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IN FOCUS: The Rough Guide to Climbing in the Solar System

THE LIST of people that have summited Mount Everest is hovering around the 10,000 mark. The long-hoped-for winter ascent of K2 was finally pulled off in January. The fourteen eight-thousand metre peaks have very much been 'done' in all seasons and in myriad styles of ascent. You might say that there aren't too many virgin, iconic mountains left to climb – on Earth, that is. But what about beyond this planet? If we had the whole solar system as our playground and neither distance nor money nor technology were an object, where could we go climbing and what sort of fun could we expect? This isn't realistic, but it's going to be a lot of fun.

Meet the activists helping to diversify the outdoors: Cherelle Harding of Steppers UK

A recent survey found that while more than 16% of White people in England regularly participate in hiking and mountaineering, just 2.6% of Black people and less than 4% of...

REVIEW: Five Ten Hiangle, Hiangle LV and Hiangle Pro

The Hiangle is a longstanding model in the Five Ten range. In this review we'll be looking at each of the three new models released late last year: the Hiangle, Hiangle LV...
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COMPETITION: Enter Outside's competition and win a Gore-Tex jacket from Rab

Why wait for the clouds to clear? Made for unpredictable weather, Rab's Zenith jacket pairs GORE-TEX® PACLITE® Plus with protective features to keep out the worst...

Photo of the Week
Golden Hour at the Stanage Plantation

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Congratulations to Bruce Kerr for being voted Gallery of the Week by UKC users.

There were 241 new photos added added to the Photo Galleries this week