UKC content in November 2010

© Ken Wilson
This month we've got 16 new articles, 46 product announcements and 8 independent gear reviews from the UKC testers

UKC Feature Articles

thumb In a dramatic change from 2009 where the Kendal Mountain Festival was plagued by bad weather, this year's tribal gathering of... [ full story ]

thumb The Epicentre sponsor the British Junior Team and have put together these mini profiles of some of the team members who will be... [ full story ]

thumb James Pearson - one of Britain's brightest climbing stars recently relocated to Innsbruck in Austria. Whilst there he has been... [ full story ]

thumb UKC Forum User Bob says: "The UK grading system is beginning to struggle to cope with the sustainedness of modern routes and... [ full story ]

thumb “Oh, are there mountains in Antarctica?” I used to get this question a lot, when I told people what I do. It seems for most... [ full story ]

thumb A nostalgic look back on the climbing scene centring on the Nick Estcourt Outdoor Sports shop in Altrincham in the late... [ full story ]

thumb UKC catches up with top big wall climber and mountain guide Stu McAleese as he prepares for his lecture at this year's Kendal... [ full story ]

Use your knees! 15-Nov-10

thumb In this article top trad and sport climber Jordan Buys confesses... he uses his knees! "...enormous purple bruising,... [ full story ]

thumb Jamie Maddison takes a trip to Kyrgyzstan and discovers more than just climbing. "Standing in the shade of the cool... [ full story ]

thumb How do you share a passion with someone who doesn't understand? Climbing addicts try hard to spread the word – usually to... [ full story ]

thumb A summary of all the latest content on from the past month, including: 19 new articles, 43 product announcements... [ full story ]

Destination Articles

thumb Having taken a thirty footer that ended on the ground - slate at that! - I hadn't been doing much climbing for a while. However,... [ full story ]

Gear Reviews

Independent reviews from the UKC gear testers

thumb The Spantik is no newcomer, and after over four years it still dominates its boot category, says Jon Griffith. There is a... [ full review ]

thumb Jon Ratcliffe reviews the Red Chilli Corona VCR Rock Shoe. Video edited by Ray Saunders. [ full review ]

thumb Three helmets on test: the Black Diamond Tracer, Wild Country Rock Lite and C.A.M.P. Armour Lady. [ full review ]

thumb A new guidebook to the Valle Dell'Orco in northwest Italy has prompted something of a revival in trad climbing amongst normally... [ full review ]

thumb Andy Moles checks out the long-awaited latest edition of the Mournes climbing guide. [ full review ]

thumb 'Cyborg' brings up images of Robocop and Terminator, says Kevin Avery. So did these crampons give him any special powers? [ full review ]

thumb UKC Chief Editor Jack Geldard puts the British made Climblox Grit Pants to the test... but not on Gritstone. He does give 'em... [ full review ]

thumb Viv Scott tests the Rab Demand in Scotland, while Jon Griffith goes alpine climbing with the Patagonia M10. The ideal... [ full review ]

thumb Sean Kelly is a keen climbing and mountain photographer. His photos have appeared in several climbing guidebooks, and he has a... [ full story ]

Latest Product News

Announcements direct from the manufacturers

thumb A round up of the latest winter hard shells. [ full story ]

thumb Over £400,000 is being spent on the redevelopment of Kendal Wall over the next few months, and several new jobs are being... [ full story ]

thumb Keep your head warm and look real stylish right through the winter with a Black Yak knitted hat from Alpkit. [ full story ]

Latest Product News

Announcements direct from the manufacturers

thumb Evolv Venga - New kid's shoe from Evolv. [ full story ]

Psyche II - DVD 25-Nov-10

thumb Out for 2010, Posing Productions presents PSYCHE II, the follow up to the successful 2007 film PSYCHE. Featuring 'The Prophet'... [ full story ]

thumb How many of us ignore the mental aspect of training for climbing? Be it a fear of falling or simply a failure to prepare, most of... [ full story ]

thumb The Alta II Jacket (available in both men's and ladies' fit) is lighter in weight with less bulk than its predecessor (the Alta... [ full story ]

thumb Will you be the first in the World to own a Alpkit tent? Our annual Christmas competition starts on the 1st December. [ full story ]

thumb We just had this fantastic review in from Ultra-runner Mark Hartell, he went out on the Welsh 3000's in winter with Stephen Watts... [ full story ]

thumb The Depot in Leeds is proud to announce the Battle Of Britain bouldering competition 2010.Full day competition for all abilities... [ full story ]

thumb Be prepared for the unexpected this winter with Adventure Medical Kits Heatsheets Emergency Bivvy [ full story ]

