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UKC Weekly Newsletter for 22nd January Search:
Feature: Accident in Afghanistan: Head Injury at 5400m
This is the report from a lightweight climbing trip to the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan where a technical line on an unclimbed 6000m peak does not go as planned...

"...he had lost the vision in his left eye, describing it as milky and cloudy with a strange sensation of pressure... that probably meant a bleed inside his skull somewhere. We had to accept that he might deteriorate and die..."

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Photo of the Week
Pam van der Brug battling the maelstrom on Spiral Gulley Direct, Coire an t-Sneachda, 25 kb
"Pam van der Brug battling the maelstrom on Spiral Gulley Direct, Coire an t-Sneachda" © Ben Tibbetts
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One of the beautiful layback cracks on "Motorhead", 3 kb
Gallery of the Week
Our Photo Gallery contains a unique collection of over 171,700 images from UKClimbing users, with 205 new photos added this week.

As a registered user you can upload your photos into your personal gallery, as well as voting on any photo on the site. This week we had 2,366 votes, and the top voter was Mark Collins.

Congratulations to F McCann, our Gallery of the Week as voted by UKC users.

Events Diary
All the dates you need in our Events Diary for Competitions, lectures and even club meets:
Latest Articles
Read our Latest Articles for inspirational rock destinations, interviews, gear reviews, competitions and much more:

The Evolution of Bouldering: In this article, Mick Ward looks at how bouldering has progressed from being something that very few climbers took seriously to now being many climbers sole raison d'?tre. Mick also looks...
TRIP REPORT: Djangart 2013 - Climbing in Kyrgyzstan: Last summer, a team of six climbers from Bristol headed to the Djangart valley on Kyrgyzstan's Chinese border looking for new routes and adventure in this remote...
Ten Tips For Bouldering Outdoors: In this article, Dave Flanagan gives 10 tips on how to improve your bouldering experience when venturing outdoors for the first few times.?
INTERVIEW: Dougal Tavener: Dougal Tavener is a British Guide living in Chamonix, France, and is a talented and very well-rounded climber, having onsighted up to E7 in North Wales, redpointed up to 8b+/c, climbed hard...
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