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The Artist - A Profile of Boone Speed

“Whoever had contact with Boone will have felt a force of a person,” says BD Athlete Sam Elias. To take it a step further, if you’re a climber, you’ve likely felt the force of Boone without having ever met him. Maybe you’ve tried one of his routes, which span across the western US like constellations, telling the story of progression for hard sport climbing in this expansive country. Or perhaps you’ve just picked up a climbing magazine at some point in the last decade and seen a photograph that has stirred a deep emotion inside your soul, caused your...

First ascent of Rimmon Wall, Ravenstones, Tony Howard,   © Tony Howard Collection

The Early Climbing Years: The First Saddleworth - Chew Valley Guidebook, 1965

Tony Howard takes us back to the post-war explosion of rock climbing, taking a...

Crag Notes: Mowing Word  © Ray Wood
Crag Notes: Mowing Word  © Ray Wood

Crag Notes: Mowing Word

In this month's Crag Notes, Jim Perrin takes us to Mowing Word - a crag that he developed back in the late 1960s. Nowadays its walls are adorned with classics, but back then it was something of a blank slate. " I had this marvellous cliff to try lines upon", says...

A strong team of support runners made a big difference on the Paddy Buckley  © Math Roberts collection
A strong team of support runners made a big difference on the Paddy Buckley  © Math Roberts collection

Breaking a Big Hill Record - What Does it Take?

Completing a big hill round takes dedication, but how much more blood, sweat and tears if you're going for the fastest time? We speak to three recent record breakers: Math Roberts, who set an impressive new time on the Paddy Buckley Round; Finlay Wild,...

A Play for Voices.  © Wil Treasure
A Play for Voices.  © Wil Treasure

Podcast Factor Two - S3 Ep.7: A Play for Voices

Wil Treasure continues to share stories from the climbing world through interviews with both well-known and lesser-known characters. In-depth, personal accounts that aren't read from a page on a variety of themes. Settle down with a cuppa and have a...

Gwen Moffat on the last stance of Diocese.  © Johnnie Lees
Gwen Moffat on the last stance of Diocese.  © Johnnie Lees

Gwen Moffat on Diocese

Gwen Moffat shares a story of climbing Diocese VS 5a at Chair Ladder in Cornwall. This is an extract from Gwen's book 'On my Home Ground'.

Nicole McLaughlin: designer, climber and upcycling icon.  © Nicole McLaughlin

Nicole McLaughlin: Designer, Climber and Upcycling Icon

Arrive late, depart early, leave no trace, and try to avoid over-used areas. We should all strive to do this.  © Theo Moore

Opinion Free Access Versus Conservation - A Delicate Balance

Pilley was one of the founders of the Pinnacle Club  © Dorothy Pilley

Mountain Literature Classics: Climbing Days by Dorothy Pilley

Elbow Tendinopathies 3x2  © Andy McVittie

Skills Elbow Tendinopathy - The Boomerang Condition


Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Boreal Drom montage  © Rob Greenwood

Boreal Drom

It's a weighty workhorse rather than a lightweight thoroughbred, says Rob Greenwood, but as a result the Drom is one of the sturdiest and most supportive approach/walking shoes out there. If you want boot-like edging ability, they'll be right u...

Rab Torque Pants montage  © Nick Brown
Rab Torque Pants montage  © Nick Brown

Rab Torque Pant

"I've long been a fan of Torque Pants (trousers)" says Dan Bailey. "The current version has remained unchanged for several years, and in a market that seems to make tweaks every season for the sake of novelty it's nice to see that sort of continuity. It's hard to imagine how...

Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting
Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting

Micro Cams

Micro cams are among the most useful pieces of gear on a trad climber's rack. Having a tiny cam you can rely on to protect otherwise unprotectable sections of rock can make the difference between arriving at the top of your route... or at the bottom. However their tiny size...


Manta Competition  © UKC Gear

Open Comp Win a Pair of Scarpa Manta Tech GTX

The Scarpa Manta has been an icon for over three decades. As a multi award winning model in various generations it has represented the "benchmark" in 4 season Mountain boots. Evolving over many generations, the new Manta Tech represents...

airNET Harness Competition  © Black Diamond
airNET Harness Competition  © Black Diamond

Open Comp Win a Black Diamond airNET Harness

Developed in collaboration with BD Athlete Adam Ondra, the airNET is a cutting-edge harness that features our patented airNET Technology—an ultra-breathable fabric for high-end performance sport climbing that distributes loads evenly across the "net" during...

Open Comp Petzl IKO - The Headlamp, Reinvented

What if a headlamp was both high-performance and lightweight? Comfortable and well-balanced? Versatile and inventive? Conceived after months of research, testing, brainstorming, and innovating, the IKO headlamp, little by little, began to see the...


Gear News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Nalgene Sustain: New Line made with 50% recycled content

Hitting the shops during October will be the new Nalgene Sustain Range of Drinking Bottles, built from the revolutionary Tritan Renew Resin.

3x2  © Scottish Mountaineering Press
3x2  © Scottish Mountaineering Press

The Great Sea Cliffs of Scotland 

The Great Sea Cliffs of Scotland is published by Scottish Mountaineering Press, a subsidiary of Scottish-registered charity Scottish Mountaineering Trust. Scottish Mountaineering Press are passionate advocates for Scotland's stunning mountainous...

Podium Pull-On  © Montane
Podium Pull-On  © Montane

Montane Unisex Podium Waterproof Pull-On Jacket

Designed for fast and light runners for whom kit weight and packability is paramount, the Podium Pull-On uses one of the lightest weight waterproof and breathable fabrics available. Perfect as a reliable emergency waterproof shell which...


Full Time Duty Manager Position  © Hickinson
Full Time Duty Manager Position  © Hickinson

Full Time Duty Manager, Redpoint Worcester

Main Roles of this position: Managing the day to day running of the centre and assisting the Centre Manager Being responsible for the centre,...

Flashpoint  © Lena Drapella
Flashpoint  © Lena Drapella

Head Coach Flashpoint/Freedog Swindon

The role will initially be to settle into our current system. You will be trained up in all our current activities so that you know the centre backwards. You will understand and be capable of monitoring the trampolines, running Clip'nClimb sessions,...

JOBS: Duty Manager Flashpoint/Freedog Swindon
JOBS: Duty Manager Flashpoint/Freedog Swindon

Duty Manager Flashpoint/Freedog Swindon

We are looking to welcome a new crew member to our growing Duty Manager team here at Freedog/Flashpoint Swindon.