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Crag Notes: Ninety-Five Minutes  © Dave Cuthbertson

Crag Notes Ninety-Five Minutes

Climber and author Julian Lines describes a sun-kissed solo ascent of Coire an t'Sneachda's Magic Crack... IN THE DISTANCE, there they lie under the canopy of an oven baked sky; quite content like family pets sleeping in front of an open hearth. How their moods change from day to day, season to season, for these passive summery souls can turn dark and cold, barren and evil.

John and Bruce (rear,) Joe and Richard   © Richard Haszko

Stack Them Up - Scottish Sea Stacks

Extreme Basecamp scenes  © KMF
Extreme Basecamp scenes  © KMF

10 People You'll Meet (Virtually) at Kendal Mountain Festival 2020

Kendal Mountain Festival may be going online in 2020, but you can still e-meet (sorry!) a wide range of influential climbers, walkers, runners, writers, filmmakers and generally outdoorsy people. This year, it'll be a case...

Priti and Jeff Wright on the summit of K6 Central.  © Jeff Wright
Priti and Jeff Wright on the summit of K6 Central.  © Jeff Wright

Interview Jeff and Priti Wright on Climbing K6 West and Central

When news broke of two significant summits on K6 recently, Seattle-based Jeff and Priti Wright were relatively unknown in the rock- and ice-climbing sphere, let alone in the world of high altitude mountaineering. The husband-and-wife...

An extra forearm artery?  © Alan James
An extra forearm artery?  © Alan James

An 'Evolutionary' Extra Forearm Artery - Does it Benefit Climbers?

Do you have an extra artery in your forearm? A recent Australian

Tokyo 2020 will bring challenges of Olympic proportions (or volumes...)  © Jorg Verhoeven
Tokyo 2020 will bring challenges of Olympic proportions (or volumes...)  © Jorg Verhoeven

Sport Climbing Athletes in Limbo ahead of Final Tokyo 2020 Selections

Tokyo 2020 is postponed, but for athletes eyeing up the remaining unfilled quota...

Late season wading  © Rob Greenwood - UKC
Late season wading  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

Crag Notes Waiting for the White Stuff to Arrive

October is a transition month, stuck between seasons. The cool breeze and bronzed bracken indicate...


Lancet edge in the wind  © gregor

Avalanched on the Lancet Edge - a Cautionary Tale

Mountain rescue expert Dave 'Heavy' Whalley recalls a serious incident in the early 1970s, a time when avalanches in Scotland were poorly understood. These days we have far more information to help make safe decisions - if we choose to use it.

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

South-West Sport Climbing

September heralded the fast approaching end of the summer climbing season with many praying for an eternal Indian summer to get that last project clean. However, truth be told, the deteriorating weather can turn many crags into a dank seeping mess within...

Morning on the Dubh Slabs   © Dan Bailey
Morning on the Dubh Slabs   © Dan Bailey

Scrambling Classic Scramble - The Dubh Ridge

With acres of perfect slabs in a stunning island location, the Dubh Ridge isn't only one of the longest rock climbs in the UK, but also has to be among the most enjoyable at any grade. Dan Bailey and Nick Brown load up for an overnight trip to this laid-back...

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...

Paul Swail on Etat de Choc  © Will Sim
Paul Swail on Etat de Choc  © Will Sim

Chamonix Jams

John McCune takes us on a tour and relives his experiences on the best of Chamonix's jamming cracks. As mixed climbing conditions become...

Naomi Buys on Scoop Wall  © Mike Hutton
Naomi Buys on Scoop Wall  © Mike Hutton

Stoney Middleton - Historical Relic or Overlooked Gem?

Stoney's legendary polished walls have been a forcing ground for generations and many...

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


With an eye to the forecasts, we've been able to get out in dreamlike conditions on the Aonach Eagach  © Matt Stygall

Understanding Winter Weather with Plas y Brenin Part 1 - How Forecasts Work Together

For safe days in the winter mountains, your two biggest concerns are weather and snow conditions. From interpreting the...

Practising mantles in the bedroom  © Andrew Chen
Practising mantles in the bedroom  © Andrew Chen

Movement Training for Climbing at Home

Nutan Shinde and Dr Andrew Chen explore movement training at home. As many climbers still have no access to a climbing wall during lockdowns or quarantine, how can they train efficiently for climbing at home? While fingerboard and core exercises are...

Jim Pope training on a home board 3x2  © Sam Pratt
Jim Pope training on a home board 3x2  © Sam Pratt

How Lockdown influenced Training for Climbing

Neil Gresham reflects on training throughout lockdown and what the climbing community learnt from embracing new training ideas.

A keen team, good weather and a familiar route: maximising the chances of a safe and successful day  © Will Legon
A keen team, good weather and a familiar route: maximising the chances of a safe and successful day  © Will Legon

Scrambling Scrambling with Kids - A Parent's Guide

Kids are natural climbers, and scrambling as a family can be great fun. But with scrambling comes risk, and there's a lot to consider when you add children to the mix. To help ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable day, instructor Will Legon offers...

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

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.

Wide isometric holds  © Lattice Training

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

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

10mm Edges  © Lattice

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

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

How to Make the Most of a Home Climbing Board


Expedition and Alpine Winner 2019  © Alistair Todd

Photo Awards Marmot Photography Awards 2019

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


Ally quests out on a traverse pitch as the clouds start to boil  © Simon Smith Collection

British First Ascents in Patagonia

In the hazy, distant past before the current pandemic, a team of Brits enjoyed their own form of isolation in a remote valley in central Patagonia.  In January 2020, Simon Smith, Alasdair Fulton, Graham Dawson and Rob Lovell travelled t...

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

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....


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