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Mason Earle


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Mason started climbing as a young child in the trees around his house in Massachusetts. Eventually he started climbing rocks, and at age 18 he moved to the western US where he has lived since. The best climbing adventures are always the ones that went terribly wrong. Like the time Mason got blood poisoning in French Polynesia, or the time one of his portaledges collapsed during a fierce Patagonian storm, or the time he didn’t bring enough food on a trip to Venezuela and spent the month on the verge of starvation. Mason has always been drawn to exploring for new rock climbs, especially cracks.

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Vision MIPS in Glen Clova  © UKC Gear

Black Diamond Vision MIPS helmet

Crossing over from the bike and skiing industries, MIPS (Multidirectional Impact Protection System) helmets are designed to offer increased protection to the brain from rotational forces. Martin McKenna looks at the Black Diamond Vision MIPS, o...

Going light in the North Pennines with the Distance Tent and Z-Poles  © Toby Archer
Going light in the North Pennines with the Distance Tent and Z-Poles  © Toby Archer

Black Diamond Distance Tent with Z-Poles

At only around 820g, and pitching using trekking poles, the single-skin Distance Tent is not much heavier than a bivvy bag or a small tarp, yet it offers a lot more weather protection than either. Toby Archer asks: what's the catch?

Black Diamond Session Review  © UKC Gear
Black Diamond Session Review  © UKC Gear

Black Diamond Session Approach Shoe

With its funky flip-down heel and soft sock-like fit, the Session is a comfy and convenient slip on/slip off shoe for bouldering and sport climbing, inside or out. It's too casual for longer or more rugged approaches, but in its niche we think it's a...

Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear
Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear

Bombproof Winter Mountain Shells

What's the ideal shell for Scottish winter climbing and gnarly hill walks? A beefy and protective one! Here we review tough...

2am on the Cuillin Ridge  © Dan Bailey
2am on the Cuillin Ridge  © Dan Bailey

Compact Headtorches

Modern front-mounted headtorches are neat and lightweight, yet pack enough power for most needs. Here we look in depth at five...

20L packs montage  © UKC Gear
20L packs montage  © UKC Gear

Day Packs Around 20 Litres

We check out 11 smaller rucksacks for lightweight days.

Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear
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,...


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adidas Terrex FREE HIKER Parley

These lightweight hiking shoes deliver freedom of movement and long-distance comfort for all terrains. The sock-like adidas Primeknit upper conforms to the foot and complements the responsive Boost midsole for extended comfort and energy return.

ISPO 2020 Climbing Gear  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Climbing Gear  © UKC

ISPO 2020 - New Climbing Gear

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than usual, this in no way detracted from the quality of the clobber on show and hitting the shops in the near future. Below is a...

BD Athlete Babsi Zangerl in the Vision Down Parka  © Andy Earl
BD Athlete Babsi Zangerl in the Vision Down Parka  © Andy Earl

Black Diamond Apparel: 3 jackets, 3 technologies

It's a big, cold world out there, and Black Diamond has got you covered. Through the same commitment to innovation and technology found in our shell-layers, BD delivers a comprehensive insulation collection built to withstand the rigors...

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...

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 - 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,...


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