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Leo's name is synonymous with adventure climbing; he has consistently pushed at the limits of this game and in the process has carved out a media profile which has seen him appear on Top Gear and be pitched as one of Britain’s top ten adventurers by The Telegraph. But don’t get the wrong idea, all this media attention is well deserved – Leo is without doubt the 'real deal'.


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20L packs montage  © UKC Gear

Day Packs Around 20 Litres

We check out 11 smaller rucksacks for lightweight days.

...or you could wear it like a giant silver scarf  © UKC Gear
...or you could wear it like a giant silver scarf  © UKC Gear

OutDoor 2019 - Best in Show

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. Over three long days we saw a lot (and we mean a lot) of gear - and as ever, among the many new products shown to us by attending brands a few particularly caught our eye.

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...

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...

softshell montage test  © martin
softshell montage test  © martin

Summer Softshells

Lightweight softshell jackets are a summer staple for both walkers and climbers. We compare 11 models here.

How many is too many?  © Penny Orr
How many is too many?  © Penny Orr

Mid-Sized Bouldering Mats

Bouldering mats have come a long way since the beer towel. Not only do modern pads give a better landing, they are also bigger,...


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Mick Fowler returns to the Himalaya in bid to make first ascent with a colostomy

Mick Fowler has returned to the Himalaya in his quest to be the first colostomy bag user to make a first ascent of a high-altitude summit. In their second expedition of the year, Mick and climbing partner Vic Saunders will make an attempt on an un...

Trad climber Anna Taylor has joined the Berghaus team  © Berghaus
Trad climber Anna Taylor has joined the Berghaus team  © Berghaus

Berghaus aims high as trad climber Anna Taylor joins the team

Berghaus has announced that up and coming young British trad climber Anna Taylor has joined its team of sponsored athletes. 21-year-old Anna is from the Lake District and has been climbing since the age of 10. She will...

OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Clothing and Packs

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the world's outdoor industry gathered in Munich to network, drink beer and showcase their shiny new stuff. For us it's a great...

OutDoor 2019 - Climbing Gear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Climbing Gear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Gear

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

Berghaus packs on the hill  © Berghaus
Berghaus packs on the hill  © Berghaus

Let Berghaus Panamax and Trailhead rucksacks take the load

For summer 2019, Berghaus has introduced a new generation of large capacity load carrying...

On Chungukang North - not the usual victorious selfie, but a probable unclimbed summit nonetheless  © Mick Fowler
On Chungukang North - not the usual victorious selfie, but a probable unclimbed summit nonetheless  © Mick Fowler

Mick and Vic vow a return to Chombu after weather frustrates them

Appalling weather conditions have foiled Mick Fowler and Victor Saunders during their...

Neil Talbott tackles the infamous Crib Goch ridge on day one of the 2017 Berghaus Dragon's Back Race  © @iancorless
Neil Talbott tackles the infamous Crib Goch ridge on day one of the 2017 Berghaus Dragon's Back Race  © @iancorless

Excitement builds for biggest ever Berghaus Dragon's Back Race

Anticipation is building as the world of mountain running turns its eyes to Wales and the...