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Dexamethasone - a drug making headway in treating the worst-affected COVID-19 patients.  © Tom Newberry

coronavirus Dexamethasone - The Mountain Drug Leading the Way against COVID-19

A recent trial widely reported in the mainstream media claims that dexamethasone - a drug familiar to mountaineers for its treatment of high altitude illness - reduces death by up to one third in ventilated patients with severe respiratory complications of COVID-19. Prior to this 'breakthrough' some physicians - and climbers in our forums - were pondering the similarities between the breathing difficulties and persistent cough commonly displayed by COVID-19 patients and the symptoms experienced by HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) sufferers on high peaks. We contacted critical care consultant and mountaineer Jeremy Windsor to find out more.

Crag Notes: Dear Conan  © Kevin Stephens

Essay Crag Notes: Dearest Conan

The joys of taking your family climbing  © mark s
The joys of taking your family climbing  © mark s

A Family Photobomb: The Joys of Taking your Family Climbing

Last Sunday's UKC Photo of the Week captured a frantic moment on a family day out climbing: Dad fits a climb in, but his two young daughters manage to get in the frame. The shot struck a chord with our readers, so we got in touch...

Big balls are a must on Czech sandstone!  © Stu Bradbury
Big balls are a must on Czech sandstone!  © Stu Bradbury

Far and Wide - Offwidths Around the World

Stu Bradbury shares his stories from global offwidth pilgrimages... "Vertical wide cracks showcase geology's works of art, drawing the eye ever upwards, creating inspiration and fuelling a climber's imagination in equal measure, these brutal...

A young Pat Littlejohn during an early repeat of Moonraker.  © Biven collection
A young Pat Littlejohn during an early repeat of Moonraker.  © Biven collection

What's Your Favourite Route What's your Favourite Pat Littlejohn Route?

In this new series, Tom Ripley profiles five significant first ascensionists whose routes represent some of the...

Andy Moles on pitch 8 of Arrhythmia.  © Andy Moles
Andy Moles on pitch 8 of Arrhythmia.  © Andy Moles

Finding Space

In a time of limited freedom, Andy Moles considers ways to find space in crowded terrain, and to allow experience space to breathe through...

Lockdown Quiz prizes from Rab and Lowe Alpine  © UKC Articles
Lockdown Quiz prizes from Rab and Lowe Alpine  © UKC Articles

Feature Lockdown Quiz - Overall Winner

Throughout the Lockdown UKC published a weekly quiz in association with Rab and Lowe Alpine. We would like to thank...


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 rarer, the jamming experience is becoming highly sought after in the high granite peaks.

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 of the country's most influential climbers have cut their teeth here. 'Stoney' as it is affectionately known, is undoubtedly the most...

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 off the ridge, making it a more realistic prospect for iffy weather or less able climbers. We're dreaming of the day COVID-19 is over and...

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...

Matt Cooke on Relapse (8a) with the stunning backdrop of Pha Tam Kam valley  © Tom Skelhon
Matt Cooke on Relapse (8a) with the stunning backdrop of Pha Tam Kam valley  © Tom Skelhon

Sport Climbing in Thakhek – South East Asia's best sport climbing?

Since the Democratic Republic of Laos opened its borders to tourism in the mid...

L’Ultimo Jolly at Bausu Centrale, Val Pennavaire  © James Rushforth
L’Ultimo Jolly at Bausu Centrale, Val Pennavaire  © James Rushforth

Val Pennavaire - Finale Ligure's Lesser-Known Neighbour

Val Pennavaire, or 'Oltre Finale' as it was previously known, is an area that deserves to be...

The author silhouetted at Tannourine El-Fawqa.  © Johan Sakr
The author silhouetted at Tannourine El-Fawqa.  © Johan Sakr

Lebanon - Hidden Gem of the Middle East

Lebanon might not be the first country that springs to mind when considering climbing in the Middle East....


Wide isometric holds  © Lattice Training

Lattice Home Training Lattice - 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...

In all of these examples below, regardless of what beta the individual climber chooses, the attempts with their Center of Grav  © Udo Neumann
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

Climbing coach and movement expert Udo Neumann is producing a UKC series on understanding and practising adaptable skills that you can apply to the dynamic and complex movements becoming popular in indoor...

10mm Edges  © Lattice
10mm Edges  © Lattice

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

Josh Hadley, one of the lead coaches from Lattice talks us through how to transition your training from the climbing wall to the home fingerboard when needed. Many of the exercises and sessions detailed below can be found in the free...

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

How to Make the Most of a Home Board

So you've finally built your home wall! With the boom in home builds due to COVID-19 there have been questions raised online about how to get the most out of a home set-up. While every construction will differ in size, angle and purpose, there are some...

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

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

Climbing coach and movement expert Udo Neumann is producing a UKC series on understanding and practising adaptable skills that you can apply to the dynamic and complex movements becoming popular in indoor bouldering, from IFSC...

ROCUP TV Applying Pressure and Heel Positions  © ROCUP TV

ROCUPtv - Technique ROCUPtv - Footwork - Applying Pressure and Heel Positions

IFSC competitors using their limbs to change movement trajectories.   © Udo Neumann

Understanding Modern Bouldering Part 1: An Introduction

ROCUP TV Footwork Precision and Accuracy  © ROCUP TV

ROCUPtv - Technique Footwork Precision and Accuracy

ROCUP TV Footwear  © Robin O'Leary

ROCUPtv - Technique How important is good climbing footwear?


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

James Ibbertson on The Wall of Horrors, Almscliff  © Mike Hutton

The Finest Crags in the UK & Ireland The Finest Crags in the UK & Ireland: Almscliff


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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