James 'Caff' McHaffie


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James is a full time climbing instructor and coach. You can book him via his website.

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Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear

Approach Shoes

Whether you're approaching a mountain crag or out on a scramble or via ferrata, an approach shoe will be lighter and more nimble than a boot, yet more supportive and technically capable than a running shoe. In this group test we check out ten mode...

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

Boreal Saurus thumbnail  © Dan Bailey
Boreal Saurus thumbnail  © Dan Bailey

Boreal Saurus Running Shoe

While the Saurus is more than capable on the hills, this a trail shoe that you can also comfortably take onto more urban ground, says Dan Bailey

Plenty of shock absorption in the sole  © Dan Bailey
Plenty of shock absorption in the sole  © Dan Bailey

Boreal Aztec Walking Shoe

A very sturdy waterproof-lined walking shoe, the Boreal Aztec is billed as a low-ankle alternative to boots. Is Dan Bailey converted?

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...

Xmas 2016 reading list montage  © UKC Gear
Xmas 2016 reading list montage  © UKC Gear

Christmas Books - Our Recommendations

From impressive new guides to works of literature, 2016 has seen a bumper crop of great mountain reads. We've picked our...

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...


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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...

OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Shoes and Footwear

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...

Boreal Arwa  © Boreal
Boreal Arwa  © Boreal

Boreal Mountain Boots - Triglav / Nelion / Arwa

Spring 2019 sees the launch of new family of alpine mountaineering boots from Boreal. The three new models comprise of Arwa, Triglav and Nelion, all of which have been given radical designs to take advantage of the very latest high-tech...

Friendly Foot thumbnail  © Friendly Foot
Friendly Foot thumbnail  © Friendly Foot

Friendly Foot Shoe Spray Disinfectant and Deodoriser

Finally a shoe deodorizer spray that is friendly to your feet , skin and the environment, yet still...

Boreal Saurus Running Shoe

Saurus is an all new trail running shoe which excels on off-road footpaths and routes which feature a mix of hard paved surfaces...

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...

Outside Crag Clean Up 2018  © Outside
Outside Crag Clean Up 2018  © Outside

Outside Crag Clean Up 2018

It's that time of year again! Let's all go out and give our crags, hills and woods a spring clean (yeah alright, we know it's...