Leah Crane


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I have been climbing for over twenty years ... I first 'touched rock' aged 3 and started to climb frequently from the age of 5. Dave Dicks was my first ever coach & I trained with him twice a week for around five years at the original Nottingham Wall. Dave taught me to climb, & how to master of my technique, honing immaculate footwork and understanding the subtleties of movement in order to move my body effectively. If it wasn’t for Dave and those early years, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Aged 10 I was taken under the wing of none other than Neil Gresham, international climbing legend and founder of the world famous Masterclass Coaching Academy. Neil was my mentor both in climbing and also in a professional capacity, opening my eyes to the wider climbing world. Without Dave & Neil, I would not be where I am today.

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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...

ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown
ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown

ISPO 2019 - Best in Show

The annual ISPO outdoor trade show has just wrapped up for 2019. Among the many new products shown to us by attending brands, a number caught our attention in particular...

Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear
Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Down Jackets

Whether you're climbing, camping or walking - or even just out in town - a light and packable down jacket is a versatile layer year-round. We compare 10 options.

tents test montage  © UKC Gear
tents test montage  © UKC Gear

2-Person 3-Season Tents

The balance of space, weather performance and packability makes this a versatile size of tent. We've been using seven different...

Guide Tennie montage  © Dan Bailey
Guide Tennie montage  © Dan Bailey

Five Ten Guide Tennie

The latest version of this popular approach shoe climbs like a dream, says Martin McKenna, and it rocks on long scrambles too. But keep it...

softshell montage test  © martin
softshell montage test  © martin

Summer Softshells

Lightweight softshell jackets are a summer staple for both walkers and climbers. We compare 11 models here.

Marmot Featherless Hoody in a wintry Peak District  © Toby Archer
Marmot Featherless Hoody in a wintry Peak District  © Toby Archer

Marmot Featherless Hoody

Featherless is Marmot's entry to synthetic fill that claims to give down a run for its money. How does it fare in the cold and damp of...


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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...

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...

OutDoor 2018 - Camping Equipment  © UKC
OutDoor 2018 - Camping Equipment  © UKC

OutDoor 2018 - Camping Gear

The UKC/UKH team have just returned from the final OutDoor show at Friedrichshafen. We saw hundreds of innovative, colourfuland...

OutDoor 2018 - Clothing  © UKC
OutDoor 2018 - Clothing  © UKC

OutDoor 2018 - Clothing

The UKC/UKH team have just returned from the final OutDoor show at Friedrichshafen. We saw hundreds of innovative, colourful and...

OutDoor 2018 - Rock Shoes and Footwear  © Nick Brown - UKC
OutDoor 2018 - Rock Shoes and Footwear  © Nick Brown - UKC

OutDoor 2018 - Rock Shoes and Footwear

The UKC/UKH team have just returned from the final OutDoor show at Friedrichshafen. We saw hundreds of innovative,...