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On open moorland you're alright providing it hasn't rained too much - otherwise things get slippy!  © UKC Gear

Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2

The follow-up to the original Norvan, the Norvan LD is pitched as being both lighter and more durable. It is designed with long...

The Fitz Roy on Monty Python's Direct at Kyloe-in-the-woods  © UKC Gear
The Fitz Roy on Monty Python's Direct at Kyloe-in-the-woods  © UKC Gear

Looking for Wild: Fitz Roy pants + Cilaos shorts

Looking for Wild are a new French climbing clothing brand whose clothes are ideal for climbing whilst also being extremely stylish. The build quality, active cut and environmental credentials are particular plus points, we reckon.

It's a good size for hillwalking and mountaineering in spring/summer, when less gear is needed  © Dan Bailey
It's a good size for hillwalking and mountaineering in spring/summer, when less gear is needed  © Dan Bailey

Deuter Guide Lite Pack

If you're after a mid-sized lightweight technical day pack for hillwalking, scrambling, summer alpine trips or mountain rock, the Guide Lite hits the spot at a very reasonable price, says Dan Bailey.

The Keele Peak's breathability continues to function impressively well during warmer, more humid conditions  © UKC Gear
The Keele Peak's breathability continues to function impressively well during warmer, more humid conditions  © UKC Gear

Marmot Keele Peak Jacket, feat. Pertex Shield Pro

Featuring Pertex Shield Pro fabric, which is soft, stretchy and highly breathable, the Keele Peak is a fully-featured jacket that manages to achieve a lot for its weight, says Rob Greenwood.

Skyline range thumbnail  © Dan Bailey
Skyline range thumbnail  © Dan Bailey

Rab's Skyline Range for Runners

Rab's Skyline range, aimed primarily at mountain runners, covers a full selection of lightweight clothing from shorts and leggings, to tops and jackets. We look at some key items from across the range.

Peak District White Peak East montage  © Cicerone

Walking in the Peak District - White Peak East

Large Pads are ideal for higher problems, or those that have an awkward landing  © Mike Hutton

Group Test Large Bouldering Mats

It's light, and snug for its weight  © Dan Bailey

Rab Cirrus Flex Vest

Peak Limestone Rockfax - Pre-order Now  © Rockfax

Peak Limestone Rockfax


Wild Country Zero Friends  © Wild Country

Open Comp Win a Wild Country .1, .2 & .3 Zero Friend

Introducing the new Zeros for solid holding power in small placements. The ultimate weapon for thin cracks, pockets or pin scars on cutting-edge climbs and extreme adventures.

Rockfax App Android Version  © UKC Gear
Rockfax App Android Version  © UKC Gear

Open Comp Win a year's subscription to the Rockfax App - 10 to give away

How can you get access to 40+ guidebooks for the price of a single book? Well, you could subscribe to the Rockfax App. Or you could win a free subscription for a whole year by entering this competition.

Lowe Alpine Rock Range  © Lowe Alpine
Lowe Alpine Rock Range  © Lowe Alpine

Open Comp WIN a day at Stanage Edge with Andy Cave thanks to Lowe Alpine

From the pack brand born of one of the world's greatest climbing families, Lowe Alpine is celebrating the release of an all new Rock range to their SS20 collection by offering you the chance to win an epic day out at one of...

Scarpa Booster Competition  © Scarpa
Scarpa Booster Competition  © Scarpa

Open Comp Win a Pair of Scarpa Booster

The Booster is - in the words of Scarpa Designer Nathan Hoette - "all about the precision". It took 87...

Equinox Tee  © Mountain Equipment
Equinox Tee  © Mountain Equipment

Open Comp Win £150 of Clothing from the Mountain Equipment Rock Climbing Collection

Explaining in words why rock climbing matters to us is an almost impossible...

Black Diamond Session Competition  © UKC Gear
Black Diamond Session Competition  © UKC Gear

Open Comp Win a Pair of Black Diamond Session Approach Shoes

Engineered to send in style, the Black Diamond Session combines ultimate comfort with...

