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Lack of confidence and fear of failure is a big barrier for many of these young people.  © Stu Green

Article Climbing and Class - How Economic Privilege Underpins Our Experience

Inigo Atkin explores how and why different types of privilege shape our collective experience of the outdoors, climbing and the environment. Whilst the term 'Privilege' has become au fait in recent years, many still struggle to grasp the key concept: that 'checking your privilege' is not about reminding people what you don't have, but being willing to look at what you've always taken for granted, and acknowledge how it's helped you along your way.

Pawprints, human and ursine.  © Dan Richards

Four Bears

Katy Forrester on 'The Crack' 6c**, spotted by Meg Whyte, The Bowderstone, Borrowdale.  © Henry Iddon
Katy Forrester on 'The Crack' 6c**, spotted by Meg Whyte, The Bowderstone, Borrowdale.  © Henry Iddon

Sufferfest - Biking and Bouldering in the Lakes

Photographer Henry Iddon writes about a day out in the Lakes with Katy Forrester, a high level climber, and Meg Whyte, a competitive downhill and enduro mountain biker. The women swapped skills and combined biking and bouldering to create a...

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park.  © UKC Articles
El Capitan, Yosemite National Park.  © UKC Articles

Feature PODCAST: Factor Two - S2 Episode 5: Patch Hammond - No More Heroes?

In this podcast series, Wil Treasure shares stories from the climbing world through interviews with both well-known and lesser-known characters. In-depth, personal accounts that aren't read from a page on a variety of...

Topping out on Pavey Ark after an earlier recce.  © Huw Davies
Topping out on Pavey Ark after an earlier recce.  © Huw Davies

The Langdale HVS 3 Star Round in a Day

Like many great ideas, this started as a really bad idea. Last summer's amazing weather in the Lakes meant that shaded...

Fixed rope on Pinnacle Ridge, Lakes Sky Ultra 2016  © Paul Mitchell
Fixed rope on Pinnacle Ridge, Lakes Sky Ultra 2016  © Paul Mitchell

No Climbing Experience, No Race – The Future of Extreme Skyrunning?

Skyrunning is said to be a fusion of trail running and rock climbing; an 'extreme sport' suited to...

Ian coaching Karin at Mori Park.  © JLL
Ian coaching Karin at Mori Park.  © JLL

Interview Achieving Ambitions - Coaching Climbing Talent in Japan

In March 2019, GB Junior Climbing Team coach Ian Dunn was invited to coach 6 of Asia and Australia's...


Crag Notes - A Grey Seals Memory  © Nick Bullock

Crag Notes: A Grey Seal's Memory

In this month's Crag Note Nick Bullock takes time to reacquaint himself with North Stack Gogarth, a crag he's shared an intimate connection with for over 20 years.

Cities, seas and sit starts.  © Simon Slater
Cities, seas and sit starts.  © Simon Slater

Helsinki Bouldering

Pete Edwards shares the beta on urban bouldering spots in and around Helsinki, Finland... Climbing on a city break these days is more likely to involve a trip to a local climbing gym, but pick your city and it needn't be. Fontainebleau is well known as being...

Lenin Peak, North Face: Standard route ascends middle of glacier then trends right and goes on to right ridge line via Camp 1.  © JSTaylor
Lenin Peak, North Face: Standard route ascends middle of glacier then trends right and goes on to right ridge line via Camp 1.  © JSTaylor

Lenin Peak 7,134m - The World's easiest Seven Thousander?

Lenin Peak, which sits on the border of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, is widely cited as the world's easiest 7000m summit. While in a strict technical sense that might be correct, this remains a serious mountain that, during...

Anyone keen for Albarracin now? ;o)  © Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH
Anyone keen for Albarracin now? ;o)  © Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH

Albarracin: Spanish Sandstone Bouldering

Albarracin is an extremely popular bouldering destination in eastern Spain. Easily accessible, abundant in low...

Oli Grounsell and Nathan Lee making the most of the fantastic evening light  © Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing
Oli Grounsell and Nathan Lee making the most of the fantastic evening light  © Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing

The Five Best E6 Routes in the UK and Ireland?

