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ARTICLE: Dexamethasone - The Mountain Drug Leading the Way against COVID-19

A recent trial widely reported in the mainstream media claims that dexamethasone - a drug familiar to mountaineers for its treatment of high altitude illness - reduces death by up to one third in ventilated patients with severe respiratory complications of COVID-19. Prior to this 'breakthrough' some physicians - and climbers in our forums - were pondering the similarities between the breathing difficulties and persistent cough commonly displayed by COVID-19 patients and the symptoms experienced by HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) sufferers on high peaks. We contacted critical care consultant and mountaineer Jeremy Windsor to find out more.

ESSAY: Crag Notes: Dearest Conan

In this month's Crag Notes, Ben Silvestre pens a letter to a route that has long meant something to him - Conan the Librarian, in Wen Zawn, Gogarth. 

REVIEW: Peak Limestone Rockfax

When I first learned that the new edition of Rockfax's Peak Limestone was due out this summer, I was very excited. Coronavirus had already put paid to planned trips to Japan,...
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Looking for Wild: the French brand that shakes up the classic outdoor codes.

In 2016, everything started from the idea of creating technical clothing for climbing which was also wearable daily. Looking For Wild is inspired by outdoor and fashion to create technical pants that can be worn by men and women.

Made from the best European materials and manufactured in a responsible way as close as possible to the brand's headquarters, Looking For Wild designs products capable of adapting to all your outdoor and indoor activities.

Tested and approved by many climbers and fashion professionals, the Fitz Roy and Laila Peak technical pants are a big step forward in outdoor fashion thanks to their trendy colours and ergonomic fit.

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COMPETITION: Win the MSR 1.7L Reactor Stove

MSR's much-loved Reactor Stove has become a staple for wilderness backpackers looking for cooking performance in extreme conditions, where wind and cold can wreak havoc on a...

Photo of the Week
Rebecca Ting on Pothole Wall, Willersley
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Congratulations to dr evil for being voted Gallery of the Week by UKC users.

There were 239 new photos added added to the Photo Galleries this week

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Exped SynMat HL

The SynMat HL packs to an extremely small size and its tapered profile fits into the smallest tents.

  • Tapered design and 20 denier fabric for weight reduction
  • microfiber insulation for 3-season warmth 
  • 7cm thickness for comfort.
  • R-Value (ASTM): 3.30
  • Temperature: -3 °C
  • Thickness: 7 cm
  • Length: 183 cm

This mat proves that comfort and warmth need not be sacrificed in pursuit of super light packing.

Pumpsack included: The Schnozzel Pumpbag allows you to inflate the mat rapidly while preventing humidity from your breath affecting the insulation. It also doubles as an ultra lightweight compression stuffsack.

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