Katy Whittaker


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United Kingdom
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I began climbing before I can even remember, it is just one of those things I have always done. Coming from a keen climbing family my brother and I had no choice in the matter! I grew up in the Peak District and the gritstone was our playground. Most school holidays and weekends would be spent walking, scrambling and climbing in various parts of the UK.

My path through climbing has been pretty varied so far, from trad climbing on the grit, sea cliffs and mountains, bouldering and lead competitions, highballing and sport climbing. I could never choose one area to specialise in but my heart has always been in the mountains, this is where I love to be the most.

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Fri Night Vid Wujastyk and Whittaker in Waterval Boven, South Africa

This week's Friday Night Video is an insight into the mindset of Mina Leslie-Wujastyk and Katy Whittaker, as they grapple with redpointing, injuries and core intensive laughter. They have travelled to the mecca of sport climbing in the southern he...

2014 The (climbing) year that was...

2014: The year of the Scottish Referendum, conflict in the Crimea and Gaza, aviation disasters, the Ebola epidemic, the first comet landing and the infamous "selfie". It was a year filled with a heady mix of excitement, tragedy and bewilderment. But what were...

News Mecca 8b+ for Katy Whittaker

Katy Whittaker has climbed Mecca - The Mid-Life Crisis 8b+ at Raven Tor - her second 8b+ redpoint and becoming only the second woman to climb this route after Mina Leslie Wujastyk's ascent in 2012.

News China Crisis, 8b+, for Katy Whittaker

Sheffield based Katy Whittaker has just had a very successful trip to Catalunya, Spain, where she became the 4th...

Newsflash 8b+ for Katy Whittaker

Reported on Neil Mawson's twitter feed is an ascent by british climber Katy Whittaker of the long and pumpy China Crisis (8b+) at...

Interview Katy Whittaker On Knockin On Heaven's Door

Katy Whittaker has recently climbed Knockin' On Heaven's Door, E8 6c, at Curbar. Katy...

News Katy Whittaker Climbs Walk On By at Curbar (7C+)

Katy Whittaker has made an impressive repeat of the classic gritstone wall problem of

News Katy Whittaker Repeats The Angel's Share

News Katy Whittaker - Limestone Dominatrix

News Katy Whittaker - Thumbelina Ground-Up

News Katy Whittaker - Braille Trail - E7 6c

Features End of Year: Female Achievements 2008

News Katy Whittaker - Master's Edge E7 6b/c

News Katy Whittaker Euro Road Trip - F8a

Features Katy Whittaker on Kaluza Klein - Grit E7

News 18-year-old Katy Whittaker Flashes Nosferatu E6

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With uproar still shaking the forums at the phasing out of the cult classic Anasazis, all eyes were on Five Ten for the new NIAD range. We recently reviewed the NIAD VCS. Here Rebecca Ting offers a different take on the lower volume version. Do...


The Five Ten NIAD VCS is the latest evolution of the classic Anasazi. Famously a jack-of-all-trades, this comfortable, high performance shoe has long been a regular at every crag and wall. But does the NIAD VCS retain all the perks of the original, does it add anything...

Mountain packs around 40 litres

For year-round climbing, mountaineering, hillwalking and even overnight backpacking, packs around the 40 litre mark are a versatile do-it-all size. Here we put ten of the best mountain all-rounders through their paces.

Arc'teryx Atom LT jacket - a lightweight best worn on the go

The Atom LT may not be very warm or particularly weather-resistant, but its breathability on the...

Five Ten Hiangle, Hiangle LV and Hiangle Pro

Rob Greenwood looks at the three recent models in Five Ten's Hiangle range - the Hiangle, Hiangle LV and...

Five Ten Crawe - a performance all-rounder

The Crawe manages to blend excellent technical performance on edges with good all-round use and comfort, reckons...

Arc'teryx Nuclei FL - lightweight insulated jacket

At £250, the Nuclei FL comes in at the top end of the lightweight synthetic hoody price spectrum, but it is...

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Arc'teryx Academy: Climb Lake District 25-26th September

Arc'teryx Academy: Climb Lake District educates on essential skills to enjoy the mountains, trails and lakes safely


Climb after climb, the adidas Five Ten NIAD VCS Climbing Shoes deliver all-around performance. Versatile Stealth® C4™ rubber edges, grips and smears across all surfaces, indoors and out. Extended toe rubber maximises contact area for increased friction. The...

New Climbing Gear Spring/Summer '21

Next up in our Spotlight gear round-ups is climbing gear. We've chatted with brands about the latest hardware, ropes, harnesses, helmets and every other form of gear. Plus, everything is hitting the shops imminently...

New Footwear Spring/Summer '21

In the absence of any trade show this year, we've created our own. Normally, shows tend to focus on products hitting...

Five Ten Hiangle Pro

Made for the demands of modern bouldering competitions, these climbing shoes are built on the same last and with the same materials...

Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket

The updated Alpha SV: strong gets stronger. In 1998, when Arc'teryx stepped into outerwear with the Alpha SV Jacket,...

Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody

 Atom LT Hoody - An icon evolves. Steeped in the alpine, this versatile hoody has warmed climbers, hikers, backcountry...

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