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Adam Ondra - The Road to Tokyo: Success and Disaster

The World Championships in Hachioji took place last month and it was the first opportunity that climbers had to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games. Undoubtedly, the biggest shock of the competition came in the men's combined qualification: Adam Ondra appeared to stand on a bolt. This meant that his Lead score was reduced to 10 and he was miles short of an Olympic qualification slot. 

Adam can still qualify for the Olympics, although his schedule has to change dramatically. He now needs to get some points from a speed competition in Xiamen, China,...

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park.  © UKC Articles

Feature PODCAST: Factor Two - S2 Episode 5: Patch Hammond - No More Heroes?

In this podcast series, Wil Treasure shares stories from the climbing world through...

Topping out on Pavey Ark after an earlier recce.  © Huw Davies
Topping out on Pavey Ark after an earlier recce.  © Huw Davies

The Langdale HVS 3 Star Round in a Day

Like many great ideas, this started as a really bad idea. Last summer's amazing weather in the Lakes meant that shaded crags were suddenly, and unusually, much in demand. This led to several visits to Neckband Crag, a location that I had previously...

Fixed rope on Pinnacle Ridge, Lakes Sky Ultra 2016  © Paul Mitchell
Fixed rope on Pinnacle Ridge, Lakes Sky Ultra 2016  © Paul Mitchell

No Climbing Experience, No Race – The Future of Extreme Skyrunning?

Skyrunning is said to be a fusion of trail running and rock climbing; an 'extreme sport' suited to adrenaline junkies who dice with death on exposed ridges and loose descents. Keri Wallace takes on the inaugural Pinnacle Ridge...

Ian coaching Karin at Mori Park.  © JLL
Ian coaching Karin at Mori Park.  © JLL

Interview Achieving Ambitions - Coaching Climbing Talent in Japan

In March 2019, GB Junior Climbing Team coach Ian Dunn was invited to coach 6 of Asia and Australia's top young climbing athletes at Mori Park in the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan, on a week-long training camp funded by international...

Tim Neill on Directes des Capucines  © Calum Muskett
Tim Neill on Directes des Capucines  © Calum Muskett

High Altitude and Acclimatisation Part 4 - Training and Preparation for High-Altitude

In the final part of our four-part series on acclimatisation, Jamie Macdonald (high altitude physiologist at Bangor University) and Calum Muskett (professional climber and mountaineering instructor),...

Cities, seas and sit starts.  © Simon Slater

Destination Guide Helsinki Bouldering

Crag Notes  © Tessa Lyons

Crag Notes - August is upon us...

A typical visit to a sport crag.  © Adam Perrett

10 Things to Do at a Sport Crag

Iraq's first climbing school.  © Aso Golmohamad

Iraq's First Mountaineering and Climbing School


Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

The 900-fill down is good and lofty  © Toby Archer

Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 32F/0C Sleeping Bag & NeoAir UberLite Mat

Toby Archer sleeps lightly, with a down bag that offers an impressive warmth for its minimal weight and a mat that's billed as the "lightest insulated air mattress available".

Testing the Super DS Climb Jacket on a breezy Skye evening  © Dan Bailey
Testing the Super DS Climb Jacket on a breezy Skye evening  © Dan Bailey

Mountain Hardwear Super DS Climb Jacket

This hybrid jacket combines both down and synthetic insulation, and boasts an interesting woven baffle construction. But is it a climbing jacket or something more general purpose? Neither Dan Bailey nor Mountain Hardwear really seem to know.

The Volta is a good durable triple-rated rope for UK trad  © Tom Ripley
The Volta is a good durable triple-rated rope for UK trad  © Tom Ripley

Petzl VOLTA 9.2mm & VOLTA GUIDE 9mm Triple Rated Ropes

From Red Rocks to the Alps, UK trad to Scottish winter, Tom Ripley conducts a long-term test on these two triple-rated ropes.


Open Comp Win a Montane Prism Jacket

A modern outdoor classic, the Prism Jacket has been a staple in the outdoor enthusiast's kit bag for years due to its versatility and near-perfect balance of warmth, weight and packability.

Raphaela Haug on Hydrophobia, Ghost Valley, Canada  © Lukasz Warzecha
Raphaela Haug on Hydrophobia, Ghost Valley, Canada  © Lukasz Warzecha

Open Comp Win a Mountain Equipment Tupilak Jacket (Men's or Women's)

Mountain Equipment have been at the leading edge of waterproof design for over forty years. We made some of the first truly waterproof and breathable clothing in the world and set the standard for others to follow.

Open Comp Win a pair of Hanwag Tatra II GTX boots

As temperatures drop and the nights grow darker, UKC has teamed up with Hanwag to offer one user the chance to win a brand-new pair of the brand's bestselling Tatra II GTX boots.


Gear News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

Phantom Tech  © Scarpa

Scarpa Phantom Tech

The Phantom Tech is a super light, technically precise, gaitered boot for cold weather mountaineering and ice climbing. The new waterproof gaiter design uses PU Tek technology to create a lightweight but extremely durable outer with a high degree ...

Beal SHADOW SOFT Action   © Beal
Beal SHADOW SOFT Action   © Beal

Beal KARMA 9.8mm single climbing rope, helps you get used to smaller rope diameter

It offers the perfect compromise between handling and thinness for climbers wanting to progress.

Muztag GTX Jacket  © Rab
Muztag GTX Jacket  © Rab

The Next Generation of Rab

Since our founding in 1981 we have worked at the forefront of insulation technology, becoming masters of our craft. Developing cutting-edge insulation designs requires the same approach that we bring to the mountains. Moving constantly forward with careful...


JOBS: Commercial Studio Photographer
JOBS: Commercial Studio Photographer

Commercial Studio Photographer

Equip Outdoor Technologies UK Ltd specialises in the design and supply of technical outdoor clothing, packs and equipment under two leading brands - Rab and Lowe Alpine. We have an excellent opportunity for an experienced studio photographer to join our team...

JOBS: Head of Development, Rab
JOBS: Head of Development, Rab

Head of Development, Rab

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

Duty Manager - Redpoint Bristol  © Redpoint Bristol
Duty Manager - Redpoint Bristol  © Redpoint Bristol

Duty Manager - Redpoint Bristol

Duty Manager Vacancy - Redpoint Bristol Start Date 1st November 2019Training From 22nd October 2019 - dependent on experience About us We are a...