MSR Reactor 3x2  © MSR
MSR Reactor 3x2  © MSR

Winner announced WINNER - Win the MSR 1.7L Reactor Stove

MSR's much-loved Reactor Stove has become a staple for wilderness backpackers looking for cooking performance in...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Pre-order now: The Beaches of Wales

The complete guide to every beach and cove around the Welsh coastline

Lakes Sport & Slate  ©  FRCC / Wired Guides
Lakes Sport & Slate  ©  FRCC / Wired Guides

Lakes Sport & Slate - A Different Angle on Lake District Rock

The Lake District is considered to be a bedrock of traditional rock climbing, as detailed in the rock climbing guide LAKE DISTRICT ROCK, published jointly FRCC GUIDES and WIRED GUIDES.

Zeros Matrimonio  © Wild Country
Zeros Matrimonio  © Wild Country

Wild Country Zero Friends

Introducing the new Zeros for solid holding power in small placements. The ultimate weapon for thin cracks, pockets or pin scars on cutting-edge climbs and extreme adventures

The Climbing Bible - Technical, physical and mental training for rock climbing

Want to improve your climbing technique? The Climbing Bible collates the...

Black Diamond Approach Shoes  © Black Diamond
Black Diamond Approach Shoes  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Approach Shoes

For Spring/Summer 2020 Black Diamond have introduced a range of Approach Shoes that cover all bases. Whether you're...

Nikwax Camping Kit  © Nikwax
Nikwax Camping Kit  © Nikwax

Nikwax Camping Kit

With campsites now open and bookings flooding in its time to dust off your camping kit and thanks to Nikwax's new Camping Kit...

Weird rope work, holds that are just out of reach - just a little tease  © Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing
Weird rope work, holds that are just out of reach - just a little tease  © Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing

New Scottish Rock on Rockfax App

The Scottish Mountaineering Club have released a selection of crags from Scottish Rock Climbs on the Rockfax...

Wild Country virtual showroom  © Wild Country
Wild Country virtual showroom  © Wild Country

Wild Country Product Preview - Spring/Summer 2021

Cocoon Hammocks - Ultralight Luxury

Action shot  © Red Chili
Action shot  © Red Chili

Red Chili 2020 climbing shoe range

DOLOMITE Steinbock WT GTX lightweight hiking boots


Black Diamond SAVINGS at The Climbers Shop / Joe Browns

Big savings on Black Diamond equipment this summer at The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown's

Outside Deal of the Month  © Outside
Outside Deal of the Month  © Outside

Scarpa Instinct VS Deal at Outside

The Instinct VS is a hugely popular performance climbing shoe, and the women's version is perfect for anyone who prefers a lower volume fit (up to eu 42). For a limited time we have an exclusive deal - just £95 while stocks last.


Latest Group Tests

These feature many different product ranges, reviewed by the UKC editorial team

Large Pads are ideal for higher problems, or those that have an awkward landing  © Mike Hutton

Large Bouldering Mats

Biggest isn't always best, but in bouldering it certainly has its place. Larger pads are ideal for higher problems, awkward landings, or anyone with lower limb niggles - but on the other hand they're less ideal when it comes to storing or carry...

Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear
Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear

Bombproof Winter Mountain Shells

What's the ideal shell for Scottish winter climbing and gnarly hill walks? A beefy and protective one! Here we review tough technical jackets from 12 leading manufacturers.

2am on the Cuillin Ridge  © Dan Bailey
2am on the Cuillin Ridge  © Dan Bailey

Compact Headtorches

Modern front-mounted headtorches are neat and lightweight, yet pack enough power for most needs. Here we look in depth at five alternatives across the price spectrum.


Trade Show Reports

ISPO 2020

Trade Show Reports from the UKC editorial team

ISPO 2020 montage  © UKC/UKH Gear

Best in Show

The first major trade show of the new decade brought the world's outdoor industry to Munich in an annual pageant of product fondling and hobnobbing. Here are some of our highlights...

ISPO 2020 Footwear  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Footwear  © UKC

New Footwear

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than usual, this in no way detracted from the quality of the clobber on show and hitting the shops in the near future. Below is a roundup of the most...

ISPO 2020 Clothing  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Clothing  © UKC

New Clothing

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than usual, this in no way detracted from the quality of the clobber on show and hitting the shops in the near future. Below is a roundup of the most...

ISPO 2020 Climbing Gear  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Climbing Gear  © UKC

New Climbing Gear

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than usual, this...

ISPO 2020 FINAL ROUNDUP  © UKC
ISPO 2020 FINAL ROUNDUP  © UKC

Final Report

We spent the start of the month catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than usual, this...


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