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El Capitan, Yosemite National Park.  © UKC Articles

Factor Two PODCAST: 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 themes. Settle down with a cuppa and have a listen... Patch Hammond has remained a bit of an enigma in the climbing wo...


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

Article 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 crags were suddenly, and unusually, much in demand. This led to several visits to Neckband Crag, a location that I had previo...

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

running 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 adrenaline junkies who dice with death on exposed ridges and loose descents. Keri Wallace takes on the inaugural Pinnacle Ridge...

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 top young climbing athletes at Mori Park in the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan, on a week-long training camp funded by international...

Crag Notes  © Tessa Lyons
Crag Notes  © Tessa Lyons

Article Crag Notes - August is upon us...

Crag Notes is a new series to UKC, focussing on people and place. Distilled down into short form, each piece will centre...

Iraq's first climbing school.  © Aso Golmohamad
Iraq's first climbing school.  © Aso Golmohamad

Article Iraq's First Mountaineering and Climbing School

Milosz Pierwola writes about the birth of climbing and mountaineering in Iraq, and the efforts that his group...

Friendly scenes at the WTF 2019.  © Jessie Leong
Friendly scenes at the WTF 2019.  © Jessie Leong

Article My Weekend as a Learner at the Women's Trad Festival

Christine Liang writes about her experience as a learner at the Women's Trad Festival... Women...

Gogarth Main Cliff.  © Sarah-Jane Dobner
Gogarth Main Cliff.  © Sarah-Jane Dobner

Article Gogarth - A Gala Performance

Gogarth took to the stage - cliffs and humans and animals - all larger than life. A place of arias, disguises, pomp, extravagance...

Janja Garnbret pulls off another feat of impressive competition climbing in Munich, 2019.  © Sytse van Slooten/IFSC
Janja Garnbret pulls off another feat of impressive competition climbing in Munich, 2019.  © Sytse van Slooten/IFSC

Article Tokyo 2020 Olympic Selection Explained

'I want climbing to be a big part of my life, but I also want to be less tied up in it.'  © Matt Crawford
'I want climbing to be a big part of my life, but I also want to be less tied up in it.'  © Matt Crawford

Article Coming Back

'But what's she done on grit?'  © Andy Dodd
'But what's she done on grit?'  © Andy Dodd

Interview Meet Kat, The Climbing Adventure Cat

Keeping baby amused while you play.  © Pete Edwards
Keeping baby amused while you play.  © Pete Edwards

Article Bouldering with Babies

The all time slate classic  - Comes the Dervish E3 5c  © Mark Reeves
The all time slate classic  - Comes the Dervish E3 5c  © Mark Reeves

Article Comes The Dervish

Pic Centrale, 1959.  © Johnnie Lees
Pic Centrale, 1959.  © Johnnie Lees

Article Digitised Diaries - Gwen Moffat: Storm on La Meije, 1959

Steve leaves his 'nest' of gear to tackle the final headwall.  © Keith Sharples
Steve leaves his 'nest' of gear to tackle the final headwall.  © Keith Sharples

Article Steve McClure's Nightmayer

High on Sgurr nan Gillean’s West Ridge  © Adrian Trendall
High on Sgurr nan Gillean’s West Ridge  © Adrian Trendall

Small Dog Bags the Cuillin Munros

Craig and Rob Matheson on a day out in May 2019.  © Matheson collection
Craig and Rob Matheson on a day out in May 2019.  © Matheson collection

perfect partners Perfect Partners #18: Rob and Craig Matheson

Route naming and claiming: it's a fine line, but what are you going to call it?  © Sarah-Jane Dobner
Route naming and claiming: it's a fine line, but what are you going to call it?  © Sarah-Jane Dobner

Article The Perfect Line: Naming and Claiming

Aoneky Rock Climbing Rope -
Aoneky Rock Climbing Rope -

Article Online Budget Gear - The Perils of the Bargain Buy

Antoine mid-solo  © Antoine Le Menestrel Collection/Jibe Tribout
Antoine mid-solo  © Antoine Le Menestrel Collection/Jibe Tribout

Article Antoine Le Menestrel's Diary: Soloing Revelations


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