Katy Whittaker


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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 - Mina and Katy  © BMC

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 in pictures...  © UKC Articles
2014 in pictures...  © UKC Articles

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...

Katy fighting hard on Mecca  © Rainer Eder
Katy fighting hard on Mecca  © Rainer Eder

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.

Sustained climbing on crimps and pockets on China Crisis, 8b+, Catalunya  © Nathan Lee
Sustained climbing on crimps and pockets on China Crisis, 8b+, Catalunya  © Nathan Lee

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...

Oliana, Spain  © Sarah Seeger
Oliana, Spain  © Sarah Seeger

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...

Katy Whittaker rocking into the final hard section on Knockin' On Heaven's Door  © Nathan Lee
Katy Whittaker rocking into the final hard section on Knockin' On Heaven's Door  © Nathan Lee

Interview Katy Whittaker On Knockin On Heaven's Door

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

Katy Whittaker on Walk on By at Curbar (Still shot from video)  © Nick Brown, Outcrop Films
Katy Whittaker on Walk on By at Curbar (Still shot from video)  © Nick Brown, Outcrop Films

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

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

Angel's Share  © Nick Brown
Angel's Share  © Nick Brown

News Katy Whittaker Repeats The Angel's Share

Katy Whittaker on Rock Attrocity, V9, Parisella's Cave 320  © Tim Glasby
Katy Whittaker on Rock Attrocity, V9, Parisella's Cave 320  © Tim Glasby

News Katy Whittaker - Limestone Dominatrix

Katy Whittaker  © Marmot Collection
Katy Whittaker  © Marmot Collection

News Katy Whittaker - Thumbelina Ground-Up

Katy Whittaker climbing Braille Trail at Burbage  © Katy Whittaker
Katy Whittaker climbing Braille Trail at Burbage  © Katy Whittaker

News Katy Whittaker - Braille Trail - E7 6c

Leah Crane  © Leah Crane
Leah Crane  © Leah Crane

Features End of Year: Female Achievements 2008

Katy Whittaker psyching up before climbing Master's Edge E7  © Alex Messenger
Katy Whittaker psyching up before climbing Master's Edge E7  © Alex Messenger

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

Katy Whittaker  © Hot Aches Productions
Katy Whittaker  © Hot Aches Productions

News Katy Whittaker Euro Road Trip - F8a

Katy Whittaker  © Hot Aches Productions
Katy Whittaker  © Hot Aches Productions

Features Katy Whittaker on Kaluza Klein - Grit E7

Katy Whittaker on Kaluza Klein E7  © Hot Aches Productions
Katy Whittaker on Kaluza Klein E7  © Hot Aches Productions

News Katy Whittaker - Grit E7

Katy Whittaker flashing Nosferatu at Burbage South  © Hot Aches
Katy Whittaker flashing Nosferatu at Burbage South  © Hot Aches

News 18-year-old Katy Whittaker Flashes Nosferatu E6


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Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

For a dedicated sport climbing harness you will want something light, comfortable and fairly simple. In this group test the UKC team go through some of the best lightweight sport harnesses on offer.

Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear
Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear

Women's Midweight Down Jackets

Ten women's down jackets from leading brands go head-to-head in this comprehensive group test. What does 'midweight' even mean? And by that definition, which models stand out? All will be revealed...

Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear
Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Down Jackets

Whether you're climbing, camping or walking - or even just out in town - a light and packable down jacket is a versatile layer year-round. We compare 10 options.

Women's all-round harnesses group test  © UKC Gear
Women's all-round harnesses group test  © UKC Gear

Women's All-Round Harnesses

Many climbers are all-rounders, so there's a need for harnesses that can do a bit of everything too. We look at nine...

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...

Half ropes montage  © UKC Gear
Half ropes montage  © UKC Gear

Half Ropes for UK Trad

Over the last few months the UKC Test Team have been putting six pairs of half ropes through their paces. Though they're all good, we...

The Quantum VCS in action on Black Rhino  © Rob Greenwood
The Quantum VCS in action on Black Rhino  © Rob Greenwood

Five Ten Quantum VCS

This stiff down-turned velcro shoe gives a lot of power in the toe and heel whilst maintaining good levels of support. It is surprisingly...


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Guide Tennie action 2  © Five Ten

Five Ten Guide Tennies

The new Guide Tennie offers a refined classic fit and the unparalleled sticky rubber, it blends comfort and climbability to every approach.

The Sticklebarn hayloft set up for a talk  © Jenny Jones Photography
The Sticklebarn hayloft set up for a talk  © Jenny Jones Photography

Raven's Pit, Sticklebarn - Langdale on Friday 3rd May

The National Trust's Sticklebarn pub in the Langdale Valley will be hosting a night of film, ale and tall tales of climbing heritage on Friday 3rd May. 

Asym - Men's   © Five Ten
Asym - Men's   © Five Ten

Five Ten Asym VCS (Men's and Women's)

For beginners seeking performance and advanced climbers looking for comfort, these shoes offer versatility for sport routes and trad climbs alike. The Asym is built with an asymmetrical hook-and-loop closure that helps dial in a secure fit and an...

Arc'teryx Lakeland Revival and Big Mountain Weekend Return

Want to learn or advance your outdoor and mountain skills or try something completely new?

ISPO 2019 Clothing  © UKC
ISPO 2019 Clothing  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Clothing Roundup

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of gigantic...

Five Tennie  © Five Ten
Five Tennie  © Five Ten

Five Ten Five Tennie

1985 Five Ten released the first approach shoe, the Five Tennie. Designed to be a tennis shoe that could climb 5.10 this award winning...

ispo 2019 Climbing Hardware  © UKC
ispo 2019 Climbing Hardware  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Climbing Hardware Roundup

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of...