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Neil Gresham making the second ascent of Meshuga E9 6c.  © Ray Wood

Podcast Factor Two S3 Ep.5 - Deep Play

'"I climb better when I'm scared." I've heard this quite a few times. I even thought it was true...

Faraz reflecting over a campfire in the Gobi desert.  © Emmanuel Berthier
Faraz reflecting over a campfire in the Gobi desert.  © Emmanuel Berthier

Opinion No Country for Brown (Wo)Men?

Travel writer, adventurer and human rights barrister Faraz Shibli considers a recent Countryfile report on the fact that people from minority communities visit the countryside less – and asks what ethnic minorities in nature have in common with women's...

Quarrymen Mural  © Peter Goulding
Quarrymen Mural  © Peter Goulding

Slate Roots

An extract from Peter Goulding's upcoming 'Slatehead: The Adventure of Britain's Slate-climbing Scene.' This article delves into the quarrymen and how they once climbed and navigated this grey and slippery landscape for the exploitation of slate in the 19th and 20th centuries,...

Dexamethasone - a drug making headway in treating the worst-affected COVID-19 patients.  © Tom Newberry
Dexamethasone - a drug making headway in treating the worst-affected COVID-19 patients.  © Tom Newberry

Dexamethasone - The Mountain Drug Leading the Way against COVID-19

A recent trial widely reported in the mainstream media claims that dexamethasone - a drug familiar to mountaineers for its treatment of high altitude illness - reduces death by up to one third in ventilated patients with...

Crag Notes: Dear Conan  © Kevin Stephens
Crag Notes: Dear Conan  © Kevin Stephens

Essay Crag Notes: Dearest Conan

In this month's Crag Notes, Ben Silvestre pens a letter to a route that has long meant something to him - Conan the Librarian, in Wen Zawn, Gogarth. 

The joys of taking your family climbing  © mark s

A Family Photobomb: The Joys of Taking your Family Climbing

Paul Swail on Etat de Choc  © Will Sim

Chamonix Jams

Big balls are a must on Czech sandstone!  © Stu Bradbury

Far and Wide - Offwidths Around the World

Early coffee table books.  © David Hume

Feeding the Book Rat


Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Peak District White Peak East montage  © Cicerone

Walking in the Peak District - White Peak East

When it comes to walking, the Dark Peak and its gritstone edges tend to receive most attention; but those in search of something a little different, and no less stunning, should look to the White Peak. This new guidebook captures the gentler ch...

Large Pads are ideal for higher problems, or those that have an awkward landing  © Mike Hutton
Large Pads are ideal for higher problems, or those that have an awkward landing  © Mike Hutton

Large Bouldering Mats

Biggest isn't always best, but in bouldering it certainly has its place. Larger pads are ideal for higher problems, awkward landings, or anyone with lower limb niggles - but on the other hand they're less ideal when it comes to storing or carrying them. Here we...

It's light, and snug for its weight  © Dan Bailey
It's light, and snug for its weight  © Dan Bailey

Rab Cirrus Flex Vest

Gilets may not be the most exciting category of clothing, but they're really versatile, says Dan Bailey - and this lightweight synthetic insulated vest from Rab ticks all the boxes for year-round use both climbing and on the hills.


MSR Reactor 3x2  © MSR

Open Comp Win the MSR 1.7L Reactor Stove

MSR's much-loved Reactor Stove has become a staple for wilderness backpackers looking for cooking performance in extreme conditions, where wind and cold can wreak havoc on a stove's reliability. The Reactor is compact, self-contained and easy-t...

Open Comp Win a Pair of Komperdell Carbon FXP.4 Expedition Varios

Gold Winner of the prestigious Outdoor by ISPO 2019 Best New Product Prize, Komperdell's innovative "self deploying" Carbon FXP.4 Expedition Pole is now available in the UK - and this is your chance to win a pair worth £150!!

Winner announced WINNER - 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...


Gear News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Wild Country virtual showroom  © Wild Country

Wild Country Product Preview - Spring/Summer 2021

As we approach the time of year where we are looking around to check out all the new gear coming out for SS21 we are faced with the realisation that this year will be slightly different. No international trade shows or brand sales meeti...

Cocoon Hammocks - Ultralight Luxury

"Sleep Gear for Adventurers" - Renowned amongst travellers worldwide, Cocoon's focus on clever design and innovative fabrics marks their travel products out from the rest. New for 2020 is their range of Hammocks.

Action shot  © Red Chili
Action shot  © Red Chili

Red Chili 2020 climbing shoe range

Red Chili have been making high-quality climbing shoes since 1996. Throughout this time we have continued to push innovation in both climbing shoe performance and comfort. For 2020 we have 7 new models! The new additions cover everything from all day...


Customer Service Team Leader  © UltralightOG
Customer Service Team Leader  © UltralightOG

Customer Service Team Leader: Ultralight Outdoor Gear, Teeside

Position: Customer Service and Administration Team Leader Location: Teesside Permanent: Full Time, 37.5 hours per week   Join a company that's...

Café Manager @ Boulder Shack  © TeamBoulderShack
Café Manager @ Boulder Shack  © TeamBoulderShack

Café Manager @ Boulder Shack

Boulder Shack is looking for a Café Manager to join our team! We are a community focused climbing gym with a brand new café that needs a highly...

JOBS: C# Developer - Q3/Q4 2020 in Chamonix  © benbellamy1987
JOBS: C# Developer - Q3/Q4 2020 in Chamonix  © benbellamy1987

C# Developer - Q3/Q4 2020 in Chamonix

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