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Billy Ridal climbing into the Final of CWIF 2020  © The Climbing Works
Billy Ridal climbing into the Final of CWIF 2020  © The Climbing Works

News RAB CWIF Semi Final Result and Final Livestream

The Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) Semi Finals have just wrapped up and there have been a few surprises and upsets from the morning's action. 

Frances Bensley climbing Keen Roof 8B.  © Jonathan Bean
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

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...

Skinny fitting clothes which are stretchy enough to give you freedom of movement  © Mike Hutton
Skinny fitting clothes which are stretchy enough to give you freedom of movement  © Mike Hutton

Moon Lorentz Pant and Bamboo Tech Long Sleeve Tee

This combination of top and trousers from Moon is super stretchy, super comfortable and super stylish for indoor or outdoor climbing, says Theo Moore.

Light but pretty well cushioned, they feel like a good choice for mixed terrain  © Dan Bailey
Light but pretty well cushioned, they feel like a good choice for mixed terrain  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Spin Ultra

Offering generous levels of cushioning and support in a surprisingly lightweight package, the Spin Ultra should be equally at home on long trail running days and gentler local runs, says Dan Bailey. It's worth considering for summer hill walks and mountain crag...

It's a refined and modern take on the traditional leather boot...  © Dan Bailey
It's a refined and modern take on the traditional leather boot...  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

A traditional leather mountain boot with modern refinements, Tom Ripley thinks the updated Mont Blanc Pro GTX would be a good choice...

LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear
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,...


Latest News from Frances's Sponsors

Announcements direct from manufacturers

A sensitive, flexible shoe enables maximum contact on sloping footholds  © Robbie Phillips

Scarpa Booster

The Booster is the newest climbing shoe to be introduced to the Scarpa Spring Summer 2020 climbing range. It follows on from the old classic Booster S with some exciting new developments.

ISPO 2020 Footwear  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Footwear  © UKC

ISPO 2020 - 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...

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...

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...

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...


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