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UKC/UKH 2019 Readership Survey is LIVE

Since 2010 UKC/UKH have carried out a readership survey every three years and it is now time for a new one. To help improve UKC/UKH we need to know all about you: what activities you do, what sort of gear you buy and what you think about us. In return we're able to offer a wide selection of prizes, courtesy of the many brands that work with us on site.


Latest News

News from around the world
Tomoa Naraksaki Font 8B+ Flash  © shintaozawa

Font 8B+ Flash for Tomoa Narasaki

Japanese climber Tomoa Narasaki, best known for his outstanding competition results, has joined a group of elite climbers who have flashed Font 8B+. The problem he flashed was called Decided in the...

Whoever gets in, we can expect more tradeoffs between landscape amenity and renewable energy  © Dan Bailey
Whoever gets in, we can expect more tradeoffs between landscape amenity and renewable energy  © Dan Bailey

Election 2019 - What Do Party Promises Mean for the Outdoors?

With a General Election in the offing, we trawl through the manifestos to look at what the main parties are offering from our niche perspective of the outdoors.

French Speed star Bassa Mawem will join his brother Mickaël in Tokyo 2020.   © Eddie Fowke/IFSC
French Speed star Bassa Mawem will join his brother Mickaël in Tokyo 2020.   © Eddie Fowke/IFSC

IFSC Combined Qualifier Toulouse - Report

IFSC commentator Charlie Boscoe sums up the final competition of the 2019 IFSC season - and what an event it was. A further 12 Olympic quota places were decided, with plenty of drama... Sport is rarely about everything going perfectly and you...

Moonboard Masters 2019  © Moon
Moonboard Masters 2019  © Moon

MoonBoard Masters 2019 Highlights Premiere

The 2019 MoonBoard Masters competition came to a head on Saturday 30 November with the broadcast of the men's and women's...

The North Face Presents: Lhotse  © The North Face
The North Face Presents: Lhotse  © The North Face

Fri Night Vid Climbing and Skiing Lhotse

Our Friday Night Video this week takes us to the Himalaya and the world's 4th highest peak: Lhotse. In 2018, Hilaree Nelson and...

Brad Gobright in Indian Creek  © Gramicci
Brad Gobright in Indian Creek  © Gramicci

Brad Gobright dies in Accident in El Potrero Chico

31-year-old American climber Brad Gobright has died in an accident while descending on the classic multipitch...

Video

Rab: Preparing for Winter - Circuit Training

Greg Boswell takes us through his tips for getting ready for winter climbing. In this episode, he discusses the importance of circuit training and gives some advice on how to vary your training; from replicating time spent on a climb to the importance of core strength.

Preparing for Winter = Circuit Training  © UKC

Video Preparing for Winter - Greg Boswell: Circuit Training

Greg Boswell takes us through his tips for getting ready for winter climbing. In this episode, he discusses...

The Standing Stones of Callanish.  © Sarah-Jane Dobner
The Standing Stones of Callanish.  © Sarah-Jane Dobner

Feature The Western Isles: Checkmate

Sarah-Jane Dobner takes a trip to the fringes of the Scottish isles... Skye and the Outer Hebrides win. Passionate as a chess game. Laid bare to light and dark and wind and rain. So unmarked by modernity you could be in any era, any epoch, any time of your...

The team with Koyo Zom in the background.  © Uisdean Hawthorn
The team with Koyo Zom in the background.  © Uisdean Hawthorn

The Great Game - First Ascents in Pakistan

Tom Livingstone recounts an eventful trip to Pakistan this autumn, where he and Ally Swinton made a first ascent on the unclimbed North-west face of Koyo Zom. WARNING: This article contains images of injuries which some squeamish readers might...

Auto belays have simplified route climbing, but safe use of them relies on us giving our full attention.  © The Climbing Academy
Auto belays have simplified route climbing, but safe use of them relies on us giving our full attention.  © The Climbing Academy

When You Forget to Attach to the Autobelay: No-Clip Falls

A new video released by The Climbing Academy (TCA) Glasgow highlights a worrying trend in indoor climbing accidents: people are forgetting to clip into the auto belay tape and are effectively soloing auto belay lines. The more...

UKC Readership Survey  © UKC
UKC Readership Survey  © UKC

Survey Readership Survey 2019

Since 2010 UKC/UKH have carried out a readership survey every three years and it is now time for a new one. To help improve UKC/UKH we need to know all about you: what activities you do, what sort of gear you buy and what you think about us. In return we're able to...

