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James McHaffie and Ben Bransby get stuck in at Crack Fest 2020.  © Pete Whittaker

The Future of Competition Climbing - Crack is Back

WideBoy and crack connoisseur Pete Whittaker makes the case for more cracks in climbing competitions... ''The Rose move' was the '80s. 'Crimp, pull and lock' was the '90s. Volume climbing came in the '00s. 'Run-and-jump' was the teen years. We're into the '20s baby, and the '20s is crack. '


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Grouse - what it's all about  © Scottish Land and Estates

Grouse Moors - Benign Tradition or Eco Disaster?

Can grouse shooting ever be compatible with 21st Century environmental concerns? We've asked an opponent of the industry and an advocate for grouse moors to each state their case.

Sunrise this morning over hen cloud from the Roaches  © Mike Hutton Images
Sunrise this morning over hen cloud from the Roaches  © Mike Hutton Images

The Landscapes Review - The Future of National Parks is in Our Hands

The Glover Review is the first official appraisal in 70 years of the way England runs its National Parks and AONBs. From a startling loss of biodiversity to a shameful lack of diversity among visitors, all is not rosy....

Has roadside camping become a victim of its own popularity?  © Dan Bailey
Has roadside camping become a victim of its own popularity?  © Dan Bailey

Roadside Camping Bans - The Case For and Against

Anti social camping has become a hot topic in recent years, but what's the solution? We've asked a proponent of camping bans and a defender of public access to each make their case.

Jumping for joy on Glaramara  © Ice Nine
Jumping for joy on Glaramara  © Ice Nine

What Makes the Lake District a World-Class Destination?

A campaigner against the proposed Whinlatter gondola, Jon Derry, offers a local perspective on why the...

A bulldozed track on the Bealach Horn below Foinaven, once one of the wild places of the far north  © Dan Bailey
A bulldozed track on the Bealach Horn below Foinaven, once one of the wild places of the far north  © Dan Bailey

When Will Politicians Get a Grip on Hill Tracks?

While ordinary people need to apply for planning permission to build modest extensions to their houses, tracks...

Self portrait as an anti-selfie, Cederberg, South Africa  © Dave Pickford
Self portrait as an anti-selfie, Cederberg, South Africa  © Dave Pickford

Outside The Panopticon: An argument for living and climbing without social media

David Pickford explains why, in his view, social media is detrimental to...

Glen Etive - it's certainly scenic, but how 'wild' is it?  © Dan Bailey
Glen Etive - it's certainly scenic, but how 'wild' is it?  © Dan Bailey

It's Time to Go Beyond 'Wilderness'

The approval of a series of hydro power schemes in Glen Etive has dismayed many in the outdoor community. But at the root of...

A family outdoor adventure is much better than an afternoon playing Minecraft  © Rachel Crolla & Carl McKeating
A family outdoor adventure is much better than an afternoon playing Minecraft  © Rachel Crolla & Carl McKeating

Why You Should Get Out More With the Kids

The lower terraces of the Allt a' Chaorainn  © David Lintern
The lower terraces of the Allt a' Chaorainn  © David Lintern

Glen Etive Hydro: a Symbol of Sacrifices to Come

Maybe some moments actually aren't worth sharing after all...?  © Dan Bailey
Maybe some moments actually aren't worth sharing after all...?  © Dan Bailey

The Trouble with Social Media in the Outdoors

Rescue in the clouds  © johnhenderson
Rescue in the clouds  © johnhenderson

When Should Mountain Rescue Refuse a Call-Out?

Zofia Reych: 'It was on social media that I first saw a strong and confident female climber.'  © Andy Day
Zofia Reych: 'It was on social media that I first saw a strong and confident female climber.'  © Andy Day

Cutting-Edge Climbing or Insta-fame?

Lochan nan Cat - an inspiring outdoor image perhaps, but how sustainable is the kit that kept me warm shooting it?  © Tomas Frydrych
Lochan nan Cat - an inspiring outdoor image perhaps, but how sustainable is the kit that kept me warm shooting it?  © Tomas Frydrych

How Green is Your Gear? Not Very

The Open Forum event.  © BMC
The Open Forum event.  © BMC

The BMC - Rolling with the Times?

Bullying in the climbing community  © UKC Articles
Bullying in the climbing community  © UKC Articles

Athlete Loses Sponsorship for Bullying: A Response to the Response

Crumbling road edges on the A82 in Glen Coe  © Emily Donoho
Crumbling road edges on the A82 in Glen Coe  © Emily Donoho

We Need to Talk About Potholes

Andy Nicholsen happy while lowering off his first Kalymnos 7a.  © Chris Craggs
Andy Nicholsen happy while lowering off his first Kalymnos 7a.  © Chris Craggs

Guidebooks should omit specific Sport Route Lengths

Sustainability montage  © Tomas Frydrych
Sustainability montage  © Tomas Frydrych

Sustainability in the Outdoors Depends on Fair Shares

Thirlmere - a new test case for the future of our National Parks  © Mike Prince
Thirlmere - a new test case for the future of our National Parks  © Mike Prince

The Thirlmere Zipwire is a Threat to the Lake District


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