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coronavirus Where's Your Head At? Keep Mental Health in Check Post-Lockdown

Ruth Keeley writes about the parallel pandemic of mental health issues that have accompanied the COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, and how we can help people struggling to cope as the world slowly begins to open up again...

Women's Climbing in Iran: Boundaries, Bans and a Brighter Future

Conservation Peregrines in the White Peak

While the peregrine population in the Dark Peak suffers from illegal persecution related to grouse moor management, these magnificent raptors are comparatively thriving in the White Peak. But here the recovering population and the increasing desire for...

Reclaim these Peaks - Women's Safety Outdoors is Everyone's Problem

The murder of Sarah Everard has prompted many female runners, walkers and climbers to examine how safe they feel when out alone, and to discuss the measures they feel obliged to take in order to be less vulnerable. It is utterly...

Crag Notes State of Independence

In this month's Crag Notes Wil Treasure casts his mind back to the leafy delights of Shorn Cliff in Gloucestershire....

The Climb: A VR Game turning Non-Climbers on to Climbing

'The Climb' VR game has generated some lockdown hype among non-climbers online ahead of the...

Interview In pursuit of purity: going solo on the Winter Bob Graham Round

What does it take to run a Bob Graham Round in winter, alone? How has the experience changed...


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 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...

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...

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...


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...

Ballet Exercises for Climbers

Professional dancer and keen climber Rosie Mackley shares some ballet drills that can help to improve your coordination, control, mobility and flexibility for climbing.

Can Watching Climbing Videos Improve your Skills? What Science Suggests

Jasmin Honegger, PhD explores whether watching climbing videos in lockdown can help improve our climbing... With the COVID-19 pandemic ever-present and many countries enforcing more severe restrictions and lockdowns,...

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

On International Women's Day, Lattice Training coach Maddy Cope continues her series on climbing training for women, with a focus on strength and endurance 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

Neil Gresham Board Climbing Article 1 (5)  © Nick Brown - UKC

Using Boards for Training Introduction and Warming Up

Relatively close to civilisation, but still pretty damn cold and lonely if something goes wrong...  © Nick Small

Running My Winter Running Accident - a cautionary tale

Mountaineering snowshoes in use on appropriate terrain  © Alex Roddie

winter Snowshoes in Scotland - more than just a novelty


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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