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Padarn at night  © johnhenderson

Running Run-Swim the Puddle Buckley, a New Way to See Snowdonia

Do you fancy a Paddy Buckley round, but also enjoy getting wet? This amphibious alternative takes the best bits of Snowdonia's classic challenge, and adds four big lakes for good measure. Welcome to the watery world of run-swimming. Nikki Sommers & Siobhan Evans were the third team to complete the route: here's how they got on.

Old friends  © Dan Moore

Mystery on the Piz Badile - Lamborghini Underpants

Sébastien Berthe: style first.  © Damien Largeron
Sébastien Berthe: style first.  © Damien Largeron

Interview Sébastien Berthe on his Summer of Sends

This summer, Belgian climber Sébastien Berthe ticked more hard alpine classics in the space of a few weeks - some in a matter of days - than many people would achieve in a lifetime. Although the 27-year-old is a familiar face on the IFSC...

Caff on Comes the Dervish (E3 5c)  © Marc Langley
Caff on Comes the Dervish (E3 5c)  © Marc Langley

Interview James McHaffie - The Cumbrian

Marc Langley talks with one of British climbing's most devoted disciples: James McHaffie. They talk about Caff's early soloing exploits in the Lake District, a horrifying epic on Cloggy, his shift towards sport climbing and back again, and inclusivity within...

First ascent of Rimmon Wall, Ravenstones, Tony Howard,   © Tony Howard Collection
First ascent of Rimmon Wall, Ravenstones, Tony Howard,   © Tony Howard Collection

The Early Climbing Years: The First Saddleworth - Chew Valley Guidebook, 1965

Tony Howard takes us back to the post-war explosion of rock climbing, taking a...

Crag Notes: Mowing Word  © Ray Wood
Crag Notes: Mowing Word  © Ray Wood

Crag Notes Mowing Word

In this month's Crag Notes, Jim Perrin takes us to Mowing Word - a crag that he developed back in the late 1960s. Nowadays its walls...

A strong team of support runners made a big difference on the Paddy Buckley  © Math Roberts collection
A strong team of support runners made a big difference on the Paddy Buckley  © Math Roberts collection

Running Breaking a Big Hill Record - What Does it Take?

Completing a big hill round takes dedication, but how much more blood, sweat and tears if you're going for the fastest...


Is it Kalymnos? No – it’s Foxhole on Gower – Jon Warner on Chicken Licken (6c).  © Tom Skelhon

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 s...

Morning on the Dubh Slabs   © Dan Bailey
Morning on the Dubh Slabs   © Dan Bailey

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...

About to board the ICE 19 from Brussels to Cologne  © Glyn Hudson
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 opening and train services...

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...

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...

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...


Practising mantles in the bedroom  © Andrew Chen

Movement Training for Climbing at Home

Nutan Shinde and Dr Andrew Chen explore movement training at home. As many climbers still have no access to a...

Jim Pope training on a home board 3x2  © Sam Pratt
Jim Pope training on a home board 3x2  © Sam Pratt

How Lockdown influenced Training for Climbing

Neil Gresham reflects on training throughout lockdown and what the climbing community learnt from embracing new training ideas.

A keen team, good weather and a familiar route: maximising the chances of a safe and successful day  © Will Legon
A keen team, good weather and a familiar route: maximising the chances of a safe and successful day  © Will Legon

Scrambling Scrambling with Kids - A Parent's Guide

Kids are natural climbers, and scrambling as a family can be great fun. But with scrambling comes risk, and there's a lot to consider when you add children to the mix. To help ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable day, instructor Will Legon offers...

Sam with the loose block  © Alan James
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 that was an accident waiting to happen.

Wide isometric holds  © Lattice Training
Wide isometric holds  © Lattice Training

Lattice Home Training 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 both iOS and...

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

10mm Edges  © Lattice

Lattice Home Training Training at Home and Tom Randall Q&A

How to get the most out of a home wall.  © Dark Sky Media

How to Make the Most of a Home Climbing Board

Tomoa Narasaki visualising, even details are perfectly in sync.  © Udo Neumann

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


Expedition and Alpine Winner 2019  © Alistair Todd

Photo Awards Marmot Photography Awards 2019

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


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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