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Spaced-out boulderers: climbers respecting distancing rules at Boulderwelt Frankfurt.  © Boulderwelt Frankfurt

Article Climbing (the) Walls Post Lockdown - Re-opening Indoor Walls

What will returning to indoor walls be like? Natalie Berry explores how indoor climbing walls are responding internationally as the world attempts to learn to live with COVID-19 and get back to some form of normality. It's obvious that close proximity to others in a social or paired activity, along with high-contact surfaces in the form of hand and foot holds and a dusty atmosphere, all make indoor climbing a tricky environment for hygiene and transmission reduction. During lockdown, climbing wall owners, associations and newly-formed international working groups from around the world have been cooperating to establish new best practice guidelines following the first wave of COVID-19.

Climbing the walls.  © Anna Fleming

A Climber in Lockdown

Calvary  © Jon Wells
Calvary  © Jon Wells

Movement as Progress

John Postlethwaite shapes a collection of 'jottings' into an essay on movement, meaning and the words we use to describe climbing experiences and its merits as an activity I love climbing; it captivates me. It gives me great pleasure; the fun of getting out and the...

Emoji Quiz  © UKC Articles
Emoji Quiz  © UKC Articles

Lockdown Quiz Week 6 - Emoji Quiz Special

Need some mental stimulation while climbing the walls at home? Here's our first weekly instalment of our new series, the Lockdown Quiz, complete with questions across a range of topics from within the wonderful world of climbing. We have some great prizes...

The Rishimuk Plateau where a lot of the bouldering and businesses were clustered  © Nick Brown - UKC
The Rishimuk Plateau where a lot of the bouldering and businesses were clustered  © Nick Brown - UKC

Corruption in Hampi - India's Bouldering Paradise

On the 3rd of March 2020, 21 restaurants and guest houses in Virupapur Gaddi, or Hampi 'Hippy'...

Slim chance of accident but I'm solo, far from help, so how wise will serious hillwalking look as we return to the outdoors?  © Dan Bailey
Slim chance of accident but I'm solo, far from help, so how wise will serious hillwalking look as we return to the outdoors?  © Dan Bailey

Coronavirus Steps out of Lockdown: What Next for Safety in the Outdoors?

As we contemplate a gradual return to the outdoors, there seem to be more questions than answers. Chief...

Lockdown Quiz prizes from Rab and Lowe Alpine  © UKC Articles
Lockdown Quiz prizes from Rab and Lowe Alpine  © UKC Articles

Lockdown Quiz Week 5

Need some mental stimulation while climbing the walls at home? Here's our first weekly instalment of our new series, the Lockdown Quiz,...


On Collie's Ledge, the alternative to King's Chimney  © Adrian Trendall

Scrambling Cuillin Traverse: Taking the Easier Route

Adrian Trendall, author of new Cicerone guide Skye's Cuillin Ridge Traverse, explains how to smooth the hardest edges off the ridge, making it a more realistic prospect for iffy weather or less able climbers. We're dreaming of the day COVID...

Climbers on Mt Cook  © Calum Muskett
Climbers on Mt Cook  © Calum Muskett

Destination New Zealand – The South Island

Known for its wilderness, waterfalls, mountains and coastline, New Zealand's South Island offers a smorgasbord of adventure sports for the globe-trotting tourist. Tourism has been growing exponentially in New Zealand in recent decades and annual...

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

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...

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

Val Pennavaire - Finale Ligure's Lesser-Known Neighbour

Val Pennavaire, or 'Oltre Finale' as it was previously known, is an area that deserves to be...

The author silhouetted at Tannourine El-Fawqa.  © Johan Sakr
The author silhouetted at Tannourine El-Fawqa.  © Johan Sakr

Lebanon - Hidden Gem of the Middle East

Lebanon might not be the first country that springs to mind when considering climbing in the Middle East....

Groups enjoying the easily accessible ice cragging on the Lillaz Cascata.  © Steve Broadbent
Groups enjoying the easily accessible ice cragging on the Lillaz Cascata.  © Steve Broadbent

Destination Cogne – Icefall climbing in the Italian Alps

The small resort of Cogne sits at 1500 metres above sea level, on the edge of the Gran Paradiso National...

Steve on Malovista pitch 4.  © Pat Littlejohn
Steve on Malovista pitch 4.  © Pat Littlejohn

Trad Climbing on Mallorca

Mallorca is an island with high limestone mountains and massive sea cliffs. Traditional climbing on Mallorca goes back a...


Wide isometric holds  © Lattice Training

Lattice Home Training Lattice - Training The Upper Body At Home & Tom Randall Q&A

Josh Hadley, one of the lead coaches from Lattice talks us through how best to train...

