content in September 2011

by UKC News Sep/2011
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This month we've got 15 new articles, 35 product announcements and 2 independent gear reviews from the UKC testers

UKC Feature Articles

thumbLuca Signorelli gives a full obituary of the legendary Italian alpinist Walter Bonatti. In the end, I feel that the most... [ full story ]

thumbEarlier this month UKC reported on French climber Arnaud Petit's traditional ascent of Black Bean, a huge 70m 8b sport route at... [ full story ]

thumbYoung British climber Ed Hamer tells us about his recent competition achievements in the World Youth Championships, as well as... [ full story ]

thumbIn this exclusive excerpt from his new book Cold Wars, it is winter 2002 and Andy is in Patagonia with Ian Parnell. Having... [ full story ]

thumbDuncan Noakes has been training all winter. Now he is ready to rock. [ full story ]

thumbJon Jones is an instructor at Glenmore Lodge, Scotland. He holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate and is an extremely... [ full story ]

thumbThe Wild Country Friend has been redesigned. This is the story of the original Cam. [ full story ]

thumbA poem about the late sixties / early seventies climbing scene in North Wales: [ full story ]

thumbIn this short and fun article Heather 'EB' Swift recounts a day out on the classic Welsh cliff of Lliwedd with two members of her... [ full story ]

thumbA summary of all the latest content on from the past month, including: 7 new articles, 28 product announcements... [ full story ]

UKClimbing FAQs

thumbStrong shoulders aren't necessary healthy shoulders. Ever had pain or twinges in your shoulders? In this classic UKC article... [ full story ]

thumbMountain guides, climbing instructors and mountain leaders.... what are they?! If you are looking for a climbing instructor or... [ full story ]

Gear Reviews

Independent reviews from the UKC gear testers

thumbThe new Helium Friends are finally here, and Viv Scott has been testing them out. The review includes an explanation from Wild... [ full review ]

thumbToby Archer tests out the versatile world of triple rated ropes, and reviews three alternatives from three of the biggest rope... [ full review ]

Latest Product News

Announcements direct from the manufacturers

thumbSales Office Administrator Equip Outdoor Technologies Ltd ( ) based in Alfreton, Derbyshire specialise... [ full story ]

thumbPolartec® Neoshell® – the brand's first waterproof, breathable fabric - has been voted as the outstanding product innovation for... [ full story ]

thumbThe North Face Men's Point Five Jacket is a Gore-Tex© Pro shell that is perfect for Scottish winter climbing. [ full story ]

thumbGiving uncompromising protection in the most challenging conditions, this jacket comes equipped with full expedition... [ full story ]

Latest Product News

Announcements direct from the manufacturers

thumbWindproof warmth: this jacket combines a lightweight and supple nylon Windstopper shell exterior with 100g PrimaLoft Eco... [ full story ]

thumbA strippable, lightweight alpine pack with reACTIV suspension. [ full story ]

thumbThe Kendal Mountain Festival is upon us once again and we have been through the packed programme to see who the main speakers are... [ full story ]

thumbLakes Climber and Runner, based in Ambleside, is looking for a new full-time shop manager. [ full story ]

thumbA new tent from the highly acclaimed US brand Nemo. This is an ultra light shelter designed to provide maximum room for minimum... [ full story ]

thumbHere in the UK it's starting to feel a bit chilly and this being Britain, we're also experiencing some rain! One of our new... [ full story ]

thumbWe're now official stockists of Mammut's super exclusive Eiger Extreme Range. [ full story ]

thumbThe new Reflex has been designed to help emerging climbers progress swiftly through the grades, with a particular focus on the... [ full story ]

thumbThe time has come for a ski film that stands for something. Join Sherpas Cinema as they unite spectacular cinematography with... [ full story ]

thumbThe BMC is seeking a student studying a marketing related subject (either degree or masters level) to undertake a 6 month work... [ full story ]

thumbMatt Heason introduces the REEL ROCK tour 2011 - a series of film evenings featuring a collection of the best North American... [ full story ]

thumbThe Stretch Neo range takes advantage of an all new technology from Polartec - the new Neoshell® fabric. Neoshell Fabric takes... [ full story ]

thumbThe Stratos raises the bar for high-performance climbing harnesses. Although the new generation of laminated harnesses look... [ full story ]

thumbPatagonia's Flagship UK store opened its doors to the public for the first time yesterday. Situated in a historic building in... [ full story ]

thumbThis final OutDoor Show report is all about the gleaming hard stuff. Coming this winter and next spring: several new/updated,... [ full story ]

thumbNew from Berghaus is the Velum Jacket, designed for fast moving climbing and mountain pursuits. The Velum features a 'Bergonomic'... [ full story ]

thumbIt's time again for the Berghaus Adventure Challenge which offers funding support to expeditions and adventures. Read on to vote... [ full story ]

thumbOR's burliest, most featured alpine 'suit of armour' built for mountaineers who spend extended time in the most extreme... [ full story ]

Latest Product News

Announcements direct from the manufacturers

thumbFor Autumn/Winter 2011, the Arc'teryx Alpha and Beta FL (Fast and Light) Jackets feature innovative new Gore-tex Active Shell... [ full story ]

thumbBeacon Climbing Walls in North Wales are currently recruting new staff for their climbing wall building team. We have a number of... [ full story ]

thumbIf you were not one of the lucky winners of our recent GORE-TEX® Active Shell competition at and [ full story ]

thumbAn ultra-light, versatile helmet. Weighing only 235 grams, the Meteor III + sets the standard in terms of lightness and comfort.... [ full story ]

thumbCome along and try out the Evolv range, including our performance Talon model, and the brand new Shaman! Details of the Evolv... [ full story ]

thumbIn early August crowds descended on The Castle Climbing Centre for the annual Garden Party. The event included a dramatic... [ full story ]

thumbBoulder Manchester is Manchester's biggest winter bouldering league. An inclusive event, with prizes from some of the industry's... [ full story ]

thumbThe warmth and comfort of Merino wool plus Cocona technology adds to the fast drying performance of our Meco base layers. [ full story ]

thumbBlack Diamond Quickdraws now 25% off at Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports! [ full story ]

thumbThe Alpine cut, 3-layer Gore-Tex Point Five Jacket from The North Face features a helmet compatible hood, pit zips and a... [ full story ]

thumbThe AMA is the largest mountaineering club in the UK and is actively involved in every aspect of mountaineering from introducing... [ full story ]

thumbCold Wars is the follow-up to Andy Kirkpatrick's award-winning debut book Psychovertical, winner of the Boardman Tasker Prize for... [ full story ]

thumbSuitable for technical approach routes and via ferrata thanks to the extra-grip sole and the toe designed specifically for crag... [ full story ]


thumbA new event for this year's Kendal Mountain Festival is the Mountain Equipment Pub Quiz. This will be held on Friday (19 Nov)... [ full story ]

thumbThirty three years in the making and the distillation all Wild Country's knowledge the new Helium Friends build on the unique... [ full story ] is running a competition for the next month. Each week there will be a new question. Answer it correctly and... [ full story ]

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