you will be responsible for the delivery...

Impact Regional Route Setting Manager - South West and Wales

We’re excited to announce an opportunity to become a Regional Route Setting Manager here at Impact. As our offering expands, we’re...

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