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Understanding and Managing the High-Altitude Environment

Stephen Taylor explores the challenges that living and moving in high-altitude environments present to the human body and how to manage them...


UKC Gear Guide - Supported By Rab Choosing a rucksack and fitting it correctly

Rachael and Rob give an overview of different sized packs and show us a variety of sizes, and then explain how to correctly fit them.

Montane Alpine Preparation Tips for Down Climbing

Rebecca Coles gives her tips on how to safely and efficiently down climb. In the UK, it's rare that you need to down climbing and Rebecca advises on a couple of different methods, from belaying to moving together.

UKC Gear Guide - Supported By Rab Mid-Layers Explained

Rachael and Rob take us through mid-layers - possibly the most varied range of garments in the outdoors. They talk about classic fleeces, more modern hybrids and even the pieces that resemble softshells.

Montane Alpine Preparation Racking up for an Alpine Scramble

In this video, Rebecca Coles tells us what she would take on an alpine scramble where a variety of techniques will be...

UKC Gear Guide - Supported By Rab Baselayers Explained

Rachael Crewesmith talks us through baselayers; from how they work, to the differences between materials like merino, synthetic, and...

UKC Gear Guide - Supported By Rab Down Jackets Explained

Rachael and Rob explain the pros and cons of using down jackets, what features to look out for, and the fit.

Montane Alpine Preparation Scrambling & Climbing Safely and Efficiently

In this episode of Alpine Preparation, Rebecca Coles talks us through how to move safely and...

UKC Gear Guide - Supported By Rab Synthetic Insulation Explained

UKC Gear Guide - Supported By Rab Down vs Synthetic Insulation

Montane Alpine Preparation The advantages of block leading

UKC Gear Guide - Supported By Rab Light Alpine Climbing Shells

Montane Alpine Preparation Speed and Efficiency at Belays

UKC Gear Guide - Supported By Rab A Guide to Windshells

Montane Alpine Preparation How to take coils

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UKC Gear Guide - Supported By Rab

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Montane Alpine Preparation

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Using Boards For Training

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The Female Climber Series

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Understanding Winter Weather With Plas Y Brenin

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Lattice Home Training


Ten Top Tips for Buying Rock Shoes

In this article we look at tips and hints for buying rock shoes / rock boots. The tips and advice are aimed primarily at beginners, but some are also useful for experienced climbers. The article also contains links to our UKC rock shoe reviews and gives...

5 Things to Improve Your Bouldering

Neil Gresham concentrates on bouldering and comes up with a five point plan to get more out of your bouldering. He includes a little scoring system so that you can try and self-evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses.

Steep Ice Climbing Technique

Top winter climber and professional instructor George McEwan gives us step by step instructions on good ice climbing technique. This article includes the basic movements involved, some advanced techniques, and is illustrated with excellent photographs...

Ten Tips For Bouldering Indoors

In this article, Dave Flanagan gives 10 tips on how to improve at bouldering indoors and also how to use bouldering to improve your climbing outside... 

10 Tips on Staying Warm in Winter by Andy Kirkpatrick

100 things you learn from experience

Belaying - 'Rope Loop' or 'Belay Loop'?

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