Matt Helliker


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Chamonix, United Kingdom
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Matt’s life has been shaped by mountains and coastlines, from the sea cliffs of Great Britain to Scotland's winter mountains, the European Alps to the Greater Ranges of the Himalayas, South America and Alaska. Matt has become one of the UK’s most talented and accomplished alpinists, climber and IFMGA mountain guides of his generation, with a long list of hard and impressive first and repeat ascents to his credit. 

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Matt Helliker on The Big Issue E9 6c.  © Stefan Morris

News The Big Issue E9 6c by Matt Helliker

Matt Helliker has headpointed John Dunne's The Big Issue E9 6c at Bosherston Head, Pembroke. Matt chose to place the gear on lead with the 20+ year old peg tied off.

Pitch 2 of the Camilotto Pellisier.  © John Bunney
Pitch 2 of the Camilotto Pellisier.  © John Bunney

News Camilotto Pellisier (8a/+) by Helliker and Twyford

Matt Helliker and Emma Twyford have freed the 11-pitch Dolomites classic, the Camilotto Pellisier (8a/+) on the Cima Grande. Initially an aid route opened by Mauro and Minuzzo in 1967, the route eventually became a popular free climb after...

Matt on the final pitch pulling steep moves on some funky unconsolidated snow ice.   © Jon Bracey
Matt on the final pitch pulling steep moves on some funky unconsolidated snow ice.   © Jon Bracey

News New Mixed Line on Aiguille Noire de Peuterey by Helliker and Bracey

Matt Helliker and Jon Bracey have established a new mixed line, "Past Da Pesto" (M7, 450m) on the NE face of the Aiguille Noire de Peuterey in the Mont Blanc Massif.

Matt on the second crux pitch of Dark Angel.  © Nick Bullock
Matt on the second crux pitch of Dark Angel.  © Nick Bullock

News Dark Angel VII/8 First Ascent by Helliker, Bullock & Whittaker

Making the most of Scotland's prime winter conditions at the moment, a strong trio comprising...

Matt and Roz look over the project   © Paul Twomey
Matt and Roz look over the project   © Paul Twomey

News Ramp Super Challenge by Helliker and Frugtniet

On 13th June, Matt Helliker and Rhoslyn Frugtniet completed the first ascent of the Ramp "Super" Challenge on Avon...

Approaching the Tour Ronde with Grand Capucin ahead  © Matt Helliker
Approaching the Tour Ronde with Grand Capucin ahead  © Matt Helliker

News Rotatornator: New Route on Tour Ronde by Helliker and Macdonald

British Mountain Guides Matt Helliker and Stuart Macdonald have added a new 6-pitch, 250m line to the...

Pitch one, Hangover  © Jon Bracey
Pitch one, Hangover  © Jon Bracey

News New Year Hangover for Helliker and Bracey on the Tour Ronde

Still on the look out for inspiring new routes in the Mont Blanc Massif, Matt Helliker along with Stu...

Jon Bracey tops out on the pillar, 4050m  © Matt Helliker
Jon Bracey tops out on the pillar, 4050m  © Matt Helliker

News Bracey and Helliker: New Route on East Face of Mt Maudit

Matt Helliker and Nick Bullock back at the skis after the descent (c) Nick Bullock
Matt Helliker and Nick Bullock back at the skis after the descent (c) Nick Bullock

News Bullock and Helliker: Night Fever on the Tour Ronde West Wall

Matt Helliker on the crux pitch 5 of 'Chancer' (c) Jon Bracey  © Matt Helliker and Jon Bracey
Matt Helliker on the crux pitch 5 of 'Chancer' (c) Jon Bracey  © Matt Helliker and Jon Bracey

News Bracey and Helliker Climb Possible New Route - Tour Ronde

Matt Helliker putting the Osprey Mutant 28 through its paces  © Matt Helliker Collection
Matt Helliker putting the Osprey Mutant 28 through its paces  © Matt Helliker Collection

Product News Matt Helliker talks about the Osprey Mutant Pack

Team Psyche!  © Jon Bracey
Team Psyche!  © Jon Bracey

News Helliker & Bracey Climb FA of Supercouloir de Peuterey 'Integral'

Matt Eyeing up the Pitch, ready for some tricky footless M6  © Bracey/Helliker Collection
Matt Eyeing up the Pitch, ready for some tricky footless M6  © Bracey/Helliker Collection

News Major New Route for Bracey and Helliker

Matt Helliker involved in loose mixed high up in the fault line  © Jon Bracey
Matt Helliker involved in loose mixed high up in the fault line  © Jon Bracey

News Hard Grandes Jorasses for Bracey and Helliker

Alpinist 4 - from the Annapurna Expedition Blog  © Alpinist / Annapurna Expedition Blog
Alpinist 4 - from the Annapurna Expedition Blog  © Alpinist / Annapurna Expedition Blog

News Bullock, Helliker and Benson - Round II on Annapurna III

Jon Bracey and Matt Helliker  © Jon Bracey and Matt Helliker
Jon Bracey and Matt Helliker  © Jon Bracey and Matt Helliker

News Bracey and Helliker on Alaska's Moose's Tooth

Nick Bullock on his new route  © Matt Helliker
Nick Bullock on his new route  © Matt Helliker

News Bullock & Helliker climb New Route in the Alps

Nick Bullock  © Nick Carter
Nick Bullock  © Nick Carter

News Death or Glory for Bullock and Helliker


Latest Reviews for Matt's Sponsors

Reviews from the UKC editorial team

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...

20L packs montage  © UKC Gear
20L packs montage  © UKC Gear

Day Packs Around 20 Litres

We check out 11 smaller rucksacks for lightweight days.

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, yet more supportive and technically capable than a running shoe. In this group test we check out ten models from big brands.

...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)...

Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear
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 Vapour V, once bedded in, smears surprisingly well  © UKC Gear
The Vapour V, once bedded in, smears surprisingly well  © UKC Gear

Scarpa Vapour V

The original Vapour V came out in 2010, but the latest version has seen some big changes. This is very much a shoe of two halves, says Rob...

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?...


Latest News from Matt's Sponsors

Annoucements direct from manufacturers

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 built around the latest Essential AC sole platform which is lightweight, and cushioned but also extremely burly and dura...

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 waterproof gaiter design uses PU Tek technology to create a lightweight but extremely durable outer with a high degree of dexterity and...

BD Athlete Babsi Zangerl in the Vision Down Parka  © Andy Earl
BD Athlete Babsi Zangerl in the Vision Down Parka  © Andy Earl

Black Diamond Apparel: 3 jackets, 3 technologies

It's a big, cold world out there, and Black Diamond has got you covered. Through the same commitment to innovation and technology found in our shell-layers, BD delivers a comprehensive insulation collection built to withstand the rigors...

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...

OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Shoes and Footwear

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

Babsi and Hazel  © Andy Earl
Babsi and Hazel  © Andy Earl

Introducing BD Forged Denim - The next step in climbing denim's evolution

With features designed for climbing, and style for everything else, our sportswear...

Big C4  © Black Diamond
Big C4  © Black Diamond

Introducing the new Camalot C4

Climbing protection has been a hallmark of BD innovation since the days of the original Hexentric® chocks that helped spawn...