Nick Bullock


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Nick Bullock should need little in the way of introduction.

One of Britain's finest alpinists and rock climbers, known for bold and audacious ascents, he is also a writer and occasional poet. A man who had already opted for one of life's tougher careers as a PT instructor for HM Prison Service only to give it all up, along with the regular salary and house to live in a van and pursue his passion for climbing. His appetite for climbing is as ferocious as ever. Nick is a genuine personality, that rare breed of person who understands and revels in the intricacies and emotions of climbing and mountaineering.

He has made numerous first ascents in Scottish winter, in the Greater Ranges, when trad climbing, and in the Alps. His 2016 ascent of Nyainqentangla South East via the North Buttress won him and his partner Paul Ramsden a prestigious Piolet d’Or (the ‘Oscar of mountaineering’) and worldwide commendation. Nick is one of the finest Scottish winter climbers of his generation, making exceptional first ascents such as Nevermore (X) on Lochnagar. His love for winter extends further afield where he has made ascents of numerous very technical routes in Canada, though one trip was cut short by him having to fight off a bear!

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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.

Whilst the pack is indeed well suited for trad, it's suitable for a range of activities  © UKC Gear
Whilst the pack is indeed well suited for trad, it's suitable for a range of activities  © UKC Gear

Mountain Equipment Ogre 33+ Pack

Last year Mountain Equipment released the Tupilak Pack to much fanfare. It's at the cutting edge of design, material and technology. However, it comes at a cost. Calls for a more affordable alternative have now been met with the Ogre. So how did Rob Greenwood...

An 'Alpine' spring day in Glen Coe - ideal conditions for testing the Combin Pant  © Dan Bailey
An 'Alpine' spring day in Glen Coe - ideal conditions for testing the Combin Pant  © Dan Bailey

Mountain Equipment Combin Pant

You probably wouldn't want them at Stanage, but for summer Alpine use (or those rare Scottish days that feel like the Alps) these...

It's an excellent lightweight down bag for summer use  © Richard Prideaux
It's an excellent lightweight down bag for summer use  © Richard Prideaux

Mountain Equipment Firefly Sleeping Bag

The Firefly is the lightest, 'most efficient' sleeping bag Mountain Equipment have yet made, they say, offering 'reliable...

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...

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?...


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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...

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...

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...

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...

OutDoor 2018 - Packs  © Nick Brown - UKC
OutDoor 2018 - Packs  © Nick Brown - UKC

OutDoor 2018 - Packs

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