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Jenya Kazbekova  © Jan Virt

Article Warrior with a Smile: Jenya Kazbekova

Jan Virt takes a look at the life of a rising competition climbing star with a rich climbing heritage: Jenya Kazbekova. In the increasingly popular world of competitive climbing, it is easy to get lost in the crowd, and rising to the top of the professional climbing world is a daunting task. The landscape is colourful and vast, and certain names are synonymous with the sport. There is the climbing prodigy known as Alex Megos, with his killer surfer looks seen more often at the sun-kissed coast of California than in Bavaria. Next, there is Ashima Shiraishi, who pushed through the climbing crowd not long after touching Rat Rock in New York City's Central Park for the first time. Then there is the young Ukrainian Jenya Kazbekova, a rising star with an ever-present smile and a deep pedigree in the sport of competitive climbing.

Ian 'Squawk' Dunn climbing on the Bolton Tech Wall, with L-R John Hartley, Mick Lovatt, John Monks and Jerry Peel below  © David B.A. Jones

Crag Notes The Ghosts of Bolton Wall

Raheim Robinson. '"Black people don't climb, do they?" was something I asked myself daily.'  © Forest Woodward
Raheim Robinson. '"Black people don't climb, do they?" was something I asked myself daily.'  © Forest Woodward

Diversity Black People Don't Climb, Do They?

US Creative director, climber and actor Raheim Robinson shares his experience of discovering climbing and finding himself through the sport, despite the difficulties he's faced as a black man in a predominantly white activity. 'I soon realised that...

Canyonlands  © Andy Moles
Canyonlands  © Andy Moles

Moonlight Buttress

Andy Moles reflects on his ascent of Moonlight Buttress in Zion National Park and how the process of giving everything to a climb is often the most rewarding.

Cruising Crew's Arête, Frodsham.  © Jamie Holding
Cruising Crew's Arête, Frodsham.  © Jamie Holding

A Return to Innocence - Climbing under Lockdown

Jamie Holding shares a reflective piece on loss, lockdown and a return to his roots, with some musical...

Caro and Arthur excited to set off.  © Raphael Fourau
Caro and Arthur excited to set off.  © Raphael Fourau

Bike and Climb with Baby - A Tour of Southern France

As French lockdown eased, pro climbers James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini changed their plans for...

Quarrymen Mural  © Peter Goulding
Quarrymen Mural  © Peter Goulding

Slate Roots

An extract from Peter Goulding's upcoming 'Slatehead: The Adventure of Britain's Slate-climbing Scene.' This article delves into the quarrymen...


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 environmentally friendly climbing trips around Europe... Across Europe restrictions are lifting, travel corridors are open...

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 rarer, the jamming experience is becoming highly sought after in the high granite peaks.

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 of the country's most influential climbers have cut their teeth here. 'Stoney' as it is affectionately known, is undoubtedly the most...

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...

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...

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...

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...


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...

Wide isometric holds  © Lattice Training
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 your upper body at home. Many of the exercises and sessions detailed below can be found in the free Crimpd app, which is available on...

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

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

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


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


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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