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War in Ukraine Beyond the Front Lines, Ukrainian Mountaineer aids War Effort

One of Ukraine's most-celebrated mountaineers - currently seeking asylum in the UK - explains how climbing has helped with the tough choices forced upon him by the war. 'We can prepare for the mountains. In a war, you never know where the next rocket will explode.' It was 2:09 p.m. on 26 July 2021 when Valentyn Sypavin found the body. He remembers the exact time, because as soon as he realised that the yellow piece of fabric he'd uncovered in the snow was a dead man's jacket, he turned on his camera to document the find. In the photo of his watch that he later posted online, Sypavin's position was clearly visible: 7,995m above sea-level, high above Camp Four on K2. 

The Rise of the UK Paraclimbing Community

Paraclimber Jeantique Hommel writes about the development of paraclimbing in the UK, and shares resources for those wanting to get involved. Our community is also rapidly growing and changing. Over the last few years, there h...

History at a Height - Mountain Petroglyphs in Guyana

Alex Outhwaite visits a little-known petroglyph site on Barawatau Mountain, Guyana.

Interview Climb for Gold - Janja Garnbret, Olympic Champion

At a launch event in London for the release of the The Wall: Climb for Gold on Netflix UK, we spoke to Olympic Champion Janja Garnbret about her childhood, Tokyo 2020 and future plans. Janja Garnbret says her life hasn't changed much...

Earth Day 2022: Climate Change and Mountains - The Latest Science

Earlier this year, the UN's climate change panel, the IPCC, released the second part...

An Environmental History of Mountain Recreation

Environmental historian Amanda Vestergaard outlines some of the key ways mountaineering, climbing,...

Interview Roy Thomas

Eben Myrddin Muse interviews South Wales climbing legend Roy Thomas.  Roy Thomas is a name that most who've spent any time...


Climbing in Normandy

Hugo Da Roit introduces an unexpected climbing paradise in France's far north... Normandy is a region of France located in the northwest, mostly flat, filled with crops and cows. The region is known for its rich history with ...

Climbing in Albania

The more I learn about Albania, the more interested I become in this small country that is full of potential but also multilayered and finding its feet, having isolationist, communist rule until the late 1980s and early '90s. There is a huge amount of...

Namibia - Deserts, Mountains, Wildlife and Climbs

Robert Durran writes about the striking red granite domes and sculpted boulders in the mountains and desert of Namibia.

Mike Coppock, FKT on the Haute Route Pyrenees

In September 2021, Mike Coppock ran the fastest known time on the Haute Route Pyrenees, completing the classic...

Destination Dahab Bouldering - Egypt's Bouldering Paradise

Fred Stone takes us on a tour to Dahab, Egypt, and bouldering area of Wadi Gnai to the...

A Wave of Lockdown New-Routing in India

Nutan Shinde-Pawar shares some new Indian rock climbing developments that occurred during the COVID-19 lockdowns, as...

Classic Winter - Beinn Alligin Traverse

Whether you're a seasoned climber, or a hillwalker taking early steps into winter mountaineering, this airy but accessible...


access Safe Access on MOD Land

Military training including live firing takes place in many upland and coastal areas popular with walkers and climbers. The rules on...

Psychological Skills for Climbing - Analysing Strengths and Weaknesses

Dr Rebecca Williams, performance psychology coach and consultant clinical psychologist, shares a chapter from her upcoming book Climb Smarter: Mental Skills and Techniques for Climbing. Part and parcel of setting...

Skills How to Prolong Your Phone's Battery Life Outdoors

Climbers and hillwalkers will be familiar with the outdoor equivalent of range anxiety - the fear that your phone battery will run out before journey's end. These tips and tricks from Rachel Koktava should help you keep your phone going for...

Food Five Calorie-packed Home-made Hill Bakes

In terms of cost, nutrition, and taste, home-baked hill treats are leagues ahead of mass produced cereal bars and rubbery malt loaf, insists Fliss Freeborn. Try these easy recipes and we're sure you'll agree. 

Core Training for Climbing

Andy McVittie looks at the importance of core from the perspective of coaching and training. He examines what it is, the different types of movement the core is involved in, how that relates to climbing and how we can then train it specifically to improve our...

Winter is fun...  © Fliss Freeborn

winter 12 Tips and Tricks to Stay Warm Outdoors in Winter

You can't necessarily rely on being able to follow (or even see) the cairns  © Dan Bailey

winter How to Navigate off Ben Nevis in Winter

Gear Guide - Packing for Sport Climbing  © UKC

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Packing for Sport Climbing


Photo Awards Marmot Photography Awards 2021

White Gold - A Cultural History of Climbing Chalk


Health Lyme Disease - What You Need to Know

Think you know all you need to about ticks and Lyme disease? Think again, says John Burns. In this episode of his Outside In podcast, expert Julia Knight from Lyme Disease UK debunks some common misconceptions, and offers useful advice on tick ...

Mountain Air 5. Sarah Douglas on Solo Summits and Camping Cockups

In this episode of Mountain Air we meet highlands-based writer Sarah Jane Douglas, author of the well-received memoir Just Another Mountain. A hill-mad Munroist who's now avidly working through the Corbetts, Sarah is also a regular...

Mountain Air 4. Renan Ozturk on the Sanctity of Space

Dan Aspel meets Colorado-based climber Renan Ozturk to discuss his latest film The Sanctity of Space. The film not only celebrates the stunning landscapes of Alaska, and the film-makers' aesthetic new skyline route across the Moose's Tooth peak, but...


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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