Keita Kurakami


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Born in Gunma prefecture, Japan, on December 1985, Keita grew up surrounded by mountains in eastern Japan. His mountaineering carrier started when he was a child, as his parents often took him to the mountains in all seasons. Keita went on to become a professional climber with trad ascents up to E9 and the first all-free rope solo of The Nose on El Capitan under his belt.


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Dave MacLeod on Hard Drive E7 6c, a stunning slab on Creag Mo.  © Dark Sky Media

News Harris New Routeing Spree by MacLeod and Kurakami

Dave MacLeod and visiting Japanese climber Keita Kurakami recently added three new hard trad lines to Creag Mo on the Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides. Dave had already added four new lines to the crag in the past, most recently The Mighty Chondr...


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Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody

Patagonia have something of a reputation when it comes to creating cult classics, and the Nano Puff is one of them. So how does its lighter cousin fare in comparison?

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Down Jackets  © UKC Gear

Down Jackets

In this group review we test out a range of down jackets. Our review brief was to test 'standard mid-weight down jackets that are suitable for a range of uses for the British climber'. What we wanted was a do-everything jacket - the kind that virtually every UK climber...

Heather Swift alpine climbing in the Patagonia Women's Nano-Air Hoody  © HSwift
Heather Swift alpine climbing in the Patagonia Women's Nano-Air Hoody  © HSwift

Patagonia's Women's Nano-Air Hoody

There's been a big buzz around Patagonia's Nano-Air Hoody with rave reviews and a '2015 Outside Gear of the Year' Award. We sent intrepid gear tester Heather Swift up the North Face of the Grandes Jorasses wearing one to see if the hype was true. She...

Winter's end from the top of Schiehallion  © vscott
Winter's end from the top of Schiehallion  © vscott

Patagonia Adze Jacket

The Adze jacket is Patagonia's "all mountain" softshell jacket – available with a hood ("Adze Hoody"), and without ("Adze...

Mountain Shells Montage Image  © UKC Gear
Mountain Shells Montage Image  © UKC Gear

Mountain Hard Shells

In this review we outline the important things to look for in a hard shell, then compare eight men's and women's jackets we've had...

Patagonia Piton Hybrid Hoody keeping out the evening breeze on An Teallach  © Patrick Cadell
Patagonia Piton Hybrid Hoody keeping out the evening breeze on An Teallach  © Patrick Cadell

Mid Layer Fleeces

Dan and Pegs Bailey test out a selection of lightweight fleece tops for men and women.

Sarah testing the Patagonia UL Down Jacket  © Neil Howett
Sarah testing the Patagonia UL Down Jacket  © Neil Howett

Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket

Sarah Stirling reviews the Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket. Back in Spring 2011, Patagonia introduced 'the lightest piece...


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Micro Puff Jacket  © Patagonia

Introducing The Patagonia Micro Puff™ Collection

The Micro Puff™ Collection was created for days when you need one piece of insulation to do it all—for startstop activities in cold climates, when space in your pack is crucial and temperature changes inevitable.

Outside Crag Clean Up 2018  © Outside
Outside Crag Clean Up 2018  © Outside

Outside Crag Clean Up 2018

It's that time of year again! Let's all go out and give our crags, hills and woods a spring clean (yeah alright, we know it's autumn already)!

Micro Puff Hoody 1  © Patagonia
Micro Puff Hoody 1  © Patagonia

The Micro Puff Hoody: Patagonia's lightest, most packable insulated jacket ever.

Down gets wet and loses its heat-trapping loft whilst synthetics never quite achieve the same warmth and compressibility. This is the perplexity of insulation. But after years of tinkering we've managed...

Patagonia Ambassador Marko Prezelj leading a group up the Cosmiques Arete during Patagonia's 'High Alpine' Press Event  © Rob Greenwood - UKC
Patagonia Ambassador Marko Prezelj leading a group up the Cosmiques Arete during Patagonia's 'High Alpine' Press Event  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

Patagonia High Alpine Press Event

From 5-6th April staff, ambassadors, and journalists from around the world gathered in Chamonix to test out products from...

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Patagonia Worn Wear  © Patagonia

The Patagonia Worn Wear Tour Comes to Europe: Bet

Extending the life of our garments is the single most important thing we can do to lower our impact on...

Photo Courtesy of Patagonia / Mikey Schaefer  © Mikey Schafer
Photo Courtesy of Patagonia / Mikey Schaefer  © Mikey Schafer

Patagonia Invests in the Business of Science

Through our $20 Million & Change venture fund, we're investing in a ground breaking company working to create better...

ISPO 2015  © UKC Gear
ISPO 2015  © UKC Gear

What's New? ISPO 2015: Clothing Report

A couple of weeks ago UKC/H were out in Germany at the huge tradeshow of ISPO in Munich. We dropped in to as many outdoor brands...