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A Brief History

The Ghost of Bonatti - A Brief History of the Petit Dru Rock Scar

Will Sim writes about the history of major rockfalls on the Petit Dru in the Mont Blanc Massif, and reclimbing new routes on its iconic grey streak...


Culm Dancing

Bumbly Exploration on Culm Adventures

As a climber, Dr Dave Hillebrandt is not a household name, although some of you may have found his legacy in the form of garden gnomes placed strategically on certain crags in the South West. This says much about the man. In this late...

Voyages of Discovery (1976-1990)

In the fifth article in the series, Pete O'Sullivan recounts his experiences of this highly memorable and character building coastline. 

Reelin' in the Years (Mid-70's)

Within the fourth article in the series Dave Garner takes us through a fruitful and frantic period of development during...

A Second Wave (1968-73)

In the third instalment of the series, Pat Littlejohn describes the 'second wave' that took over new routing, exploration and...

Salute to the Admiral

I swore gently about weather forecasting as the rain drummed hard on the car windscreen. It had been dry when I chucked my kit in the...

Beginnings (1898-1968)

The beginnings of climbing on the Culm Coast and Baggy Point in North Cornwall and North Devon seem to follow a pattern;...


Out of this World

The Rough Guide to Climbing in the Solar System

THE LIST of people that have summited Mount Everest is hovering around the 10,000 mark. The long-hoped-for winter ascent of K2 was finally pulled off in January. The fourteen eight-thousand metre peaks have very much been 'done' in all seasons and in myriad styles of ascent. You might say that there aren't too many virgin, iconic mountains left to climb – on Earth, that is. But what about beyond this planet? If we had the whole solar system as our playground and neither distance nor money nor technology were an object, where could we go climbing and what sort of fun could we expect? This isn't realistic, but it's going to be a lot of fun.


Tokyo 2020

The Mawem Brothers - Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

Mickael and Bassa Mawem will be the sole sibling pair in the Tokyo 2020 Sport Climbing event, occupying the men's quota places for France. Their journey to Tokyo has been circuitous and uncertain; the brothers describe having started out in life with 'le révers de la médaille,' — the flipside of the coin, or the short straw. Shaped by an unsettled childhood that was stabilised by their resilient mother, who strove to give her sons the opportunity to succeed, the brothers reversed their fortunes through sheer determination and hard work. As the pair prepare for the postponed Tokyo Games, Bassa and Mickael shared the story of their family and climbing origins, described their bond as brothers and business partners in building their brand, discussed diversity in climbing and explained how their mother's unyielding determination inspired them to tackle adversity — in everyday life, or in training — head-on and with conviction. In Tokyo and, they hope, Paris 2024, the brothers will compete to bring home medals for the Mawem family, where a win for one would be a win for all; there's no 'I' in Team Mawem.


First Ascents

An Oral History of the First Winter Ascent of K2

On 16 January 2021, against the backdrop of a global pandemic, a ten-strong all-Nepali team made history in more ways than one. One Magar and nine Sherpas started out in three separate teams, but united to reach a common goal. With mere steps to go, they gathered and marched to the summit in unison, breathlessly singing the national anthem of Nepal and bearing their country's unique red and blue pennant flag. In their own words — and in-between a succession of celebratory receptions in Kathmandu — Nimsdai Purja, Mingma G and Mingma David Sherpa recounted their individual experiences of the climb.


Photo Awards

Marmot Photography Awards 2020

UKC and UKH are proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Marmot Photography Awards

Marmot Photography Awards 2019

UKC and UKH are proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Marmot Photography Awards

Marmot Photography Awards 2018

UKC and UKH are proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Marmot Photography Awards. An automatic selection of five photos from each of the categories on site was made based on the votes from the previous 12 months. Users were then asked to vote for...

Marmot Photography Awards 2017

UKClimbing and UKHillwalking are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Marmot Photography Awards. An automatic...

Marmot Photography Awards 2016

An automatic selection of five photos from each of the catagories on site was made based on the votes from the previous...


The Finest Crags in the UK & Ireland

Curbar

Occupying a majestic position above the Derwent Valley is a playground that is home to some of the peak district's finest lines. Although Curbar has a bit of a reputation for tough grades is does offer a multitude of areas with very distinctive st...

Rhoscolyn

Nestling on Holy Island's south-west coast is a crag for connoisseurs. Hidden amongst the sparkling zawns, sea caves and secluded bays is a metamorphic masterpiece. Mike Hutton strolls down the rocky road to Rhoscolyn on a quest for quartzite.

Almscliff

Occupying a small area north of Leeds, on the flat lands of the lower Wharfedale valley, is a crag that is possibly Yorkshire's finest. A lifetime's worth of routes - over 170 to date - lies waiting for those who like to punch and thrash their way up brutal cracks. The...

Range East, Pembroke

The jagged coastline of south Pembrokeshire is undeniably home to some of the best sea-cliff climbing in the UK, perhaps in the...

Wilton

Mike Hutton continues his tour of the UK and Ireland's finest crags with a visit to Wilton Quarries.

Lewis, Outer Hebrides

Far, far away on the rugged coastline of Western Lewis stand some of the wildest sea cliffs in Britain. Lifetimes worth of new...

Tremadog

Overlooking the village of Tremadog, the sun-blessed cliffs of Craig Pant Ifan and Bwlch y Moch offer over 300 routes ranging from difficult to...


Humans of Climbing

Volume 3

Inspired by the popular Humans of New York Facebook series by Brandon Stanton, we thought that sharing short vignettes from a cross section of the climbing community would serve as an antidote to the political polemic of today's society. Here's...

Volume 2

Inspired by the popular Humans of New York Facebook series by Brandon Stanton, we thought that sharing short vignettes from a cross section of the climbing community would serve as an antidote to the political polemic of today's society. Here's Volume 2 collated from our...

Volume 1

Inspired by the popular Humans of New York Facebook series by Brandon Stanton, we thought that sharing short vignettes from a cross section of the climbing community would serve as an antidote to the political polemic of today's society.


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