Back in 2014 we published a series of articles in/around the five best routes of each grade; however, for...

Rock Idol  © Stefan Morris
Rock Idol  © Stefan Morris

Beyond the South Pembroke Top 50 - E1 to E5

So you've ticked your way through a bunch of the Rockfax top 50 classics. You've fondled the relative...

Alan James on Sergeyenna, another of the crag's many classic E1s  © Rob Greenwood - UKC
Alan James on Sergeyenna, another of the crag's many classic E1s  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

Chee Tor

Rob Greenwood takes a look at one of the jewels in the crown of Peak Limestone


To avoid locking off on overhanging walls, practice twisting in (either by stepping through and using your outside edge, or doi  © Nick Brown - UKC

Neil Gresham Technique and Training Posture in Climbing

Climbers surely have enough to think about without adding posture to the mix! With the ever-present concerns of reading sequences, dealing...

Tim Neill on Directes des Capucines  © Calum Muskett
Tim Neill on Directes des Capucines  © Calum Muskett

altitude and acclimatisation High Altitude and Acclimatisation Part 4 - Training and Preparation for High-Altitude

In the final part of our four-part series on acclimatisation, Jamie Macdonald (high altitude physiologist at Bangor University) and Calum Muskett (professional climber and mountaineering instructor),...

A typical visit to a sport crag.  © Adam Perrett
A typical visit to a sport crag.  © Adam Perrett

Sport Climbing 10 Things to Do at a Sport Crag

Compared with Himalayan, Alpine or even trad climbing, sport climbing should be a relatively safe affair. But the very fact that it should be relatively safe means that many people don't take it as seriously as they need to. And therein lies the potential...

Correct body position for side-pulls.  © Nick Brown
Correct body position for side-pulls.  © Nick Brown

Neil Gresham Technique and Training Using Undercuts and Sidepulls

Many climbers find that they're OK at pulling straight down, but for some reason when the holds are upside down or face sideways they always seem to struggle. It's no surprise that we're prone to getting flustered when confronted by undercuts, side-pulls or...

Tim enjoying big boot top rope action on Rap.  © Misha Nepogodiev
Tim enjoying big boot top rope action on Rap.  © Misha Nepogodiev

British Mountain Guide British Mountain Guide Training Scheme Entrance Exams

BMG Trainee Misha Nepogodiev finds out that you have to expect the unexpected in order to pass the Entrance Exams for the BMG Training Scheme. After my application for the BMG training scheme was accepted last June, I was looking...

The classic Entrèves traverse. Despite the ease of access, climbers have been evacuated by helicopter with cases of HAPE.  © Calum Muskett

altitude and acclimatisation High Altitude and Acclimatisation Part 3 - Can we fast-track Acclimatisation?

Fulmar  © Brian

birds How to Identify Common Seabirds

Here, the index finger of the left hand is removed...  © Nick Brown - UKC

Neil Gresham Technique and Training Handholds and Grip Technique - Part 3

Ally Swinton climbing Castor.  © Calum Muskett

altitude and acclimatisation High Altitude and Acclimatisation Part 2 - Adapting to High Altitude


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


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 up in discussions...

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, establishing King Kong (900m, M7+, 90°). They sent in the following report.

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 to tell the story of my last summer-holiday. "Yes, you can!" Kyrgyzstan is the home of the Pamir-Alai-Mountains. There are many...

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....

Polar Daze on Mount Hannes  © Paul Seabrook
Polar Daze on Mount Hannes  © Paul Seabrook

Greenland - New Peaks, New Routes

Can I commit to a trip to Greenland this summer? Can I commit quickly? Can I commit now!? A personal account of...

Delicate granite slab climbing on The Bad Man of Bodie  © Wil Treasure
Delicate granite slab climbing on The Bad Man of Bodie  © Wil Treasure

The Bad Man from Bodie - Greenland New Routing

Wil Treasure and Duncan Barrack share a trip report from Greenland's Tasermiut Fjord, where they...


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