UKC content in March 2010

© Mark Glaister - Assistant Editor
This month we've got 20 new articles, 48 product announcements and 9 independent gear reviews from the UKC testers

UKC Feature Articles

thumb Paul Torode and Rich Burt from the British Antarctic Survey give a photographic account of their adventures on the frozen... [ full story ]

thumb Imagine a land where ice fills the valleys from November to April, where alpine ridges and huge icy walls rise from the sea,... [ full story ]

thumb Toni Lamprecht is one of the World's most accomplished sport climbers and boulderers. He has climbed Font 8C boulders and F9a... [ full story ]

thumb Sarah Flint explores what it is that makes the perfect climbing partner: "...a perfect partner is someone who's more than a... [ full story ]

thumb This brand new UKC mini-series combines words, photos, diagrams and video to make clear some of the trickier technical aspects of... [ full story ]

thumb Simon Carter, the Australian climbing photographer takes us through some tips about how to make it as a professional climbing... [ full story ]

thumb Stephen Venables was the first Briton to climb Everest without supplementary oxygen. He reached the summit alone, after climbing... [ full story ]

thumb What is a CWIF? It stands for Climbing Works International Festival and this year, on Saturday 20th March, some of the best... [ full story ]

thumb Pete Rhodes, George Ullrich and Mason Earle attempt an extreme new free route on a Patagonian Big Wall. “Can you give me a... [ full story ]

thumb Visiting French climber and expert photographer Alexandre Buisse makes an ascent of Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis in glorious winter... [ full story ]

thumb Guy Robertson gives a full first hand account of his and Pete Macpherson's new super-route Super Rat. “Super Rat is a most... [ full story ]

thumb A summary of all the latest content on from the past month, including: 8 new articles, 39 product announcements... [ full story ]

Destination Articles

thumb An overview of the stunning rock climbing on offer on the mediterranean island of Mallorca. This highly regarded European winter... [ full story ]

thumb UKC Editor Jack Geldard gives the low down on the Black Canyon of Gunnison, Colorado, USA. "The rock is at times suspect and... [ full story ]

Costa Blanca 16-Mar-10

thumb The Costa Blanca is Spain's most popular winter sun destination for climbers from all over Europe and further afield. With sport... [ full story ]

Llanberis Pass 04-Mar-10

thumb An overview of the superb rock climbing and bouldering in the Llanberis Pass, North Wales. “It is without a doubt one of THE... [ full story ]

UKClimbing FAQs

thumb This brand new UKC mini-series combines words, photos, diagrams and video to make clear some of the trickier technical aspects of... [ full story ]

Gear Reviews

Independent reviews from the UKC gear testers

thumb "I don't like this book, I love it. I read it twice in a day, and was still reading bits of it out aloud to myself that... [ full review ]

thumb "He's captured what we see and experience. The colour reproduction is lifelike, there's no tacky sliding of the saturation... [ full review ]

thumb When I first saw the Nano Puff I thought 'not a chance', says Jon Griffith. I couldn't see myself ever using it. I think it was... [ full review ]

thumb Stripped down to the bare minimum in a world where every gram counts - it's a sport climbing harness, right? Es Tresidder has... [ full review ]

thumb "I used this for 10 days of climbing in the Norries this November in horrible conditions and felt like I was in a bomb shelter... [ full review ]

thumb Peter Beal takes a look at Dave MacLeod's new book; 9 out of 10 climbers make the same mistakes. The climber who needs this... [ full review ]

thumb Soft shell? Never been a fan of it, says Jon Griffith. Or so he thought, anyway... "Too flimsy and not windproof enough. It's... [ full review ]

thumb Es Tresidder snuggles up in style in Patagonia, on a partially down-filled inflatable mattress: the Exped DownMat 7... [ full review ]

thumb The Marmot Genesis Jacket has identity issues but - like the moody kid dressed in black at the back of the class - this only... [ full review ]

Latest Product News

Announcements direct from the manufacturers

thumb Marmot's new Stretch Man jacket offers year round weather protection without compromising on fit, performance and features. [ full story ]

thumb Want to try out Mammut climbing kit before you buy? Mammut's first UK Touch & Feel product testing event on the 3rd and 4th April... [ full story ]

thumb Rock Over Climbing is coming to Manchester City Centre very soon...... We are currently looking for staff to work in the UK's most... [ full story ]

thumb The Footprint Chronicles examine Patagonia's life and habits as a company. The idea is to give more of our practices some air and... [ full story ]

thumb Award-winning author and mountaineer Andy Kirkpatrick has signed a deal with award-winning independent publisher Vertebrate... [ full story ]

thumb Blox is a new climbing clothing company based in Sheffield. “Most of our products are hand-made by virgins in Barnsley....” [ full story ]

thumb Practical, organised and unflappable, you'll have what it takes to work in the most challenging climate on Earth - enabling us to... [ full story ]

thumb You've seen our shop in Ambleside. Now try our Website. [ full story ]

thumb Access & Conservation Officer (Regions) Based in Manchester; salary £24,083 - £30,298 depending on experience The British... [ full story ]

thumb Need a harness for winter sports? You've come to the right place. The Super Couloir is an alpine/ski touring harness that has... [ full story ]

thumb On Thursday 25th March, Red Chili and Core will be at HCC offering the chance to try their boots and win your favourite pair!... [ full story ]

thumb A new women's technical waterproof jacket will be available from the end of March. The lightweight and technical 3-layer... [ full story ]

thumb On Friday the 26th of March the Depot is holding the final of Leeds Bouldering League 2009/10 as well as celebrating the Depot's... [ full story ]

