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NEWS: Southern Sandstone Round-Up 2021

This time last year when I was writing the 2020 Round-Up, I reflected that 2020 was a year like no other. Unfortunately, 2021 started with a lockdown and finished with COVID dominating the news again. Despite the year being bookended with bad news, there were some significant ascents on the southern sandstone and some important changes to the top-rope anchoring system. 

ARTICLE: How to Start Indoor Climbing

Indoor climbing is now an Olympic sport and all the cool kids are giving it a go, from Jeremy Corbyn to Aquaman and maybe even your Nan. While getting into the sport can...

REVIEW: Scarpa Gecko Approach Shoe

The latest version of the Scarpa Gecko combines comfort and support with an amazing level of friction on both dry and wet rock. I am also informed by those with opinions more...
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COMPETITION: Win a Pair of Scarpa Mago

The Mago has been designed to dominate small foot holds and intended for high level climbing on any angle where footwork is paramount. The Mago is the culmination of...

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Guy Robertson climbing pitch 1 of The Vicar
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Congratulations to Robert Durran for being voted Gallery of the Week by UKC users.

There were 140 new photos added added to the Photo Galleries this week

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Why looking after your gear is the ultimate sustainability hack.

Did you know that the most sustainable outdoor gear is the gear you already own? Looking after our existing purchases rather than buying new is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. We can all make small changes that don’t need to break the bank.

A simple clean of your outdoor footwear can refresh the durable water repellent (DWR) properties. Scrub away that mud and clean with a specialist footwear cleaner such as Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel, to ensure you do not damage the technical glues and stitching of the footwear. Your feet will thank you and you will breathe years of life back into your shoes.

If you are struggling with your leather hiking boots leaking, applying Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather will give instant waterproofing, even out on the hill. No need to rush to your nearest outdoor store to replace them!

For your outerwear there can be a number of reasons you might want to replace it. For simple issues such as a tear in the fabric, try sewing it back together yourself. Alternatively many brands offer a repair service or you could take it to your local seamstress for help. Patches and glue are also another great option to consider. If your jacket is leaking or has lost its breathability you can easily wash and re-proof in your washing machine at home using Nikwax Tech Wash and TX.Direct. Not sure how? Head to YouTube for easy how-to videos.

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