Dan McManus


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Dan McManus is one of the unsung heroes of the British trad scene. His onsight approach to hard trad embodies the aspirations of British climbing culture, and has resulted in onsight and ground up ascents up to E8. Dan’s love of trad climbing has led him to make multiple free ascents of the most famous big wall of them all – El Capitan.


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...or you could wear it like a giant silver scarf  © UKC Gear

OutDoor 2019 - Best in Show

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. Over three long days we saw a lot (and we mean a lot) of gear - and as ever, among the many new products shown to us by attending brands a few particularly caught our...

DMM Raptor montage  © Dan Bailey
DMM Raptor montage  © Dan Bailey

DMM Raptor Ice Axe

A classic mountaineering axe, the DMM Raptor has been around since 1999. In this review the current model goes head-to-head against its original ancestor. How has it changed over the last 18 years?

gift guide montage  © UKC Gear
gift guide montage  © UKC Gear

Christmas Gift Guide: Goodies for £40 and Under

Christmas is nearly here, and as usual we've left present buying til the last minute. From seasonal staples like hats and torches to climbing hardwear and ultralight packs, here are some ideas that won't break the bank.

packs group test montage  © UKC Gear
packs group test montage  © UKC Gear

35-45 Litre Packs

For all-round climbing, mountaineering and hillwalking, 35-45 litres is a versatile size of pack. From alpine and winter-oriented models to...

harness group test montage  © UKC Gear
harness group test montage  © UKC Gear

All Round Harnesses

Since most climbers do a bit of everything, there's a lot to be said for a harness that does too. Over spring and summer 2016 the UKC test...

Viv Scott testing the DMM Apex axes at Sector Ecosse, Argentiere, Chamonix  © Jack Geldard
Viv Scott testing the DMM Apex axes at Sector Ecosse, Argentiere, Chamonix  © Jack Geldard

NEW DMM Apex and Fly Ice Axes

Viv Scott tests out DMM's new Apex ice axe, and a revision of their old favourite – the Fly. "Both the Apex and Fly feel...

DMM O-biner  © Dave Sarkar
DMM O-biner  © Dave Sarkar

DMM Zodiac and Ultra O carabiners

Here Dave Sarkar tests several 'biners from DMM. "The non-locking version has found it's logical way onto my trad rack...


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OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Clothing and Packs

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the world's outdoor industry gathered in Munich to network, drink beer and showcase their shiny new stuff. For us it's a great opportu...

Switch Handles being manufactured in Wales  © DMM
Switch Handles being manufactured in Wales  © DMM

DMM Ice Axe Range

For winter 2018/19 the tried and tested range of DMM ice axes has been updated with new colourways and laser markings. DMM tools are engineered for strength and reliability so they won't let you down when it really counts. The range consists of five tools.

OutDoor 2018 thumbnail  © UKC/UKH Gear
OutDoor 2018 thumbnail  © UKC/UKH Gear

OutDoor 2018 - Our Top 10 Products

We're just back from the annual gear fest that is the OutDoor show in Friedrichshafen. From the thousands of products on show, here are a few that really caught our eye.

OutDoor 2018 Montage  © UKC
OutDoor 2018 Montage  © UKC

OutDoor 2017 - Mountain Clothing and Footwear

The UKC team recently returned from the annual gear-fest in Friedrichshafen that is OutDoor. Here are some...

OutDoor 2017 Top 10 thumb  © UKClimbing
OutDoor 2017 Top 10 thumb  © UKClimbing

OutDoor 2017 - Our Top 10 Products

We are just back from the OutDoor show at Friedrichshafen. We'll be releasing full show reports soon, but to kick things...

Best of Fred 2016 montage  © UKC Gear
Best of Fred 2016 montage  © UKC Gear

OutDoor 2016 - Our Top 10 Products

The annual orgy of gear and beer that is OutDoor Friedrichshafen is over for another year, and UKC & UKH were out in force...

The classic Midi-Plan traverse above Chamonix  © Jack Geldard
The classic Midi-Plan traverse above Chamonix  © Jack Geldard

Walking / Mountaineering Axes

With the alpine summer season now in full swing many people are getting kitted out with spikey, shiney toys to safeguard...