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conservation Ring Ouzels on the Eastern Edges

The eastern Peak District is home to a small but significant population of breeding Ring Ouzels, a bird on the Red List of conservation concern. Unfortunately some have chosen to nest among the busiest crags in England, so what can climbers and walkers do to avoid disturbance? Kim Leyland looks at conservation efforts, and the future of this charismatic bird.

Climbing Live - The Twitch Streamers Broadcasting Board Sessions

Having people pay to watch you climb in real-time may seem like a privilege afforded only to pro climbers, but on the popular Twitch platform, some amateur climbers are turning board sessions into simultaneous...

Diversity Meet the activists helping to diversify the outdoors: Pammy Johal

Despite well-publicised efforts to introduce more people of all backgrounds to the rewards of the outdoors, the outdoor industry itself still conspicuously lacks diversity. The sector has a big problem, according to Pammy Johal, who...

Polish Scouting in the UK - My Route into the Outdoors

Karolina Haluszczak writes about her family's displacement following the 1939 invasion of...

Collecting the Classics - Tales from a Classic Rock Completionist

Rachel Crolla recalls the highs and lows of completing all 83 climbs in Ken Wilson's...

Feeding the Rat - A Climber's Life on the Edge of Edibility

Toby Dunn relives some of his finest, unusual, and sometimes disgusting food choices on...


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 hands-on routes on the fells.

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.

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...

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...

A Guide to Climbing Trips in Europe by Train

Train travel enthusiast Amy Underwood Thompson shares some tips for planning and enjoying more...

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...

Stoney Middleton - Historical Relic or Overlooked Gem?

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


camping Environmental Etiquette - the dos and don'ts on hills and crags

From fires and litter to traffic and transport, Carla Broom examines the ways that walkers and climbers...

How to Get Back to Grips with Climbing Post-Lockdown

As we return to outdoor and indoor climbing following a long lay-off, our physical and mental state likely differ from what they were in the pre-pandemic days. To avoid injury, frustration or burn-out, it's important that we ease ourselves...

Using Boards for Training Mindset & Technique

In his fourth article on board climbing, Neil Gresham looks at mindset and overcoming the difficulty of board climbing. He then examines the advanced movement skills which you can hone through climbing on boards.

Using Boards for Training Tactics and Planning

Neil Gresham looks at the tactics and nuances of training on a board and explores how to schedule and plan sessions.

Using Boards for Training Training Methods

In his first article of the Board Climbing series, Neil covered warming up and now he looks at different training methods that can be used: For those climbing in the V3-5 range, board training represents the gateway to tackling steeper and more powerful climbs. In the...

Video observation.  © Jasmin Honegger

Can Watching Climbing Videos Improve your Skills? What Science Suggests

The aim with training is to see a general trend of progression over time.  © Lattice Training

The Female Climber Series The Female Climber Series Part 3 - Strength and Endurance Training in the Luteal Phase

Adapt the number of strength training sessions in the luteal phase to allow for better quality sessions and recovery.  © Lattice Training

The Female Climber Series The Female Climber Series Part 2 - Optimising Strength Training and the Menstrual Cycle


In Focus The Rough Guide to Climbing in the Solar System

Culm Dancing Voyages of Discovery (1976-1990)

Culm Dancing Reelin' in the Years (Mid-70's)

Tokyo 2020 The Mawem Brothers - Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité


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...

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 going to be in North America between February and March. Wanting sunshine and multi-pitch sport climbing El Portrero kept coming...

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....

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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