In recent years the UKC Winter Conditions Page has generated a huge following, not only with people logging and registering their climbs, but also with those actively coming online to check what's been done. Earlier this year we introduced the Mountain Rock Conditions Page, which has been well received; however, recent developments have sought to intertwine each of the existing Conditions Pages, plus two new ones, into a single Conditions Homepage.
Up to date conditions info is not only provided by site users and UKC staff, but now also comes from the page's new sponsor Mountain Equipment, who have tapped into the invaluable local knowledge of their own partners Plas y Brenin and the Scottish Avalanche Information Service. We have sought to really up the ante for the 2017/18 season!
"The key to planning a successful day's climbing - whether in summer or winter - has always been an eclectic mix of experience, beta from mates, weather forecasts and if you're lucky enough, a bit of local knowledge or advice from the professsionals. The new all-in-one conditions page with its new comprehensive feed of daily weather and avalanche forecasts, conditions reports and live updates on recent ascents will bring all of those tools to everyone at the touch of a button. We and our partners are delighted to be involved."Richard Talbot, Director of Product & Marketing - Mountain Equipment
As such, Alpine Climbing and a more customisable 'My Conditions' Page will join the ranks alongside the existing Winter Conditions and Mountain Rock Pages.
The Alpine Conditions Page runs year round, both summer and winter, and fits a broad criteria of >1000m altitude in either Trad, Alpine, Ice or Mixed routes throughout the following countries:
All of the above can then be filtered into specific areas, styles, or altitudes depending on what you're looking for.
A final improvement is the addition of Reports, which is a catch-all hash tag #ukcwinter on Twitter. This will be used within all relevant UKC Winter News Reports and also by instructors at Plas y Brenin, who are out in the Scottish mountains every day - rain or shine, snow or slush. As such, if you're out and about on the hill - get tweeting!
Though the updates to the Mountain Rock Condition Page are unlikely to be of use or interest until next year, it'd be a shame not to tell you about them while we're on topic.
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