Nick Bullock


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Nick Bullock should need little in the way of introduction.

One of Britain's finest alpinists and rock climbers, known for bold and audacious ascents, he is also a writer and occasional poet. A man who had already opted for one of life's tougher careers as a PT instructor for HM Prison Service only to give it all up, along with the regular salary and house to live in a van and pursue his passion for climbing. His appetite for climbing is as ferocious as ever. Nick is a genuine personality, that rare breed of person who understands and revels in the intricacies and emotions of climbing and mountaineering.

He has made numerous first ascents in Scottish winter, in the Greater Ranges, when trad climbing, and in the Alps. His 2016 ascent of Nyainqentangla South East via the North Buttress won him and his partner Paul Ramsden a prestigious Piolet d’Or (the ‘Oscar of mountaineering’) and worldwide commendation. Nick is one of the finest Scottish winter climbers of his generation, making exceptional first ascents such as Nevermore (X) on Lochnagar. His love for winter extends further afield where he has made ascents of numerous very technical routes in Canada, though one trip was cut short by him having to fight off a bear!

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Crag Notes - A Grey Seals Memory  © Nick Bullock

Article Crag Notes: A Grey Seal's Memory

In this month's Crag Note Nick Bullock takes time to reacquaint himself with North Stack Gogarth, a crag he's shared an intimate connection with for over 20 years.

Nick Bullock  © Marc Langley
Nick Bullock  © Marc Langley

Interview Nick Bullock - Comfort

It's a strange world we live in now, as social media warps our perceptions of what people are like in real life. I fall victim to this as an endless stream of photos and videos from top climbers flicker before my eyes. All-round mountaineer and author Nick Bullock...

Nick Bullock on top of The Citadel, Shelterstone, Cairngorms.  © Rob Greenwood
Nick Bullock on top of The Citadel, Shelterstone, Cairngorms.  © Rob Greenwood

Article The Pitfalls of the Peroni Supermodel

Ahead of the launch of Nick Bullock's second book, Tides, at Kendal Mountain Festival, we share a chapter from the book in which Nick tells the tale of a weekend jaunt to the Cairngorms... Ascents of the classic hard routes The Needle and The...

Banff Books 2018  © UKC News
Banff Books 2018  © UKC News

News Nick Bullock's Tides wins in Banff Mountain Book Competition

British mountaineer and author Nick Bullock has won the Mountain Literature (non-fiction) category...

Nick and Mick  © UKC News
Nick and Mick  © UKC News

Interview Mick Lovatt and Nick Bullock let loose on Craig Dorys

80s sport climbing 'stamina merchant' Mick Lovatt has been active on the precariously loose Stigmata...


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ME Tupilak Atmo montage  © Mark Glaister

Mountain Equipment Tupilak Atmo Jacket

An Alpine climbing shell that's also light and breathable enough for running, the versatile Tupilak Atmo meets pretty much all of Bridget Collier's needs in one jacket.

LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear
LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes - Women's/LV Fit

In this group test we compare nine pairs of performance shoes with a women's / low volume fit. How did they all do...?

The ultimate test for a cam: polished Stoney limestone  © UKC Gear
The ultimate test for a cam: polished Stoney limestone  © UKC Gear

DMM Dragonfly Micro Cams

DMM's long-anticipated entry into the micro cam market was worth the wait, says Theo Moore

Ideal for all-round 2-3 season use on easy-to-moderate hill terrain  © Richard Prideaux
Ideal for all-round 2-3 season use on easy-to-moderate hill terrain  © Richard Prideaux

Boreal Ordesa Boot

As a light-ish 2-3 season leather model for all round use on easy-to-moderate hill terrain, the wide-fitting Ordesa might all the boot you...

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,...

ME wm's rock range thumb  © Mark Glaister
ME wm's rock range thumb  © Mark Glaister

Women's Rock Range From Mountain Equipment

Bridget Collier road tests some tops, trousers and a jacket from Mountain Equipment's range of women's crag clothing.

...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)...


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Latok I  © Tom Livingstone Collection

Young Alpinists Meet 2019 supported by Mountain Equipment

This 2-week meet, based in the Valais region of Switzerland, aims to motivate young British alpinists and help them to progress their alpine climbing. Initiated by Tom Livingstone and Ian Parnell it's hoped that this will be a catalyst for climber...

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 world's outdoor industry gathered in Munich to network, drink beer and showcase their shiny new stuff. For us it's a great opportunity...

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...

Boreal Arwa  © Boreal
Boreal Arwa  © Boreal

Boreal Mountain Boots - Triglav / Nelion / Arwa

Spring 2019 sees the launch of new family of alpine mountaineering boots from Boreal. The three new models...

Boreal Saurus Running Shoe

Saurus is an all new trail running shoe which excels on off-road footpaths and routes which feature a mix of hard paved surfaces...

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...