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Seb Bouin - La Rage D'Adam 9b/+

The Verdon Gorge is Seb Bouin's favourite place to climb, its where he has climbed many of his hardest routes and some of the hardest routes in France. 4 years ago his journey began trying to climb what he would go on to climb La Rage D'Adam, the cruxy overhanging route which he has now made the first ascent of and given a grade of 9b/+, making it one of the hardest sport climbs in France. And after his recent history of climbing Move 9b/+, Patanics, 9a+/b and Mamichula 9b we reckon he might be onto one...

A party on Costa Blanca (6c+) on the Peñón.  © Sarah-Jane Dobner

Feature Costa Blanca - Book of Wonders

Sarah-Jane Dobner reflects on a sun-rock trip to Costa Blanca... Costa Blanca is my happy place. A refuge in winter,...

Matt Cooke on Relapse (8a) with the stunning backdrop of Pha Tam Kam valley  © Tom Skelhon
Matt Cooke on Relapse (8a) with the stunning backdrop of Pha Tam Kam valley  © Tom Skelhon

Destination Guide Sport Climbing in Thakhek – South East Asia's best sport climbing?

Since the Democratic Republic of Laos opened its borders to tourism in the mid '90s, and first route development in 2010, Thakhek is a relatively new destination and is fast becoming one of the top sport climbing...

Damian Hall completing his record breaking Winter Paddy Buckley Round  © https://www.inov-8.com/
Damian Hall completing his record breaking Winter Paddy Buckley Round  © https://www.inov-8.com/

Interview Damian Hall on the Paddy Buckley, Baking Brownies, & Extinction Rebellion

Damian Hall recently completed a record breaking winter Paddy Buckley Round, finishing in a time of 21:20:30 - 7 minutes ahead of Jim Mann's previous fastest known time. We caught up with him to find out more.

Lyndsay on Puma Crack, Indian Creek.  © Ari Schneider
Lyndsay on Puma Crack, Indian Creek.  © Ari Schneider

Gender Bias in Climbing Media - A Study

Climbing coach and writer Ari Schneider explores gender bias in climbing media and reveals the results of a small study he conducted into bias in online articles. I decided to read and analyse 80 news articles, twenty each, from four climbing media...

A figure of eight in pressure-sensing fibre validates the research team's virtual model.  © MIT
A figure of eight in pressure-sensing fibre validates the research team's virtual model.  © MIT

Knot Theory, in Practice - Studying The Mechanics of Knots

Experiments with psychedelic, colour-changing fibres and spaghetti might sound more akin to child's play than to serious scientific research, but a team of mathematicians and engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in...

Grouse - what it's all about  © Scottish Land and Estates

Opinion Grouse Moors - Benign Tradition or Eco Disaster?

La Rage d'Adam 9b/+, Ramirole, Verdon Gorge.  © Julia Cassou

Feature Nobody's Wing Man: Seb Bouin - The Story so Far

L’Ultimo Jolly at Bausu Centrale, Val Pennavaire  © James Rushforth

Destination Guide Val Pennavaire - Finale Ligure's Lesser-Known Neighbour

Gri Gri Plus in use  © UKC Gear

Decking Out: Battling Complacency and Taboo in Climbing Culture


Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

You can pull the sleeves up, but only so far...  © Dan Bailey

Mountain Equipment Kinesis Jacket

"The Kinesis is Mountain Equipment's latest take on the now ubiquitous weatherproof-outer-plus-fleecy-inner style of softshell, and it's probably one of the best I've used" says Dan Bailey.

Theo's loving his jacket  © Mike Hutton
Theo's loving his jacket  © Mike Hutton

Arc'teryx Proton LT Hoody

A breathable lightweight synthetic jacket designed for active use, we've found the Proton LT equally handy both as a winter mountain midlayer and as a stand-alone outer for cool days at the crag.

The drawstring is easy to use one-handed  © Dan Bailey
The drawstring is easy to use one-handed  © Dan Bailey

Rab Pivot GTX & Guide II GTX Gloves

Rab recently updated their glove range to include a number of Gore-Tex lined models for the first time. Dan Bailey looks at two of the more Scottish winter-oriented models, the chunky Guide 2 GTX and the lighter, more technical Pivot GTX.


Steinbock WT GTX 1  © DOLOMITE

Open Comp Win a pair of the brand new Dolomite Steinbock WT GTX

Steinbock WT GTX, the jewel in the crown of Dolomite's hiking section. A lightweight, high-performance shoe, perfect for one-day excursions or mountain trail walking. The ideal product for meeting every need and guaranteeing the best hiking experi...

Free Hiker Product 1  © adidas Terrex
Free Hiker Product 1  © adidas Terrex

Open Comp Win a pair of adidas Terrex FREE HIKER Parley

These lightweight hiking shoes deliver freedom of movement and long-distance comfort for all terrains. The sock-like adidas Primeknit upper conforms to the foot and complements the responsive Boost midsole for extended comfort and energy...

Nuclei FL Action 1  © Arc'teryx
Nuclei FL Action 1  © Arc'teryx

Open Comp Win an Arc'teryx Nuclei FL Jacket

Back by popular demand after a three-year hiatus, the Nuclei FL Jacket returns to provide warmth. Made with best in class materials to deliver the greatest possible warmth-to-weight ratio that synthetic insulation has to offer.


Gear News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

Nuclei FL Action 2  © Arc'teryx

Arc'teryx Nuclei FL Jacket

Back by popular demand after a three-year hiatus, the Nuclei FL Jacket returns to provide warmth. Made with best in class materials to deliver the greatest possible warmth-to-weight ratio that synthetic insulation has to offer.

Wild Country Zero Friends comprehensively reviewed at Outside

New in at Outside, check out the latest tiny cams from Wild Country; a refined piece of gear that draws inspiration from every micro-cam before it.

Phantom Thumb  © Beal
Phantom Thumb  © Beal

Beal PHANTOM harness using Recycled Polyester fabric

Lightweight and compact harness for high level sport climbing.


C# Developer - Spring/Summer 2020 in Chamonix  © benbellamy1987
C# Developer - Spring/Summer 2020 in Chamonix  © benbellamy1987

C# Developer - Spring/Summer 2020 in Chamonix

C# developers in Chamonix, France 28 hours per week Approximately 6 months: April to September 2020 ... but dates are flexible for the right...

Boulders Cheltenham is now hiring!  © HR@Boulders
Boulders Cheltenham is now hiring!  © HR@Boulders

Boulders Cheltenham is now hiring!

Established in 2008, Boulders has helped to grow and support the South Wales climbing community for 12 years. Building on the success of our centre in Cardiff, we are on the cusp of launching a second site in Cheltenham.

The Climbing Lab in Leeds is HIRING !  © The Climbing Lab
The Climbing Lab in Leeds is HIRING !  © The Climbing Lab

The Climbing Lab in Leeds is HIRING !

The Climbing Lab is recruiting a receptionist/instructor.