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SKILLS: How to climb Font 7A

When I was new to climbing, Font 7A was a grade that I looked up to and thought 'one day.' It was a grade that heroes climbed and I'd only ever met a handful of people that had reached the mythical level. Once I had reached that level myself, I was chuffed and reflected...

FRI NIGHT VIDEO - Cape Wrath Ultra

Our Friday Night Video this week is a tour through some of the most idyllic scenery in the British isles; a 400km ultra-running race through the Scottish Highlands: The Cape...

PRODUCT NEWS: ISPO 2017 - What's New? Final Roundup

The UKC team recently returned from the annual gear-fest in Munich that is ISPO. Here are some video interviews with brand representatives, who talked us through the key...
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In 2017, Nikwax marks its first 40 years in the outdoor industry. Established in 1977 by Nick Brown, the first Nikwax commercial product, Waterproofing Wax for Leather, was produced in his North London flat.

Nikwax adheres to a strong set of environmental ethics and leads the outdoor gear aftercare sector with its high performance line of PFC-free and water-based waterproofing systems. At this year’s ISPO trade show, Brown outlined how Nikwax’s ‘more than’ philosophy and dedication to innovation has led to Nikwax being the “first and only” with numerous, key outdoor industry innovations.

Where Nikwax was “the first” and is still “the only”:

  1. Nikwax was the first company to produce a non-softening, waterproof wax for leather climbing boots, enabling footwear to remain both supportive and waterproof. This gave Nikwax its initial competitive advantage.
  2. Nikwax was the world’s first company to produce a range of home-use, water-based products for restoring waterproofing. Using water-based emulsions, Nikwax has prevented the atmospheric release of thousands of tons of organic solvents and propellant gases over the last 40 years.
  3. Nikwax was the first to create water-based waterproofing for clothing designed to be used in a washing machine and still leads the field with its TX.Direct product.
  4. Nikwax is the only significant supplier of waterproofing aftercare to have never used aerosols or PFCs.
  5. Nikwax Hydrophobic Down is the first and only PFC-free waterproofed down to reliably withstand 1000+ minutes on the IDFB shake test, keeping the user warmer and drier for longer.


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COMPETITION: Arc'teryx Lakeland Revival 2017

Arc’teryx is proud to announce the Lakeland Revival will be taking place for the fourth year running, beginning on the 29th April and ended on the 31st August. The aim...

Photo of the Week
climbing in Margalef
Adam Kokot

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Congratulations to Al Todd for being voted Gallery of the Week by UKC users.

There were 141 new photos added added to the Photo Galleries this week

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View the Events Diary for Competitions, lectures and even club meets. Here's some for the next 7 days: