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"Some of my best times were in North Wales doing new routes in the Slate quarries, and on Gogarth, in the late 70s and mid-80s. Concurrently visits to the Alps in winter started my tally of solos of alpine routes to around 86 of TD grade and above, there has been a slow down as paranoia has crept in, or avalanched in. Anyway, I moved to Chamonix for 20 years finally moving when I became badly smashed up due to a high-speed snowboarding prang. Relocating to the Pyrenees, recovery was aided by two of my old loves, Caving and slow hill running, these brought back some of the soul to my climbing after being a jaded 'Pro' for so long. It was also there slowly but surely that the lessons of a such a terribly long career finally bore fruit and I began to climb a little better, 9a arrived at the tender age of 52! Another good year was when I did the inaugural  Tor de Geants 200 mile mountain race, a 9a, and some E8 first ascents. Hopefully, I might have another good year......."


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Ron Fawcett on top of High Tor having just soloed Darius live on TV  © Al Evans

Stevie Haston Reviews Ron Fawcett's New Book

"I don't like this book, I love it. I read it twice in a day, and was still reading bits of it out aloud to myself that night." Ron Fawcett gets the Stevie Haston treatment, with historical photographs and commentary ...


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Testing the Kalipe on slabby gneiss  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Kalipe

They are not the most technical approach shoe on the market, and their shallow tread could prove a worry on steep grass, but the Kalipe's combination of affordable price, and comfy and forgiving fit, makes them an easy approach shoe to get alon...

Light but pretty well cushioned, they feel like a good choice for mixed terrain  © Dan Bailey
Light but pretty well cushioned, they feel like a good choice for mixed terrain  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Spin Ultra

Offering generous levels of cushioning and support in a surprisingly lightweight package, the Spin Ultra should be equally at home on long trail running days and gentler local runs, says Dan Bailey. It's worth considering for summer hill walks and mountain crag...

It's a refined and modern take on the traditional leather boot...  © Dan Bailey
It's a refined and modern take on the traditional leather boot...  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

A traditional leather mountain boot with modern refinements, Tom Ripley thinks the updated Mont Blanc Pro GTX would be a good choice for any mountaineer looking for a solid B3 boot that can be used from winter hill walking through to technical ice and mixed...

Comfortable out of the box on Beinn a' Chrulaiste  © Dan Bailey
Comfortable out of the box on Beinn a' Chrulaiste  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa R-Evo GTX

"A non-techy walking boot that can eat the miles without chewing your feet up too, the R-Evo is built for comfort" reckons Dan Bailey...

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,...

mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear
mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear

All Round B1-B2 Mountain Boots

Mountaineering involves all sorts of terrain, so a general mountain boot has to be an all-rounder. We look at eight models that...

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...


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Scarpa Manta Tech men's close up  © Ed Smith

Scarpa Manta Tech GTX

The Scarpa Manta has been an icon for over three decades. As a multi award winning model in various generations it has represented the "benchmark" in 4 season Mountain boots. Evolving over many generations, the new Manta Tech represents...

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...

ISPO 2020 Footwear  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Footwear  © UKC

ISPO 2020 - New Footwear

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 roundup...

Mont Blanc Pro  © Scarpa
Mont Blanc Pro  © Scarpa

Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

The Mt Blanc Pro is a warm and durable boot designed for technical mountaineering and winter climbing. The new Mt Blanc Pro is...

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...

ZG Thumbnail  © Scarpa
ZG Thumbnail  © Scarpa

The Scarpa Zero Gravity Collection

The Zero Gravity (ZG) family of product represents a new class of product for Scarpa, designed around a fluid and dynamic...

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...


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