Tess tethered at Jerry's Roof, Llanberis Pass.  © Pete Edwards

Who Let the Dogs Out: How to be a Responsible Crag Dog Owner

Crag Notes: Shadowplay  © Andy Moles

Crag Notes: Shadowplay

Sunrise this morning over hen cloud from the Roaches  © Mike Hutton Images

Opinion The Landscapes Review - The Future of National Parks is in Our Hands

Katie Ives, Editor-in-Chief of Alpinist magazine.  © Chris Weidner

Reading Between the Lines - Katie Ives


Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes - Women's/LV Fit

In this group test we compare nine pairs of performance shoes with a women's / low volume fit. How did they all do...?

Women's crag clothing BD montage  © Miriam Dobson
Women's crag clothing BD montage  © Miriam Dobson

Black Diamond Crag Clothes for Women

From the tough, stretchy Forged Denim Pants to a light softshell jacket, Kate Dean puts a selection of Black Diamond's women's rock clothes through their paces.

Whether on the mountains or closer to home, a decent long walker's jacket is always going to be useful  © Rob Greenwood
Whether on the mountains or closer to home, a decent long walker's jacket is always going to be useful  © Rob Greenwood

Sprayway Torridon

The Torridon jacket is a new take on an old hillwalking stalwart, a winning combination of sensible old school features and modern materials. As it comes in both men's and women's versions, we thought we'd test one of each...


Salopettes Action 1  © Paramo

Open Comp Win a pair of Páramo Enduro Salopettes

When working hard in extreme conditions, you need legwear which will offer all-day comfort, unrestricted movement and protection from cold and wet conditions.

Muddy Boots  © Nikwax
Muddy Boots  © Nikwax

Open Comp Win a Nikwax Footwear Bundle

In this competition Nikwax are giving you the chance to win a bundle of their aftercare products including: Footwear Cleaning Gel, Waterproofing Wax for Leather and Fabric & Leather Proof.

Rime Action Shot  © Mammut
Rime Action Shot  © Mammut

Open Comp Win a Mammut Rime Pro IN Hybrid or Flex Hooded Insulated Jacket

Ice-covered rock faces or frosty bivouac nights: The Rime Pro IN Hybrid Hooded Jacket will be your companion whatever the terrain. With the sophisticated body mapping/hybrid concept, the jacket looks good even in wet, cold...


Gear News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

Inferno 3 x 2  © Lorpen

Lorpen Inferno Socks

To create the ultimate insulation system, Polartec Powerstretch is combined with Primaloft to deliver unprecedented performance in extreme cold conditions. Tested on climbs over 8,000m these socks have been engineered to function in the coldest en...

Scarpa Veloce

The Veloce offers comfort and technology with special focus on indoor climbing. A slightly downturned shape with an extra spacy toe box is the secret to its high level of comfort.

Half Dome  © Tessa Lyons
Half Dome  © Tessa Lyons

5 Best-selling Tessa Lyons Crag Prints AVAILABLE NOW

Get some presents sorted, feed an artist, everyone's a winner! These prints serve as a little reminder of the landscapes that we all love, an ideal Christmas gift for climbers and mountain lovers.


JOBS: TCA Bristol – Counter Staff  © The Climbing Academy
JOBS: TCA Bristol – Counter Staff  © The Climbing Academy

TCA Bristol – Counter Staff

At TCA we are always looking for some passionate people to join our team. We are looking for individuals to work across both of our busy centres in Bristol as part-time counter staff. The includes the Mothership - our bouldering centre which recently expanded...

JOBS: TCA Bristol part time Instructor/Coach  © The Climbing Academy
JOBS: TCA Bristol part time Instructor/Coach  © The Climbing Academy

TCA Bristol part time Instructor/Coach

PART-TIME CLIMBING INSTRUCTOR/COACHGeneral Description At TCA we are always looking for some passionate coaches and instructors to join our vibrant...

3rd Rock logo 3x2  © 3RD ROCK
3rd Rock logo 3x2  © 3RD ROCK

Business Developer, Part-Time - 3RD ROCK

3RD ROCK is a sustainable activewear brand bringing innovation to active, fun-filled lives. Based in Derbyshire, we aspire to make you look great,...