In all of these examples below, regardless of what beta the individual climber chooses, the attempts with their Center of Grav  © Udo Neumann
In all of these examples below, regardless of what beta the individual climber chooses, the attempts with their Center of Grav  © Udo Neumann

Understanding Modern Bouldering Understanding Modern Bouldering Pt. 3: Improving Spatial & Temporal Aspects

Climbing coach and movement expert Udo Neumann is producing a UKC series on understanding and practising adaptable skills that you can apply to the dynamic and complex movements becoming popular in indoor...

10mm Edges  © Lattice
10mm Edges  © Lattice

Lattice Home Training Lattice - Training at Home and Tom Randall Q&A

Josh Hadley, one of the lead coaches from Lattice talks us through how to transition your training from the climbing wall to the home fingerboard when needed. Many of the exercises and sessions detailed below can be found in the free...

How to get the most out of a home wall.  © Dark Sky Media
How to get the most out of a home wall.  © Dark Sky Media

How to Make the Most of a Home Board

So you've finally built your home wall! With the boom in home builds due to COVID-19 there have been questions raised online about how to get the most out of a home set-up. While every construction will differ in size, angle and purpose, there are some...

Tomoa Narasaki visualising, even details are perfectly in sync.  © Udo Neumann
Tomoa Narasaki visualising, even details are perfectly in sync.  © Udo Neumann

Understanding Modern Bouldering Understanding Modern Bouldering Part 2: The Power of the Mind

Climbing coach and movement expert Udo Neumann is producing a UKC series on understanding and practising adaptable skills that you can apply to the dynamic and complex movements becoming popular in indoor bouldering, from IFSC...

ROCUP TV Applying Pressure and Heel Positions  © ROCUP TV

ROCUPtv - Technique ROCUPtv - Footwork - Applying Pressure and Heel Positions

IFSC competitors using their limbs to change movement trajectories.   © Udo Neumann

Understanding Modern Bouldering Part 1: An Introduction

ROCUP TV Footwork Precision and Accuracy  © ROCUP TV

ROCUPtv - Technique Footwork Precision and Accuracy

ROCUP TV Footwear  © Robin O'Leary

ROCUPtv - Technique How important is good climbing footwear?


Paul Cox on Right Eliminate, Curbar  © Mike Hutton

The Finest Crags in the UK & Ireland The Finest Crags in the UK & Ireland: Curbar

Marmot Photography Awards 2018  © UKC

Photo Awards Marmot Photography Awards 2018

Jack Lawdedge on Trail of Dreams E4 6A  © Mike Hutton

The Finest Crags in the UK & Ireland The Finest Crags in the UK & Ireland: Rhoscolyn

James Ibbertson on The Wall of Horrors, Almscliff  © Mike Hutton

The Finest Crags in the UK & Ireland The Finest Crags in the UK & Ireland: Almscliff


James Taylor leading the crux runnel pitch - 8a  © Alun Richardson

Runnel Vision – An expedition to find adventure in Brazil

James Taylor reflects on a trip to Brazil in 2019 where a strong team aimed to free climb a new route on the south face of Pedra Baiana; an 800m granite monolith.

El Portrero Chico  © Jacob Roman
El Portrero Chico  © Jacob Roman

El Potrero Chico - Multi-pitch Sport Climbing in Mexico

'The idea of going to El Potrero Chico, Mexico was agreed on. I got in touch with Peter to say I was going to be in North America between February and March. Wanting sunshine and multi-pitch sport climbing El Portrero kept coming...

Big exposure on Riso Patron Sur.  © Silvan Schüpbach
Big exposure on Riso Patron Sur.  © Silvan Schüpbach

Expedition Riso Patron Sur

In February/March 2018, Matteo Della Bordella (ITA) and Silvan Schüpbach (SUI) climbed the Riso Patron Sur in Chile, establishing King Kong (900m, M7+, 90°). They sent in the following report.

Benno on pitch 9 of Alexandra Supernova.  © Benno Wagner
Benno on pitch 9 of Alexandra Supernova.  © Benno Wagner

New Multi-Pitch in Kyrgyzstan - Alexandra Supernova

"Kyrgyzstan! Wow! Where is that? Can you climb there?" Almost everyone asks me this whenever I start...

The team on the summit  © GMHM
The team on the summit  © GMHM

New French Route on Baffin Island

In May, a team from the Chamonix-based GMHM (the French mountain military) opened a new route on Baffin Island, Canada....

Ciaran on approach  © John Proctor
Ciaran on approach  © John Proctor

Jiptik Valley 2016

In July of this year, Robert Taylor, John Proctor, Ciaran Mullan and Phil Dawson headed to the Jiptik valley in Southeast Kyrgyzstan....

Polar Daze on Mount Hannes  © Paul Seabrook
Polar Daze on Mount Hannes  © Paul Seabrook

Greenland - New Peaks, New Routes

Can I commit to a trip to Greenland this summer? Can I commit quickly? Can I commit now!? A personal account of...


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