Stretchon Grip 22-Mar-10

thumb A close fitting, durable and quick drying stretch glove with a gripping palm. [ full story ]

thumb Leo Houlding, Britain's best-known rock climber and the Lake District's own golden boy is returning to lead a scramble and talk... [ full story ]

thumb "A bright lad who was good at maths and things....." Rab Carrington, BMC President, alpinist and 8a sport climber, explains the... [ full story ]

Who is AMI? 18-Mar-10

thumb The Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) is the representative body for professional mountaineering instructors.... [ full story ]

thumb The MCofS are now seeking nominations from MCofS individual members and members of MCofS clubs to stand for election to our Board... [ full story ]

thumb Available in the UK for the first time ever, Climbing Technology has been created by the most important of Italian qualities –... [ full story ]

thumb With just a few days left to the 4th CWIF, we at The Climbing Works are finishing off the final touches for Saturday's big... [ full story ]

thumb Full Time Sales Assistant - Milton Keynes The Outdoor Shop in Milton Keynes is a busy specialist outdoor retailer with an... [ full story ]

thumb The latest map in the award-winning British Mountain Map series covers the wild granite landscape of Dartmoor. Published by... [ full story ]

thumb Mountain Plan is happy to announce the new arrival of our ski mountaineering site. Watch the VIDEO here... [ full story ]

thumb This ultra-lightweight mid-cut boot is fashioned from rugged Dropstop textile with velour leather reinforcements – perfect for... [ full story ]

thumb Action Challenge UK was set up to create and organise exciting challenge events worldwide for charity and corporate clients.... [ full story ]

thumb Action Challenge UK was set up to create and organise exciting challenge events worldwide. This position sits at the heart of our... [ full story ]

Latest Product News

Announcements direct from the manufacturers

thumb Outside in Hathersage is looking for someone to help with processing, packaging and dispatching online orders and dealing with... [ full story ]

thumb The Instinct Lace Up uses the same revolutionary XS GRIP2 rubber as the Instinct Slipper. Where the Instinct Slipper uses Lorica... [ full story ]

thumb Our most compressible storm shell is so light it practically floats, or at least it's so light that you won't notice you're... [ full story ]

thumb You know how some sponsored climbers have to resole their rock shoes to get the stickiest rubber? Learn their latest secret. [ full story ]

thumb Stay protected with Patagonia's most durable, stormproof 3-layer waterproof/breathable jacket, now made with an updated fabric... [ full story ]

thumb The latest Rockfax guidebook North Wales Classics is now available for pre-order. It contains 340 climbs across North Wales and... [ full story ]

thumb King Kong Climbing Walls are looking for experienced climbing wall technicians to work in the South of England. The work will be... [ full story ]

thumb Climbzone is part of the Xscape, Braehead leisure facility. The Xscape brand stands for excitement, adventure and good times.... [ full story ]

thumb PyB, The National Mountain Centre, is about to launch its fourth real ale. Lush Summer is a light refreshing real ale... [ full story ]

thumb The Patagonia Talus Jacket loves those sunshine ice days on the Ben and looks good about town. Take advantage of yet another... [ full story ]

thumb Bargain climbing harnesses from Zero-G. [ full story ]

thumb Sales Supervisor Full time staff member required to join the team at the Outside Rock Shop at the new Harrogate Climbing... [ full story ]

thumb As part of the Llanberis Mountain Film Festival, The Beacon Climbing Centre will be hosting two masterclasses by Dave MacLeod and... [ full story ]

thumb We've always wanted to do our own proper climbing gear, who wouldn't?So we approached DMM to bash out a limited number of... [ full story ]

thumb Climbers needing organisation and inspiration look no further than our 2010 Rock Chicks Calendar - now 1/2 price! The full... [ full story ]

thumb The enhanced version of the Ultimate Jacket, now in a winter version with ruffled and warm inside. Made from the same proven... [ full story ]

thumb 'A Life in Adaptation', the award-winning documentary about world-renowned Sheffield climber/artist, Andy Parkin, is set for DVD... [ full story ]

thumb The Hooded Nitrous jacket from Mountain Hardwear is one of the best lightweight down jackets out there, available while stocks... [ full story ]

thumb A full time Website Sales and Customer Service Administrator is required to join the team. [ full story ]

thumb There is nothing like seeing theory in practice to fully appreciate the facts and figures behind how well a product works. DMM's... [ full story ]

thumb Montane's limited edition Lite-Speed jacket is windproof, water resistant and when packed is the size of an orange. ... [ full story ]

thumb There is now a non-residential option for the Alpine Festival hosted by Plas y Brenin on the weekend of 24 and 25... [ full story ]


thumb Someone out there is going to get the chance to be a gear tester for a year. We are after someone who is active... [ full story ]

thumb The LLanberis Mountain Film Festival held in early March was a great success. The event featured a photography competition hosted... [ full story ]

thumb Each first Friday of the month DMM are running a week long competition at All you have to do is answer three... [ full story ]

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