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Photo Awards

Marmot Photography Awards 2018  © UKC

Marmot Photography Awards 2018

UKC and UKH are proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Marmot Photography Awards. An automatic selection of five photos from each of the categories on site was made based on the votes from the previous 12 months. Users were then asked to vote f...

Photography Awards 2017 Banner  © UKC/Craig Hillier
Photography Awards 2017 Banner  © UKC/Craig Hillier

Marmot Photography Awards 2017

UKClimbing and UKHillwalking are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Marmot Photography Awards. An automatic selection of five photos from each of the categories on site was made based on the votes from the previous 12 months. Users were then...

Photography Awards 2016  © Ben Tibbetts
Photography Awards 2016  © Ben Tibbetts

Marmot Photography Awards 2016

An automatic selection of five photos from each of the catagories on site was made based on the votes from the previous 12 months. Users were then asked to vote for the overall winners of each catagory from this selection. In addition to the category...


The Finest Crags In The UK & Ireland

Jack Lawdedge on Trail of Dreams E4 6A  © Mike Hutton

Rhoscolyn

Nestling on Holy Island's south-west coast is a crag for connoisseurs. Hidden amongst the sparkling zawns, sea caves and secluded bays is a metamorphic masterpiece. Mike Hutton strolls down the rocky road to Rhoscolyn on a quest for quartzite.

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

Almscliff

Occupying a small area north of Leeds, on the flat lands of the lower Wharfedale valley, is a crag that is possibly Yorkshire's finest. A lifetime's worth of routes - over 170 to date - lies waiting for those who like to punch and thrash their way up brutal cracks. The...

The Moore on The Minotaur  © Mike Hutton
The Moore on The Minotaur  © Mike Hutton

Range East, Pembroke

The jagged coastline of south Pembrokeshire is undeniably home to some of the best sea-cliff climbing in the UK, perhaps in the world (some would say). In just a few miles of coastline, there are over 3000 routes on some of the best limestone in the country....

grivel_digi_feature  © UKC Articles
grivel_digi_feature  © UKC Articles

Wilton

Mike Hutton continues his tour of the UK and Ireland's finest crags with a visit to Wilton Quarries.

Lewis Digi Feature  © Mike Hutton
Lewis Digi Feature  © Mike Hutton

Lewis, Outer Hebrides

Far, far away on the rugged coastline of Western Lewis stand some of the wildest sea cliffs in Britain. Lifetimes worth of new...

Jordan Buys on Bananas at Tremadog  © Mike Hutton
Jordan Buys on Bananas at Tremadog  © Mike Hutton

Tremadog

Overlooking the village of Tremadog, the sun-blessed cliffs of Craig Pant Ifan and Bwlch y Moch offer over 300 routes ranging from difficult to...

The Roaches  © Mike Hutton
The Roaches  © Mike Hutton

The Roaches

Away from the mayhem of the Eastern Edges, the Roaches enjoys a unique atmosphere of its own. Amongst this mind-boggling cluster of...

Neist Point  © Mike Hutton
Neist Point  © Mike Hutton

Neist Point

The Strid Ilkley  © Mike Hutton
The Strid Ilkley  © Mike Hutton

Ilkley

Sam Hamer on Refraction   © Mike Hutton
Sam Hamer on Refraction   © Mike Hutton

The Burren

Consolation Prize E5 6a Wimberry  © Mike Hutton
Consolation Prize E5 6a Wimberry  © Mike Hutton

Wimberry

The finest crags in Britain - Lower Sharpnose  © Mike Hutton
The finest crags in Britain - Lower Sharpnose  © Mike Hutton

Lower Sharpnose


Humans Of Climbing

Andy Parkin.  © Dominic Green

Volume 3

Inspired by the popular Humans of New York Facebook series by Brandon Stanton, we thought that sharing short vignettes from a cross section of the climbing community would serve as an antidote to the political polemic of today's society. Here's...

Gilly McArthur  © UKC Articles
Gilly McArthur  © UKC Articles

Volume 2

Inspired by the popular Humans of New York Facebook series by Brandon Stanton, we thought that sharing short vignettes from a cross section of the climbing community would serve as an antidote to the political polemic of today's society. Here's Volume 2 collated from our...

Shirin Shabestari  © Andy Sarjahani
Shirin Shabestari  © Andy Sarjahani

Volume 1

Inspired by the popular Humans of New York Facebook series by Brandon Stanton, we thought that sharing short vignettes from a cross section of the climbing community would serve as an antidote to the political polemic of today's society.


