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Interview Time on Rock by Anna Fleming

Released today (6 January), Anna Fleming's debut book Time on Rock: A Climber's Route into the Mountains, published by Canongate, is a story of a young woman's climbing apprenticeship with a socio-cultural and geological bent. Anna's ten-year climbing journey takes her from a dusty indoor wall in Liverpool to the gritstone outcrops, Welsh slate, Lake District rhyolite, Moray sandstone, Cuillin gabbro, Cairngorm granite and Kalymnian limestone. It's an adventurous coming-of-age tale in part, but Anna's scope in Time on Rock is also far broader. Anna is a Welsh writer, Mountain Leader and PhD graduate based in Edinburgh. Natalie Berry shared a conversation with Anna about climbing, geology, culture, history and found out what her time on rock has taught her about the natural world and her own identity as a climber, woman and human being...

Picture Feature: Sam Gare, Mountain Artist

In this picture feature we explore landscape artist Sam Gare's striking renditions of iconic peaks, from the Highlands to the Himalaya. 

UKC Christmas Climbing Quiz 2021

It's Christmas day and you've most likely had your fair share of presents, food, relatives and drink. Aside from playing with your new toys, there's not much else to be getting on with aside from more eating and drinking, unless you're lucky enough to be heading...

Interview Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall on their Motorway Roof Crack - The Great Rift

In early November 2021, after a summer of recce trips and one previous attempt that ended halfway, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker climbed a horizontal roof crack over 2500 feet long (roughly the length of...

The Drive to Climb

Jules McKim writes about shifting gears and his evolving motivation for climbing... "Are climbing days what...

Conservation Bringing Back the Birch Belt - Scotland's Lost Mountain Woodland

Natural woodland at high elevations has been regenerating for decades in Norway, while in Scotland...

The Highs and Lows of COP26 - Mountains and Beyond

An exploration of the highs and lows of COP26 following two weeks in Glasgow covering mountain...


Welsh Crack Climbs

Eben Muse shares a list of fantastic Welsh cracks to (quite literally) get stuck into...

Trad Development Scotland 2018-21: North

Following on from South of the Great Glen, North of the Great Glen is the second of Peter Herd's articles documenting some of the recent trad climbing development in Scotland. 

Destination Article: South Wales Bouldering

Originally recognised as a traditional climbing mecca, and more recently a holiday season sport climbing destination, South Wales' bouldering has long been in the shadows. However, development has slowly continued under the radar, and it...

Ultimate Circuits: Combeshead and Down Tor 

Far from the fleshpots of Bovey Tracey, the hustle of bustle of Bonehill, and the Hound and its...

The Big Routes: Greater Torridon Round

Long distance fiend John Fleetwood describes an epic circuit of all the big peaks in Torridon and the Coulin Forest -...

Scrambling Lake District Scrambles: 10 of the best

John Fleetwood, author of Cicerone's two updated Lake District scrambling guides, lifts the lid on some of his favourite...

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...


How to Start Indoor Climbing

Indoor climbing is now an Olympic sport and all the cool kids are giving it a go, from

winter How to Navigate off Ben Nevis in Winter

Whether you're a walker or a climber, the descent from Ben Nevis can present a serious navigational test in winter, and over the years there have been many accidents. In this article, Sean Kelly offers a detailed guide to this potentially hazardous...

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Packing for Sport Climbing

Rob Greenwood talks through what he would pack for a day of sport climbing. He explains, in detail, what equipment will be needed and why, plus gives a few tips from his experience.

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Packing for Wild Camping

Rachael Crewesmith runs through what to take overnight camping in the hills and where to pack it in the bag.

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Packing for Mountain Cragging

Rob Greenwood talks through what he would pack for a mountain cragging day.

Gear Guide - Packing for Winter Hillwalking  © UKC

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Packing for Winter Hillwalking

Gear Guide - Winter Gloves  © UKC

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Winter Gloves Explained

The author on Hell's Wall (E6 6c) at the Bowderstone Crag  © Keith Sharples

Trad Onsighting Tips from Steve McClure

Gear Guide - Gloves Overview  © UKC

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Different Types of Glove


Culm Dancing The Guidebook and a Personal History

Tokyo 2020 The Olympic Flatmates - Jakob Schubert and Michael Piccolruaz

Tokyo 2020 What does it take to become an Olympic climber?

A Brief History The Ghost of Bonatti - A Brief History of the Petit Dru Rock Scar


Mountain Air 2. Zac Poulton, the Fell Top Assessor

For the second episode of Mountain Air, a podcast series recorded in association with UKHillwalking, Dan Aspel meets Zac Poulton, one of the Lake District's three Fell Top Assessors, whose daily reports from Helvellyn provide an invaluable wint...

Mountain Air 1. The First Black African on the Roof of the World

For the first episode of Mountain Air, a podcast series recorded in association with UKHillwalking, Dan Aspel talks with Sibusiso Vilane. In 2003 Vilane became the first black African to summit Everest, a huge deal for someone from...

Factor Two - S3 Factor Two - S3 Ep.11: Birth Pains of New Nations - Pete Oxley

The whims and motivations of climbers really are another world to the person in the street. Understanding them is crossing a threshold; it requires a certain suspension of disbelief to start to see the world of risk, adventure,...


Post-Lockdown Alpine Antics

George Ponsonby recalls post-lockdown adventures in Chamonix... 19th March 2020. Matt and I were packing up to leave Chamonix to head back to Ireland. The hope that this virus thing would only last for a couple of wee...

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 to the Sierra de...

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 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...

Expedition Riso Patron Sur

In February/March 2018, Matteo Della Bordella (ITA) and Silvan Schüpbach (SUI) climbed the Riso Patron Sur in Chile,...

New Multi-Pitch in Kyrgyzstan - Alexandra Supernova

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

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....


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