thumb Petzl introduces the CORE: the rechargeable battery for the TIKKA2 / ZIPKA2 line of headlamps! The goal: more light and less... [ full story ]

thumb Sir Chris Bonington, Leo Houlding and Mick Fowler, all together at the Royal Geographical Society this Saturday as part of the... [ full story ]

thumb Scarpa's no1 best selling mountaineering boot worldwide provides a super light and versatile alpine boot. The boot of choice for... [ full story ]

thumb Great Gear Offers from Scarpa, Grivel and Outdoor Research at Outside, Hathersage on 4/5th December and an evening lecture by... [ full story ]

thumb Cold, wet and scared is no way to go through life - unless you're an alpinist, and then at least you have the DAS. Perfect and... [ full story ]

thumb High Sports are looking to recruit a Climbing Wall Manager for their wall located at Rotherham Leisure Complex. This is a full... [ full story ]

thumb A soft shell jacket ideal for Alpine climbing, trek and travel, mountain walking and skiing. [ full story ]

thumb Marmot's Alpinist pant has been specifically designed to meet the need of Alpinists, guides and off piste skiers. [ full story ]

thumb In January we will open one of the largest bouldering centres in the country in Liverpool. There are a number of job vacancies at... [ full story ]

thumb An easy way of clipping into anchors (bolts), with a telescopic reach pole and another attachment for cleaning out of reach holds. [ full story ]

thumb Tom Randall has joined the RAB and describes his approach to climbing. There is also a new video featuring Tom completing the... [ full story ]

thumb Mountain Equipment Lightline Duvet special price £130. [ full story ]

thumb The Climbing Academy are the importers and retailers of Ice Holds. Here Tim Emmett trys them, taking winter training to a new and... [ full story ]

thumb UKC Competition winner Scott Allen won his Sterling 'Sharma' Rope a couple of weeks ago and headed straight off to El Chorro for... [ full story ]

thumb Until 15th December, BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE on the entire range of Altissimo holds! [ full story ]

thumb Transition Extreme in Aberdeen are looking for a full-time Duty Climbing Instructor responsible for the day-to-day supervision of... [ full story ]

Latest Product News

Announcements direct from the manufacturers

thumb The new BEAL video presents its expertise in the manufacture of climbing and security ropes. From rock climbing to work at... [ full story ]

thumb Red Chili announced two new big hitters to their European team with 4 times ice climbing champion Ines Papert and the Frankenjura... [ full story ]

thumb The holy grail of soft shells, the Kishtwar is designed specifically for high-aerobic endeavours in foul weather. Constructed... [ full story ]

thumb Lightweight half ropes with great versatility and very high durability. All technical specifications are designed to increase... [ full story ]

thumb Check out the amazing new King Kong 2011 Calendar. [ full story ]

thumb 80mm deep, hinged pad for easy folding and storage. [ full story ]

thumb UKC November Deal Of The Month - Free Rab 120L Expedition Kit Bag with every Rab purchase of £100!!! [ full story ]

thumb Late September Sterling Rope arranged a visit from athletes Sonnie Trotter, Chris Sharma, Daila Ojeda and Joey Kinder. This... [ full story ]

thumb Cotswold Outdoor are hosting a series of lectures through October and November from British climbing legend 'big' Ron Fawcett.... [ full story ]

thumb The First snow has fallen and the first routes have been climbed, make the Epicentre your one stop shop this winter. We will have... [ full story ]

thumb BD Cyborg Crampons go anywhere do anything and on Special Offer for this month only! £124.00 [ full story ]

thumb The Crinum is prAna's latest and literally coolest climbing trouser. [ full story ]

thumb Metolius Gripsaver Plus - now available in Hard! [ full story ]

thumb The new Phantom Guide fulfils the winter aspect of the next generation of the Phantom rage. Very light, precise fit and new... [ full story ]

thumb 25% off RRP on Beal climbing ropes until 20th of December at the Barn Climbing Shop. [ full story ]

thumb First Ascent (Agency/Distributor for Black Diamond, Cascade Designs, MSR and other leading outdoor brands) are looking for a... [ full story ]

thumb Vapour-rise kit has now been a firm favourite in the Rab® range for many years so for anyone who hasn't yet experienced... [ full story ]

thumb The new Mammut Shop in Shop is now open at The Square in Hathersage. Come have a look at some of the finest alpine clothing... [ full story ]

thumb After more than 40 years and hundreds of expeditions, the Annapurna remains firmly established as our premier off the shelf down... [ full story ]


thumb Week three of the Polartec competition. Last weeks winner was Mark McDonald of Luton. More great prizes, three new questions. [ full story ]

thumb We have two winners for the Allcord Logo Photo Competition. [ 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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