Profiles

Jim Herrington  © Jim Herrington

Jim Herrington - Capturing Rock Stars of the Golden Age

Music. Photography. Climbing. This unlikely triad of passions has influenced Jim Herrington's life from a young age, one occasionally pulling him further away from the others, as he strove to find an elusive equilibrium. Over the last t...

Helen Mort  © UKC Articles
Helen Mort  © UKC Articles

Helen Mort - No Map Could Show Them

No Map Could Show Them. The pioneering Victorian women in mountaineering of the early twentieth Century. The women whose narratives and achievements became lost in the mountains, where they forged paths and ascended; their stories brought back...

Mirror Wall  © Berghaus
Mirror Wall  © Berghaus

Leo Houlding: The Man in the Mirror

In July 2015, Leo Houlding led a five-strong team to make the first ascent of Reflections, (E6 6b, A3+, 1250m) on the North West face of the Mirror Wall in Greenland, spending twelve nights on the wall. Although cracking the Mirror was unlikely to...

Sharing the Line - Black Diamond Digital Feature Montage  © Black Diamond
Sharing the Line - Black Diamond Digital Feature Montage  © Black Diamond

Barbara Zangerl - Sharing the Line

For Babsi Zangerl, climbing the intimidating Bellavista, one of the hardest alpine multi-pitches in the world at 8c,...

In The Bubble Montage  © Alex Messenger
In The Bubble Montage  © Alex Messenger

Andy Earl - In The Bubble

Andy Earl is one of Britain's most accomplished climbers, from hard, dangerous first ascents in Northumberland, to...

Jeff Mercier and Nick Bullock: Rive Gauche  © UKC Articles
Jeff Mercier and Nick Bullock: Rive Gauche  © UKC Articles

Jeff Mercier and Nick Bullock - Rive Gauche

British climber Nick Bullock meets his French counterpart Jeff Mercier at the Rive Gauche, a steep...

Alison Hargreaves  © Mark Twight
Alison Hargreaves  © Mark Twight

Starlight and Storm: Alison Hargreaves and Tom Ballard

In this full screen Digital Feature, Jack Geldard and Nick Brown explore the life and...


The Finest Routes In The Alps

The Finest Routes in the Alps - Grand Pilier  © Ben Tibbetts

Grand Pilier D'Angle North Face

Located on the upper Peuterey Ridge in the western corner of the Brenva Glacier basin, this is a remote and spectacular part of the Mont Blanc massif. The faces are impressive, and abundantly decorated with huge tottering seracs. The north face of...

Grandes Jorasses  © Ben Tibbetts
Grandes Jorasses  © Ben Tibbetts

Grandes Jorasses

The north face of the Grandes Jorasses is one of the steepest and most beautiful in the Alps. At 1.5km wide and 1200m mile high it is an impressive sight. Alongside the Eiger, Drus, Matterhorn, Piz Badile and Cima Grande di Lavaredo it is one of the six 'classic'...

The Finest Routes in the Alps  © Ben Tibbetts
The Finest Routes in the Alps  © Ben Tibbetts

Lenzspitze

From the west the Lenzspitze appears as a rather modest bump at the southern end of the Nadelgrat. However from Saastal to the east and the Oberland to the north it shows its true form and its beautiful NE snow face, the Dreieselwand, is instantly recognizable.

The Finest Routes in the Alps  © Ben Tibbetts
The Finest Routes in the Alps  © Ben Tibbetts

Aiguille Verte

The jagged silhouette of this magnificent route can be seen high on the skyline when travelling along the Chamonix valley. It is a long,...

Finest Routes in the Alps June  © Ben Tibbetts
Finest Routes in the Alps June  © Ben Tibbetts

Rimpfischhorn

The serrated 'stickleback' profile of the Rimpfischhorn's North Ridge makes it an easily recognisable landmark. It is located on...

Finest Routes in The Alps - Episode 4  © Ben Tibbetts
Finest Routes in The Alps - Episode 4  © Ben Tibbetts

Grand Combin

On the Alpine horizon Grand Combin appears like a giant stepping stone. It is isolated as the only 4000m peak between the Mont Blanc...


Black Diamond

Dave Pegg  © Black Diamond

The Width of Life

It's not the length of one's life that matters most; it's the width. Dave, in touching so many of us, led a very wide life, and that is to be admired.

Jacky Godoffe  © Mattias Fredriksson/Black Diamond
Jacky Godoffe  © Mattias Fredriksson/Black Diamond

The Master of Moves

FOR ALMOST HIS ENTIRE LIFE, Jacky Godoffe, the 59-year-old French bouldering legend and World Cup routesetter, has lived in the forest of Fontainebleau.


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