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Published: 2017-11-22T09:00+00:00


OPINION: Back the Ban on Driven Grouse Shooting


(image) Where are all the birds of prey on Britain's grouse moors? Raptor persecution is the dark secret of our uplands, says campaigner Dr Mark Avery, and the grouse industry is to blame. Don't just get mad – get active

ARTICLE: Holding on to Waste? A Very Rubbish Climbing Event


(image) A bouldering competition in Rennes, France was recently organised around the theme of reusing and repurposing objects and materials. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to set and climb a route made up of bowling balls, potties and washing machines? Olivier Lhopiteau of CPB Rennes Escalade did just that.

COMPETITION: Win a pair of Boreal Diabolo rock shoes!


(image) We're giving you the chance to win a pair of Diabolo rock shoes. Diabolo is the most popular shoe in our performance collection. Offering a precise, low profile last with a close fitting heel and mild downturn, Diabolo is ideal for climbers wanting to push their grades to the next level.

COMPETITION: Win a Mountain Equipment Lightline Jacket


(image) Win a Mountain Equipment Lightline Jacket in celebration of its 40th anniversary!

COMPETITION: Win Páramo's NEW Torres Activo - one men's & one women's jacket to be wo


(image) Páramo's newest insulation is a versatile, lightweight, highly packable jacket to wear over a baselayer, fleece or waterproof for energetic mountain activities in conditions when extra insulation is needed.

FEATURE: Moonraker - The First Ascent of The Old Redoubt


(image) An article and film about Pat Littlejohn and Peter Biven's audacious first ascent of Moonraker on The Old Redoubt: A journey back through time to August 1967 when the crag was still unknown territory. The climbing life of a young Littlejohn comes full circle as he climbs the route exactly fifty years to the hour later, with Peter's granddaughter. Anna Biven experiences her first time on a sea-cliff as she follows in her incredible grandfather's footsteps!

ARTICLE: 10 People You'll Kendal Mountain Festival 2017


(image) With Kendal Mountain Festival just around the corner, another round of films, talks, adventure and beer will be on tap. But the question remains: who can you expect to rub shoulders with at the bar this year? Who can you embarrass yourself in front of as you drunkenly ask them to sign your beermat/down jacket/face?

We've compiled a list of ten interesting, fun and quirky characters who will be speaking and socialising at KMF this weekend. Well, there are eleven actually, but the Wideboyz surely count as a single unit...



(image) EDELRID are giving 3 lucky UKClimbing readers the chance to win one of their most popular climbing helmets.

COMPETITION: Win an Arc'teryx Cerium LT hoody!


(image) Arc'teryx have a new, re-designed Cerium LT up for grabs. With an impressive warmth-to-weight ratio, the Cerium LT hoody is ideal as a mid layer in cold conditions or as a standalone piece in dry conditions

COMPETITION: Win 1 of 2 Salewa Tirolwool Celliant Puez Jackets


(image) Salewa are giving you the chance to win one of two Puez TW CLT Half Zip Jackets from their new Tirolwool Celliant collection. 

DIGITAL FEATURE: Jim Herrington - Capturing Rock Stars of the Golden Age


(image) Music. Photography. Climbing. This unlikely triad of passions has influenced Jim Herrington's life from a young age, one occasionally pulling him further away from the others, as he strove to find an elusive equilibrium.

Over the last twenty years, two of these passions have intertwined in pursuit of an ambitious project to create a photo book paying homage to rock stars of a different kind; those whose records weren't for selling, but for setting on virgin peaks and faces by means of first ascents and gutsy endeavours, during the loosely defined 'Golden Age' of climbing from the 1920s to the '70s. Meet The Climbers.

ARTICLE: In Memory of Pete Kirton


(image) Pete Kirton sadly passed away last week at the age of 57. Whilst his name may not be familiar with many, his contribution to British rock climbing was immeasurable. Pete was one of the first climbers in the country to pursue bouldering for the sake of bouldering. He influenced many by developing problems in Northumberland, The Peak District and spent some time developing the Bowderstone with Jerry Moffatt. Tales of his strength echo down from that generation, along with his wry sense of humour and humility. In this article, Andy Pollitt and Andy Reeve remember Pete from two very different parts of his life; his time as a climber in Sheffield and his time as a mental health nurse.

ARTICLE: 10 People You'll the UKC Logbooks


(image) UKC user Lizard Ollie (Ollie Thomas) has scoured the UKC logbooks notes and categorised the curious mix of comments left behind in the wake of joy, defeat, disappointment and angry weasels (yes, you'll just have to read on)...

Are you a Comedian? An Over-grader? A raconteur of the absurd? It's time to find out...

COMPETITION: Win 1 of 3 pairs of La Sportiva Rock Shoes


(image) Starting In the 1920's Narciso Delladio hand-crafted wooden clogs and leather boots for the lumber-jacks and farmers of the Fassa and Fiemme valleys in the Italian Dolomites. The Second World War came along and Narciso began custom making special mountain boots. Even in those days, "innovation" was already the watch word with a patent having been filed for a unique lacing system that would later be used by all the leading footwear factories in Italy.

PODCAST: Factor Two - E1: Becoming the Master


(image) In this new podcast series, Wil Treasure shares stories from the climbing world through interviews with both well-known and lesser-known characters. In-depth, personal accounts that aren't read from a page on a variety of themes. Settle down with a cuppa and have a listen...

Episode 1: James McHaffie and Jerry Moffatt talk about their differing experiences on Master's Wall, Clogwyn Du'r Arddu.