2010-2019 - The UKC Climbing Decade in Numbers Article

As we begin the new decade, it can be interesting to see how things changed throughout the last decade. Andy Ovens and Paul Phillips have designed multiple interactive charts to make sense of what happened on UKC between January 2010 and December 2019. From 2.5 million messages in our forums, over 5 million logged ascents, and more than 100,000 photos uploaded, thank you for contributing, and helping to make these graphs look amazing!

Stats of the Decade Collage  © UKC Articles
Stats of the Decade Collage

Where have you been climbing over the years?

You can pause the animation, or click on specific years, all while zooming/panning the map as you desire

Note: logs are grouped into regions for this map.

  • 2010
  • 2011 
  • 2012
  • 2013 
  • 2014
  • 2015 
  • 2016
  • 2017 
  • 2018
  • 2019 

Which months were busiest for a particular discipline?

An interactive breakdown of the above:

Hover over a Month or Discipline to update the bar and pie charts

And over the years it looks like there has been a rise in sport and bouldering:

And limited to just the UK:

Which were the most popular routes?

Which rock types were most popular?

And split by discipline:

Which were the most popular crags?

Here are the top 150 logged crags. Stanage 'Popular' shows it's worthy of its name

Tryfan Frontales Sella Almscliff Australia Bosigran Winspit Slipstones Sennen Limekilns Stanage Plantation Burbage North Stanage North Birchen Edge Froggatt Edge Curbar Edge The Cuttings Bamford Edge Millstone Edge Brimham Rocks Bowden Doors Symonds Yat Wintour's Leap Castle Inn Quarry Holyhead Mountain Rivelin Edge Ben Nevis Caley Crags Cratcliffe Tor Shorn Cliff Idwal Slabs (aka Cwm Idwal) Trevor Quarry Baslow Edge Kirrie Hill Robin Hood's Stride Masouri Area Ban-y-gor Trowbarrow Albarracin Leonidio Hawkcraig Shipley Glen Lundy Stennis Head Brean Down Bas Cuvier Alcalali Troy Quarry Goblin Combe Ilkley (Cow and Calf) Sheeps Tor Crookrise Higgar Tor Fair Head Pen Trwyn Hedbury Guadalest Back Bowden Doors Kilnsey Odyssey Harrison's Rocks The Dewerstone Giggleswick South Chee Dale Upper Three Cliffs Bay Les Gaillands Dancing Ledge Buachaille Etive Mor Stanage Popular Windgather Rocks Roaches Lower Tier Roaches Upper Tier Burbage South Valley Boulders Craig Bwlch y Moch (Tremadog) Cheddar Gorge North Horseshoe Quarry Cheyne Weares Area Shepherd’s Crag Wyndcliff Quarry Scugdale - Scot Crags Sierra de Toix Lawrencefield Fairy Cave Quarry Cairn Gorm - Stob Coire an t-S Castle Naze Wharncliffe Crags Battleship Back Cliff Harborough Rocks Subluminal and Lighthouse Clif Avon Gorge (Sea Walls Area) Raven Crag (Langdale) Craig Pant Ifan (Tremadog) Kyloe Crag (Kyloe Out) Gardom's Edge Chulilla Blacknor South Bus Stop Quarry Roaches Skyline Stoney Middleton Hound Tor Bowles Rocks Cheddar Gorge South St. Govan's Head La Roche aux Sabots Harpur Hill Quarry Escalera Arabe The Cuttings Boulderfield Gogarth North Stack and Main C Siurana - Valley Polldubh Crags, Glen Nevis Vall de Guadar (Echo Valley) Haytor (aka Hay Tor) and Low M Blacknor North Cromlech boulders Masson Lees Quarry Bonehill Rocks (Bone Hill) Tryfan Fach (Little Tryfan) Dinas Cromlech Siurana - Village Tirpentwys Dalkey quarry Penmaen Head Avon Gorge (Main Area) Dumbarton Rock Saddle Head Hutton Roof Crags Chudleigh Rocks Malham Cove Ceuse (Céüse) Franchard Isatis Spartacus Area RAC Boulders Hobson Moor Quarry Porthclais Area Water-cum-Jolly Auchinstarry Quarry Blacknor Central Ramshaw Rocks Gimmer Crag Burbage South Edge Chee Dale Lower Blacknor Beach Shaftoe Crags Polney Crag (Craig a Barns) Aiguilles Rouges Clogwyn y Grochan Reiff - Roinn a' Mhill Raven Tor (Miller's Dale) Margalef - Zona del Panta Nort

Who were the busiest climbers?

Number of ascents is shown in grey

  1. Robin Nichols 9787
  2. petegunn 9586
  3. dannyboy83 9176
  4. remus 6591
  5. freemanTom 6457
  6. Bolehillbilly 5899
  7. Michael Porter 5609
  8. Flavio 5367
  9. Davinamo 5366
  10. Chris Craggs 5360
  11. Graeme Hammond 5257
  12. John Hunt 5219
  13. phleppy 5043
  14. cem 4986
  15. tobydunford 4836
  16. John H Bull (tcfka Bullybones) 4805
  17. Climbster 4740
  18. Christheclimber 4721
  19. Tom Heslam 4558
  20. Paul Clarke 4468
  21. Sam Simpson 4436
  22. Marti999 4382
  23. bpmclimb 4367
  24. Bloke on a Rope 4362
  25. JamieSparkes 4346
  26. RANGITOTO 4327
  27. tp45597 4299
  28. John Brayshaw 4246
  29. simon pape 4196
  30. Andy Moles 4193

Split up by climbing type:


Which were the most popular forums?

Forums that are automatically deleted after a set time (i.e. The Pub) aren't included

Average number of messages per post in each forum

Forums that are automatically deleted after a set time (i.e. The Pub) aren't included

Most upvoted messages

  1. DaveHK's message about logging winter routes - 249 upvotes
  2. Rob Greenwood's reply about headpointing - 219 upvotes
  3. Goucho's thread about soloing - 217 upvotes
  4. Anna Taylor's response about her use of bouldering pads - 209 upvotes
  5. Misha's question about abseiling on other people's ropes - 202 upvotes

And the most disliked post of the decade, using the feature in a slightly unique way... Toad's post asking about BMC's attempted rebrand - 491 downvotes

Photo Galleries

Photo Votes vs Star Rating

Photos uploaded by Category


Length of articles over the decade

Note: this is done using the character count. This includes HTML, but this should scale uniformly with content length.

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9 Jan, 2020

Nice. I like a nice stat attack.

But does the chart "Average number of messages per post in each forum" really need three decimal places for each data point?

9 Jan, 2020

Interesting stuff!

I'm curious about how outdoor grades are changing over time, espcially the average grades - excluding those at the top end and those who only occaionally climb.

9 Jan, 2020

Some nice graphs in there, could you possibly tell us what software etc you used to generate the graphs please?

In particular how did you generate the Heat map plot of where folks climbed?

Feel free to pm me if that's more appropriate.

9 Jan, 2020

It's thought provoking that Limestone is the most popular rock, but the absolutely overwhelmingly most popular routes are on Grit.

9 Jan, 2020

That's average grades of those that keep UKC logbooks. Many climbers, especially occasional climbers, do not.

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