New content at last month: April 2008

© Pete O'Donovan
This month we've got 8 new articles, 8 product announcements and 2 independent gear reviews from the UKC testers.

Featured articles

Learning How to Learn.... to Fall 30-Apr-08
[There are consequences, 2 kb]by Arno Ilgner

Most climbers avoid the learning process by looking for tricks or techniques to get around the stress and fear inherent in learning. You must go through the stress in order to learn. Here's learn how to fall!

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I Want That Job! - Sam Whittaker - Climbing Wall Owner 22-Apr-08
[Sam Whittaker making the first ascent of Appointment with Death, Wimberry, 2 kb]by Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC

In this new article series I Want That Job! I'll be interviewing people from various professions within the climbing world. It's the turn of Sam Whittaker, climber and climbing wall owner. When asked: Why is it great being a climbing wall owner, and why is it rubbish? Sam replied, " It's just all great – there are no 'rubbish' parts to the job."...

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New content at last month: March 2008 13-Apr-08
[Beth Rodden, 2 kb]by UKC News

A summary of all the latest content on from the past month, including: 17 new articles, 8 product announcements and 3 independent gear reviews from the UKC testers.

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I want that Job! - Martin Kocsis - Volunteers' Officer at... 13-Apr-08
[Martin Kocsis, Ellie Fowler and Carissa Lough at the Lakes Area Meeting (Oct 2007), 4 kb]by Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC

In this new article series I Want That Job! I'll be interviewing people from various professions within the climbing world. It's the turn of Forum User and BMC's Volunteers' Officer Martin Kocsis to persuade us all why we want his job. Martin 'escaped' from teaching to take this post and now...

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PREVIEW: Climb Magazine - the May issue 11-Apr-08
[cover may, 4 kb]by climbmagazine

Check out what's in the May issue of Climb Magazine. Including: The Eiger Tiger - The North Face in 3hrs - Swiss super-alpinist Ueil Steck clocks in a blistering time!; Lundy - Stunning photos of Britain's best sea cliff climbing; F8c SOLO - MacLeod: "Training for my Nevis project", and a heck of a lot more.

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Catalunya — Winter 07/08 01-Apr-08
[Chris Sharma giving all during an attempt on his Santa Linya  project Nehandertal (9b?)., 3 kb]by Pete O'Donovan

Catalunya is rarely out of the news. The exceptional winter of 07/08 (the driest here for 60 years) has seen unprecedented levels of activity, with a bevy of the world's top climbers almost queuing up to repeat the hardest routes. Pete O'Donovan documents the activities of Dani Andrada, Edu Marin, Ramon Julian, Patxi Usobiaga, Chris Sharma and...

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BMC Leading Ladder - Meet the Winners 01-Apr-08
[Shauna Coxsey, 3 kb]by Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC

On the 29th March 2008, 32 competitors battled it out to be the winners of the BMC Leading Ladder. Meet the champions in our interview article - with photo's.

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Lyon Equipment: Sportiva/Beal/Petzl Design A Banner... 21-Apr-08
[The Prizes, 3 kb]by Mick Ryan -

Big prizes again in this hosted competition, Lyon Equipment have a challenge for you. Design some graphic adverts, or in plain speak, banners, for La Sportiva, Petzl and Beal and you could win shed loads of gear from those three companies. Everyone who enters gets a prize but more than that you could get some freelance design work...

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Latest Product News
Announcements direct from the manufacturers
Flash Lace Up Climbing Shoe 30-Apr-08
[Mad Rock Flash Lace Up, 3 kb]by DB Outdoor

A proven performer with a redesigned Mad twist. The Flash Lace is a superb shoe that can tackle face, trad and multi-pitch climbs with equal aplomb. Paul Craven says,"I've worn the Flash...

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DriClime Catalyst Jacket 21-Apr-08
[DriClime Catalyst Jacket, 1 kb]by Marmot

A slightly more technical addition to our Wind line, the Catalyst uses an UpCycled version of our fabulous DriClime fabric, as well as zippers. Stretch panels in the elbows make it ideal for a variety of outdoor activities. Marmot UpCycle® products minimize our impact on the environment by using natural, organic, and recycled or discarded...

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Announcements direct from the manufacturers
Air Tech Helmet 15-Apr-08
[Grivel Air Tech Helmet, 2 kb]by Scarpa

The new lightweight and hyper-ventilated helmet from Grivel. No more hot head and safe, reinforced with a metal mesh as protection against the penetration of sharp objects.

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ALPINE 45 15-Apr-08
[Grivel ALPINE 45, 2 kb]by Scarpa

Grivel designed the Alpine Backpack to meet the needs of climbers tackling the most technically demanding ice and alpine routes. Never one to follow the trends, Grivel scouted the sailing market and found VX21 Carbon Composite fabric. Thanks to this tough, lightweight material, this pack stands up to tons of abuse, so you won't find a big hole...

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escape pod 09-Apr-08
[escape pod, 2 kb]by EquipUK

Excellent multi-use pack great for touring and cragging. Panel loading teardrop design lowers centre of gravity, making for superb carrying stability and excellent head room when wearing a helmet.

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Talon 03-Apr-08
[Talon #1, 3 kb]by FurTech

Waterproof softshells without condensation! Helmet compatable hood with transparent peak, excellent freedom of movement, snow seal crotch elastic, massive venting.

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R320 Harness (Men's) 03-Apr-08
[R320 Harness (Men's), 3 kb]by Big Stone

The R-320 harness is the Arc'Teryx high performance jack of all trades, deftly able to switch between trad climbing and sport. Four gear loops and a haul loop make racking up for multi-pitch routes simple, and the WST waist and leg loops deliver unified structural support and comfort.

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Mutant 38 01-Apr-08
[Osprey Mutant, 2 kb]by Osprey Europe Ltd

The Mutant 38 from Osprey Packs is a clean, lightweight and highly functional pack for year round Rock and Alpine climbing.

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Gear Reviews
Independent reviews from the UKC gear testers
Black Diamond Verdict ski (2008 model) 25-Apr-08
[Even in deep powder the ski floated very well, 2 kb]by Jon Griffith

"Yes, it's a ski review. Skis are an essential part of winter climbing in the Alps and with more Brits climbing in the Alps it's time more climbers looked closely at the advantages of a...

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Backcountry Skiing 14-Apr-08
[Back Country Skiing, 2 kb]by James Raitt

Backcountry Skiing is for intermediate-to-advanced backcountry skiers. Includes safety, navigation, nutrition and fitness information in addition to techniques, providing advice on how to make well-informed decisions. Jim Raitt takes a quick look through it.

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