James Pearson


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James has gone from climbing near his family home in the Peak District of England to exploring walls and mountains in exotic locations around the globe everywhere from Tazmania to Thailand. His first venture into rock climbing came at the age of 15 and it was soon clear that he was blessed with a naturally elegant climbing style. However, he also had the dedication and commitment to refine and develop that talent and by the age of 19 he was already one of the UK’s brightest climbing stars. James has been scouring the planet for more demanding challenges ever since. 

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James Pearson on Progression - F8c  © Dave Simmonite (still shot from video)

Video James Pearson - F8c

James Pearson, the UK climber now based in Innsbruck, Austria, has recently made very fast ascents of several F8c sport routes in the South of France. Pearson, best known for his UK trad exploits has been focussing on long...


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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...

L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket montage  © John McKenna
L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket montage  © John McKenna

The North Face Summit L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket & Summit L1 Climb Trousers

John McKenna tries this combination of a light shell jacket and softshell trousers on the rainy Scottish hills and crags.

Kaptiva thumb  © Mark Glaister
Kaptiva thumb  © Mark Glaister

La Sportiva Kaptiva Trail Shoes

More than just a trail running shoe, the Kaptiva can cope with most of what the UK hills can throw at it, says Bridget Collier.

...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)...

Trango portrait  © Toby Archer
Trango portrait  © Toby Archer

La Sportiva Trango Tower Extreme GTX

With a lightweight upper and an excellent balance of support and nimble-footedness, the Trango Tower Extreme GTX are superb...

Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear
Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear

Women's Midweight Down Jackets

Ten women's down jackets from leading brands go head-to-head in this comprehensive group test. What does 'midweight' even mean?...

It's a super-snug belay refuge  © Dave Saunders
It's a super-snug belay refuge  © Dave Saunders

The North Face Summit L6 Down Belay Parka

It's way more jacket than most of us need, but if you're after a duvet for somewhere seriously cold then the Down Belay...


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OutDoor 2019 - Final Roundup  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - Final New Product Roundup

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 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC
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...

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...

TNF Sawanabori Newsletter 3  © The North Face
TNF Sawanabori Newsletter 3  © The North Face

The North Face Summit L2 Proprius Grid Fleece Hoodie

The only thing that'll work harder than you on the predawn skin is this polartec® power grid™ fleece...

La Sportiva Bushido II

The Bushido II is a super light, extra grippy and aggressive shoe designed to ensure perfect stability and support on all types of...

ispo 2019 Footwear and Packs  © UKC
ispo 2019 Footwear and Packs  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Footwear and Packs

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of gigantic...

ISPO 2019 Clothing  © UKC
ISPO 2019 Clothing  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Clothing Roundup

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of gigantic...