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Tokyo 2020 Tokyo 2020 Sport Climbing on the BBC - Broadcasting an Olympic Debut

Just as the 40 climbing athletes are preparing to compete on the world's biggest sporting stage, a team of media professionals are getting ready to present our sport to the world at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this August.  BBC Sport will be leading the UK Olympic coverage, with commentary from snowsports presenter Ed Leigh and IFSC commentator, route setter and climbing wall manager Mike Langley, with GB Climbing's Molly Thompson-Smith adding insight in the BBC studio. It'll be a very different Games to previous editions, with most production taking place in the BBC's Salford studios, including the Sport Climbing commentary.  UKClimbing will also have an on-the-ground presence, COVID-testing permitting. Stay tuned for daily written reports and videos from Tokyo on this website, our social media channels and on Natalie's Instagram from 29 August. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Outfits - Sport Climbing Style at Tokyo 2020

As we near the Tokyo 2020 Games, everyone's wondering "What will the climbers be wearing?" The answer - for both on and off the wall - is a mix of body-hugging Lycra, dodgy denim, designer couture and gaudy graphics. There'll be no...

Diversity Diversity in Climbing - How You Can Help

GB Climbing Team coach and diversity programme developer Rachel Carr writes about the diversity problem in climbing, and shares ideas on how we can build a more actively inclusive sport. When you walk into your local wall, how many people are...

The Glencoe Classic Rock Challenge

Keri Wallace writes about completing a self-supported link-up of the Ken Wilson's 7 Classic Rock Routes in Glencoe –...

Crag Notes June Emanations

Mark Goodwin shares a poetic June contribution about climbing Outside Edge on The Great Slab on Craig yr Ogof.

Staying Alive! Climbing and Risk

These days, climbing is often lazily described as a sport and sponsored climbers glibly branded as athletes. While...


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 - a compelling challenge for hill runners who like long routes spiced with scrambling, or hardened backpackers looking to test t...

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...

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...


UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Down vs Synthetic Insulation

Rachael and Rob talk through the pros and cons of down and synthetic insulation and explain which to use in certain situations....

Montane Alpine Preparation The advantages of block leading

In this episode of Alpine Preparation, Rebecca Coles explains why you would choose to block lead when alpine climbing. She runs through the advantages and few tips which will ultimately help to speed you up when in the mountains.

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Light Alpine Climbing Shells

Rob Greenwood talks through light alpine climbing shells in this episode of the Rab Gear Guide. He explains what you should be wearing in the alpine environment and why, and discusses the features of the most suitable jackets.

Montane Alpine Preparation Speed and Efficiency at Belays

In this video, Rebecca Coles explains how to increase efficiency at belay stances. Speed is crucial when alpine climbing and making simple processes as time efficient as possible is vitally important and often overlooked.

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab A Guide to Windshells

In this episode of the Rab Gear Guide, Rob Greenwood talks about windshells and why they are such a great layer to have in your bag out on the hill.

Alpine Preparation - Episode 3  © UKC

Montane Alpine Preparation How to take coils

How to Choose a Hillwalking Shell  © UKC Gear

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab How to Choose a Hillwalking Shell

Waterproof vs windproof vs softshell  © Nick Brown

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Waterproof vs Windproof vs Softshell


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

Culm Dancing Bumbly Exploration on Culm Adventures


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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