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Firetail

Simon Bischoff climbs Firetail, an absolutely stonking route, on Flinders Island in the middle of Bass Strait.

Exposed to The Naked God (E6 6a), Blackchurch.  © Stu Bradbury

Extreme Culm - Recollections of Climbing on the Coast

Stu Bradbury provides some great personal recollections and highlights of climbing on the Culm...

Saddle Head.  © Heather Dawe
Saddle Head.  © Heather Dawe

A Pembrokeshire Summer

Author Heather Dawe shares an excerpt from an upcoming book in which she reflects on her climbing adventures twenty years ago, as she slowly gets back into the sport... Scrambling down closer to the sea, I looked for the beginning of the route. The water was calm,...

Distancing is easier with small groups, or one-to-one, as here on Curved Ridge  © Al Halewood
Distancing is easier with small groups, or one-to-one, as here on Curved Ridge  © Al Halewood

Coronavirus - The Impact on Outdoor Centres, Guides and Instructors

According to conventional wisdom, Lockdown has given us all a greater awareness of nature and an appreciation for the outdoors; but the measures to control Coronavirus continue to have a major impact on the outdoor activity...

A Lego route map.   © Dan Bailey
A Lego route map.   © Dan Bailey

How Lego helps a Blind Climber to Route-Read

As Matthew Shifrin ties-in at his local climbing wall in Boston, his belayer breaks open the Lego. A baseplate, some bricks and tiles are clicked together in a mishmash of colours. Matthew runs his fingers over the studs and tiles. 1x1...

Empire of the Sun at Anstey's Cove  © Toby Dunn
Empire of the Sun at Anstey's Cove  © Toby Dunn

Close to Home - Climbing & Travel in a Post-Pandemic World

Toby Dunn examines the possibility of a post-pandemic world where travelling abroad is a different prospect. He argues that climbing and travel are intrinsically linked, but that local experiences can be just as enriching.

Padarn at night  © johnhenderson

Run-Swim the Puddle Buckley, a New Way to See Snowdonia

Is it Kalymnos? No – it’s Foxhole on Gower – Jon Warner on Chicken Licken (6c).  © Tom Skelhon

Destination Guide South-West Sport Climbing

Old friends  © Dan Moore

Mystery on the Piz Badile - Lamborghini Underpants

Sébastien Berthe: style first.  © Damien Largeron

Interview Sébastien Berthe on his Summer of Sends


Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

The Julbo Shield are a sizable pair of sunglasses  © UKC Gear

Julbo Shield Sunglasses

With a photochromic lens that adapts to light levels, the top-end version of Julbo's Shield is a pair of sunglasses that you can wear anywhere from high altitude peaks to the hills of home. Rob Greenwood has been living in his for several month...

Steep, overhanging limestone on pockets and edges are where this shoe feels at home  © Rob Greenwood - UKC
Steep, overhanging limestone on pockets and edges are where this shoe feels at home  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

La Sportiva Testarossa

The Testarossa MkII will please devotees of the early 2000s original, and route climbers alike, and is a worthwhile addition to La Sportiva's extensive rock shoe range, says Nick Brown.

Storm Francis putting both the author and the Podium Pull-On through their paces  © UKC Gear
Storm Francis putting both the author and the Podium Pull-On through their paces  © UKC Gear

Montane Podium Pull-On

Weighing just 100g (size Medium) the Podium really is light, says Rob Greenwood, with a minimalist pack size that will likely take up less room than your sandwiches. But this is a bit more than a just-in-case shell, and it'll appeal to hillwalkers as well as runners.


Drago LV  © Scarpa

Open Comp Win a Pair of Scarpa Drago LV

Seeking to maintain all the winning characteristics of the world cup winning Drago, the LV version has been engineered to suit climbers of all gender and age with a lower volume, skinnier foot. Careful tuning over many prototypes has sh...

Open Comp Win a pair of Boreal Drom approach shoes

Your chance to win a pair of Boreal Drom approach shoes.

Atom LT Lifestyle  © Arc'teryx
Atom LT Lifestyle  © Arc'teryx

Open Comp Win an Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody

Atom LT Hoody - An icon evolves. Steeped in the alpine, this versatile hoody has warmed climbers, hikers, backcountry skiers and downtown commuters for over a decade.


Gear News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Boulder Britain   © Boulder Britain

Boulder Britain 2020: Bigger, Better, BOULDER!

Boulder Britain 2020: It's not really called that. It's just called Boulder Britain. I mean, Boulder Britain 2020 sounds good today, the way Space 1999 sounded in 1987, but how's it going to sound in 2029? Exactly! But for now,...

Atom LT Lifestyle  © Arc'teryx
Atom LT Lifestyle  © Arc'teryx

Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody

 Atom LT Hoody - An icon evolves. Steeped in the alpine, this versatile hoody has warmed climbers, hikers, backcountry skiers and downtown commuters for over a decade.

Five  © Interface Climbing
Five  © Interface Climbing

Ground-Up walls from Interface Climbing

The new Ground-Up walls and Greenholds from Interface Climbing provide an affordable and adaptable system for climbing and training at home. The self-assembly walls, available in a range of angles and widths, along with the system-board holds and...


Depot Pudsey Centre Manger  © DepotRecruitment
Depot Pudsey Centre Manger  © DepotRecruitment

The Climbing Depot Pudsey, Centre Manger

Depot Climbing are looking for a proactive and experienced Centre Manager to work alongside and develop its current incredible team! This is an exciting opportunity to work at the epicenter of Depot activity in the place where is all began.

DMM  © DMM
DMM  © DMM

DMM Brand Manager

DMM are pleased to announce that we are now hiring for the newly created role of DMM Brand Manager. We are looking for an innovative, experienced, organised and professional Brand Manager to help us communicate the story of our brand and our products worldwide.

DMM  © DMM
DMM  © DMM

User Instructions – Technical Graphics & Writing

We are looking for a highly organised, technically minded individual with strong graphic and written skills and a keen eye for detail to create, update and maintain our product User Instructions (UIs).