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This month we've got 16 new articles, 29 product announcements and 7 independent gear reviews from the UKC testers

UKC Feature Articles

thumbIn part 1 of this comprehensive two-stage article Matt Fuller, Dr. Matthew Morrissey and Dr Mark Taylor discussed the science of... [ full story ]

thumbLast June-July a team of four students from Imperial College set off to a skiing and mountaineering expedition in the Wrangell-St... [ full story ]

thumbMichael Burke takes a look at the increasing popularity of sport climbing in the UK, and whether this is of an environmental... [ full story ]

thumbWith winter conditions firmly established on the hills, here's a timely look at the science of staying warm. In this detailed... [ full story ]

thumbIn summer 2012, Tom Codrington, Ian Cooper and Ian Faulkner from the Oxford University Mountaineering Club took on the Big Walls... [ full story ]

thumbA summary of all the latest content on that was published in November, including: 14 new articles, 41 product... [ full story ]

thumbUKC interviews Austrian climber David Lama on Cerro Torre, Peak Grit, his big plans for Pakistan and more. Earlier this year... [ full story ]

thumbLast week we ran a fun video of Pirmin Bertle climbing an 8B 'builder problem' on a bridge at Fribourg, Switzerland. Following... [ full story ]

thumbA cool bouldering video about a great looking area in the South of France - check it out! [ full story ]

thumbOn December 1 Nant Peris-based fell running guide Iain Ridgway completed a solo, unsupported winter Paddy Buckley round - one of... [ full story ]

Destination Articles

thumbTopher Dagg and Sebastien Rider, authors of the new guidebook '7aMax Scottish Sport', give us a tour of low to mid grade sport... [ full story ]

UKClimbing FAQs

thumbFrom the still-evolving science behind them to tips on how best to avoid getting caught out, avalanches are a huge and complex... [ full story ]

Gear Reviews

Independent reviews from the UKC gear testers

thumbUKC competition winner Jonathan Fuller reviews his prize: the NeoAir XTherm from Therm-a-Rest. More information about the mat... [ full review ]

thumbA guidebook to the most celebrated canyoning descents in the alpine regions of northern Italy and Ticino (Switzerland), with... [ full review ]

thumbViv Scott reviews this mid-weight (around 550g) down jacket, and finds it best suited for use in single digit (degrees C)... [ full review ]

thumbThe UKC team take a look at 6 lightweight ropes for sport climbing and trad climbing varying in diameter from 8.9mm to 9.4mm. [ full review ]

Wide Boyz DVD 07-Dec-12

thumbUKC Assistant News Editor Bjorn Pohl takes a look at the new Wide Boyz DVD from Hot Aches Productions which covers the antics of... [ full review ]

thumbThis year Evolv launched the Geshido (lace up) and the Geshido SC (Velcro), two shoes built on the same last hand-carved by Chris... [ full review ]

Gear Reviews

Independent reviews from the UKC gear testers

thumbThe Andrea Boldrini brandname is relatively unknown in the UK but has a strong following in the rest of Europe, says Paul... [ full review ]

Latest Product News

Announcements direct from the manufacturers

thumbA guidebook to the most celebrated canyoning descents in the alpine regions of northern Italy and Ticino (Switzerland), with... [ full story ]

thumbAfter years of meticulous planning, on the 6th of December Fiennes set off on a ship bound for Antarctica. He and his team aim to... [ full story ]

thumbA performance rock shoe with a down-turned fit providing superb edging performance on overhanging and vertical terrain. [ full story ]

thumbSnow and Rock Sale Now On [ full story ]

thumbGreat deals on The North Face, Berghaus, RAB, Marmot, Arc'teryx and more at Costwold: in store and online. [ full story ]

thumbFinal Reductions While Stocks Last! [ full story ]

thumbMassive quantities of Mountain Hardwear clearance and samples have arrived for the last time! Thousands of items available from... [ full story ]

thumbAt just £100 this ultra-light (175g), super efficient, stable and durable stove works using a variety of fuels and is exclusive... [ full story ]

thumbBattle the elements before reflecting on your adventures over a nice brew in these exclusive Alpkit mugs. [ full story ]

thumbWild Country have issued a Voluntary Recall for some recent production of the Helium karabiner and quickdraws made from those... [ full story ]

thumbArmaid is a self-massage device that gets right to the source of elbow problems. [ full story ]

thumbEquip Outdoor Technologies Ltd based in Alfreton, Derbyshire... [ full story ]

thumbIncludes two nights accommodation at Plas y Brenin, meals, guided walks and live comedy evening for only £170. [ full story ]

thumbNewly redesigned with enhanced Gore-Tex Pro fabric this jacket has a softer face and a refined fit. A fortress for extreme... [ full story ]

thumbThe Climbers' Shop have the excellent Rab Summit Down Jacket at just £165 (RRP £230). This is a seriously warm and hard-wearing... [ full story ]

thumbTim Emmett, Mountain Hardwear athlete, chooses some of his favourite Mountain Hardwear winter clothing. [ full story ]

thumbJust in time for Christmas, we've got Metolius fingerboards at a bargain price! [ full story ]

Latest Product News

Announcements direct from the manufacturers

thumbIce climbing routes to make your pulse race, top international athletes and a party atmosphere - the Ice Climbing Festival in... [ full story ]

thumbSave on EMS ice screw set deals with various combinations of Black Diamond Express ice screws, or get an ice axe pair deal with... [ full story ]

thumbA full range of Mountain Hardwear technical clothing and camping equipment is available to buy online and in store at Ellis... [ full story ]

thumbFor the last 5 years we have run a 'Be in my Calendar' competition in conjunction with Keith Sharples. This year the competition... [ full story ]

thumbThe Women's Terminus Jacket and Pants have been designed to cater for females with a passion for the outdoors in winter. [ full story ]

thumbRock Climbing Essentials is the sixth title in the BMC's series of skills DVDs. Our latest film follows four climbers on single... [ full story ]

thumbDo you want to go on an expedition but aren't sure how to go about it? Are you an expeditioner looking to extend your knowledge?... [ full story ]

thumbThe UK and Ireland have so many guidebooks to climbing, that now the BMC has published a guidebook to the guidebooks. Blimey! [ full story ]

thumb5x Nitro Quickdraws for £50 while stocks last. [ full story ]

thumbThe Crag Station Winter Lecture Series will be launched by local boy done good Andy Turner on the 7th December in Greenfield near... [ full story ]

thumbFully featured bombproof cragging pack, ideal for typical UK climbers and now just £39 with free UK delivery. [ full story ]

thumbThe Drifter is a sharp looking shoe ideal for any climber, it's clean, sleek profile gives superb performance with fantastic... [ full story ]


thumbHere's your chance to win a copy of the BMC's Cheshire & Merseyside Sandstone Guidebook. We have Five copies to give-away. Just... [ full story ]

thumbThe annual Kandersteg Ice Climbing Festival in Switzerland will be staged for the 14th time from 4 to 6 January 2013.In this... [ full story ]

thumbNeed some extra traction on that icy pavement? The Petzl Spiky (SRP £15) is a rubber slip-over sole equipped with six carbon... [ full story ]

thumbWe have FIVE copies of Yorkshire Gritstone: Volume 1: Almscliff to Slipstones to give away in this easy to enter competition. [ full story ]

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