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Reset: Part 1 - Indoor Bouldering after the Covid-19 Lockdown

This weekend, climbing walls can reopen and businesses up and down the country have been diligently preparing for returning customers. The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the climbing industry hard, and it is certainly not out of the woods yet. We caught up with Ged at the new Matchworks Climbing Hangar in Liverpool to look at what measures bouldering walls could implement to keep customers and staff safe.

The Association of British Climbing Walls (ABC) has been working with their member climbing walls since the beginning of lockdown on reopening guidelines – a strategy based on...

Jenya Kazbekova  © Jan Virt

Warrior with a Smile: Jenya Kazbekova

Jan Virt takes a look at the life of a rising competition climbing star with a rich climbing heritage: Jenya...

Ian 'Squawk' Dunn climbing on the Bolton Tech Wall, with L-R John Hartley, Mick Lovatt, John Monks and Jerry Peel below  © David B.A. Jones
Ian 'Squawk' Dunn climbing on the Bolton Tech Wall, with L-R John Hartley, Mick Lovatt, John Monks and Jerry Peel below  © David B.A. Jones

Crag Notes: The Ghosts of Bolton Wall

This month's Crag Note doesn't actually feature a crag, it features a climbing wall. 

Raheim Robinson. '"Black people don't climb, do they?" was something I asked myself daily.'  © Forest Woodward
Raheim Robinson. '"Black people don't climb, do they?" was something I asked myself daily.'  © Forest Woodward

Black People Don't Climb, Do They?

US Creative director, climber and actor Raheim Robinson shares his experience of discovering climbing and finding himself through the sport, despite the difficulties he's faced as a black man in a predominantly white activity. 'I soon realised that...

About to board the ICE 19 from Brussels to Cologne  © Glyn Hudson
About to board the ICE 19 from Brussels to Cologne  © Glyn Hudson

A Guide to Climbing Trips in Europe by Train

Train travel enthusiast Amy Underwood Thompson shares some tips for planning and enjoying more environmentally friendly climbing trips around Europe... Across Europe restrictions are lifting, travel corridors are opening and train services...

Sam with the loose block  © Alan James
Sam with the loose block  © Alan James

Video Removing Loose Rock at Horseshoe

While climbing at the most popular section of the Peak's current most popular crag, Alan James discovered a massive loose block that was an accident waiting to happen.

Alison Hargreaves on Les Droites  © steve.aisthorpe

Mountain Literature Classics: Regions of the Heart

Canyonlands  © Andy Moles

Moonlight Buttress

Cruising Crew's Arête, Frodsham.  © Jamie Holding

A Return to Innocence - Climbing under Lockdown

Caro and Arthur excited to set off.  © Raphael Fourau

Bike and Climb with Baby - A Tour of Southern France


Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

On open moorland you're alright providing it hasn't rained too much - otherwise things get slippy!  © UKC Gear

Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2

The follow-up to the original Norvan, the Norvan LD is pitched as being both lighter and more durable. It is designed with long distance trails in mind, but does it live up to this claim? Rob Greenwood thinks it's actually better suited to shor...

The Fitz Roy on Monty Python's Direct at Kyloe-in-the-woods  © UKC Gear
The Fitz Roy on Monty Python's Direct at Kyloe-in-the-woods  © UKC Gear

Looking for Wild: Fitz Roy pants + Cilaos shorts

Looking for Wild are a new French climbing clothing brand whose clothes are ideal for climbing whilst also being extremely stylish. The build quality, active cut and environmental credentials are particular plus points, we reckon.

It's a good size for hillwalking and mountaineering in spring/summer, when less gear is needed  © Dan Bailey
It's a good size for hillwalking and mountaineering in spring/summer, when less gear is needed  © Dan Bailey

Deuter Guide Lite Pack

If you're after a mid-sized lightweight technical day pack for hillwalking, scrambling, summer alpine trips or mountain rock, the Guide Lite hits the spot at a very reasonable price, says Dan Bailey.


Wild Country Zero Friends  © Wild Country

Open Comp Win a Wild Country .1, .2 & .3 Zero Friend

Introducing the new Zeros for solid holding power in small placements. The ultimate weapon for thin cracks, pockets or pin scars on cutting-edge climbs and extreme adventures.

Rockfax App Android Version  © UKC Gear
Rockfax App Android Version  © UKC Gear

Open Comp Win a year's subscription to the Rockfax App - 10 to give away

How can you get access to 40+ guidebooks for the price of a single book? Well, you could subscribe to the Rockfax App. Or you could win a free subscription for a whole year by entering this competition.

Lowe Alpine Rock Range  © Lowe Alpine
Lowe Alpine Rock Range  © Lowe Alpine

Open Comp WIN a day at Stanage Edge with Andy Cave thanks to Lowe Alpine

From the pack brand born of one of the world's greatest climbing families, Lowe Alpine is celebrating the release of an all new Rock range to their SS20 collection by offering you the chance to win an epic day out at one of...


Gear News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Pre-order now: The Beaches of Wales

The complete guide to every beach and cove around the Welsh coastline

Lakes Sport & Slate  ©  FRCC / Wired Guides
Lakes Sport & Slate  ©  FRCC / Wired Guides

Lakes Sport & Slate - A Different Angle on Lake District Rock

The Lake District is considered to be a bedrock of traditional rock climbing, as detailed in the rock climbing guide LAKE DISTRICT ROCK, published jointly FRCC GUIDES and WIRED GUIDES.

Zeros Matrimonio  © Wild Country
Zeros Matrimonio  © Wild Country

Wild Country Zero Friends

Introducing the new Zeros for solid holding power in small placements. The ultimate weapon for thin cracks, pockets or pin scars on cutting-edge climbs and extreme adventures


Reception Crew Member Flashpoint Swindon   © Flashpoint Swindon
Reception Crew Member Flashpoint Swindon   © Flashpoint Swindon

Reception Crew Member: Flashpoint, Swindon

We are looking to welcome a new crew member to our growing Reception team here at Flashpoint/Freedog Swindon. Our mission is to provide top class climbing ,trampolining and urban skills to the wider community using our extensive trampoline facility...

Channel Manager, 2pure, North East  © 2Pure
Channel Manager, 2pure, North East  © 2Pure

Channel Manager, 2pure, North East

2pure is the exclusive distributor for brands operating within the specialist Cycle, Outdoor, Run and Lifestyle & Fashion markets. We work with brands that are disruptive, innovative and have a desirability built into their DNA. Our customers span the...

Team Member @ Boulder Shack.  © TeamBoulderShack
Team Member @ Boulder Shack.  © TeamBoulderShack

Team Member @ Boulder Shack, Southampton

This fantastic role involves engaging proactively with our customers and maintaining good climbing practice in the centre. This role would suit someone who shares our values – making climbing accessible to all abilities and keeping the community at...