Frances Bensley


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Frances Bensley climbing Keen Roof 8B.  © Jonathan Bean

News Keen Roof 8B by Frances Bensley

26 year-old Coventry-based climber ​​​​​​​Frances Bensley has ticked her second 8B with an ascent of James Pearson's Keen Roof at Raven Tor.

Frances Bensley climbing Fat Lip 8B.  © Frances Bensley
Frances Bensley climbing Fat Lip 8B.  © Frances Bensley

News Fat Lip 8B by Frances Bensley

26 year-old Frances Bensley has repeated Fat Lip 8B at Raven Tor (Miller's Dale). In 2015, James Noble made the first repeat in 8 years since Steve Mcclure's first ascent in 2007. Frances is only the third British woman to climb the grade  after Shauna Coxsey...

Thom Arnold back on form  © Liam Lonsdale
Thom Arnold back on form  © Liam Lonsdale

News Blokfest Round 4 Report

Yet again Round 4 of the Blokfest Tour was another smasher. This season after a break we returned to Bristol, The Climbing Academy to be exact. The Bristol scene has always been a lively and fun affair but it has really expanded in the last few years going from one to four...


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Reviews from the UKC editorial team

LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes - Women's/LV Fit

In this group test we compare nine pairs of performance shoes with a women's / low volume fit. How did they all do...?

Comfortable out of the box on Beinn a' Chrulaiste  © Dan Bailey
Comfortable out of the box on Beinn a' Chrulaiste  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa R-Evo GTX

"A non-techy walking boot that can eat the miles without chewing your feet up too, the R-Evo is built for comfort" reckons Dan Bailey...

Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear
Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear

Approach Shoes

Whether you're approaching a mountain crag or out on a scramble or via ferrata, an approach shoe will be lighter and more nimble than a boot, yet more supportive and technically capable than a running shoe. In this group test we check out ten models from big brands.

The Vapour V, once bedded in, smears surprisingly well  © UKC Gear
The Vapour V, once bedded in, smears surprisingly well  © UKC Gear

Scarpa Vapour V

The original Vapour V came out in 2010, but the latest version has seen some big changes. This is very much a shoe of two halves, says Rob...

mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear
mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear

All Round B1-B2 Mountain Boots

Mountaineering involves all sorts of terrain, so a general mountain boot has to be an all-rounder. We look at eight models that...

ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown
ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown

ISPO 2019 - Best in Show

The annual ISPO outdoor trade show has just wrapped up for 2019. Among the many new products shown to us by attending brands, a number...

Entries within the Performance Rock Shoe Group Test  © UKC Gear
Entries within the Performance Rock Shoe Group Test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes

'Performance' is a huge category, so with UK sport climbing in mind we've narrowed the focus of this review to down-turned, supportive...


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Scarpa Veloce

The Veloce offers comfort and technology with special focus on indoor climbing. A slightly downturned shape with an extra spacy toe box is the secret to its high level of comfort.

Moonboard Masters 2019  © Moon
Moonboard Masters 2019  © Moon

Watch the MoonBoard Masters Grand Final

The international MoonBoard Masters final will be available to watch online for free from 6pm on Saturday 30 November 2019

Mont Blanc Pro  © Scarpa
Mont Blanc Pro  © Scarpa

Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

The Mt Blanc Pro is a warm and durable boot designed for technical mountaineering and winter climbing. The new Mt Blanc Pro is built around the latest Essential AC sole platform which is lightweight, and cushioned but also extremely burly and durable. The TPU...

Could You Be The Next MoonBoard Master?

The official MoonBoard competition returns with a whole new format for Autumn 2019. Enter the Open Qualifier Round...

Phantom Tech  © Scarpa
Phantom Tech  © Scarpa

Scarpa Phantom Tech

The Phantom Tech is a super light, technically precise, gaitered boot for cold weather mountaineering and ice climbing. The new...

OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Shoes and Footwear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the...

ZG Thumbnail  © Scarpa
ZG Thumbnail  © Scarpa

The Scarpa Zero Gravity Collection

The Zero Gravity (ZG) family of product represents a new class of product for Scarpa, designed around a fluid and dynamic...