WINNERS: Kandersteg Ice Climbing Festival

What metal are Stinger Crampons made of? The answer is: Stainless Steel.

FIRST PRIZE:A Pair of Black Diamond Stinger Crampons goes to Tim Lofthouse of Burneside, Cumbria

SECOND PRIZE: A Black Diamond Aspect Harness goes to Rebecca Ellis of Sheffield.

THIRD PRIZE: A Black Diamond Spot Headlamp goes to Katherine Ostrich of Aston, Herts.

Thank you to everyone who entered.

The annual Kandersteg Ice Climbing Festival in Switzerland will be staged for the 14th time from 4 to 6 January 2013.

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In this exclusive UKC competition you have a chance of winning some Black Diamond gear including a pair of Stinger Crampons, an Aspect Harness and a Spot headlamp.

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The Kandersteg Ice Climbing Competition


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This year at Kandersteg as well the ice climbing competition, ice climbing skill clinics, and a huge party, top climbers Adam Ondra, Pietro dal Pra and Stefan Glowacz will be giving presentations and will be joining Ines Papert, Nico and Olivier Favresse, Markus Bendler, Albert Leichtfried, Dodo Kopold, Klemen Premrl, Andy Houseman, Matt Helliker, Hazel Findlay, David Göttler, Patrick Aufdenblatten in a celebration of climbing, sharing their experiences, competing and offering advice.

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Adam Ondra will be joining a whole host of climbers this year at the Kandersteg Ice Climbing Festival

If you can make it, it will be a great three days and you are welcome to come along whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned Scottish turf picker!

If you do go you may also get a glimpse of the new Black Diamond range of clothing.

Full details of this years event can be seen at



Answer the question below and stand a chance of winning one of the following prizes.


FIRST PRIZE: A Pair of Black Diamond Stinger Crampons

Stinger Crampon, 168 kb
Stinger Crampon
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Designed to tackle serious ice and mixed lines on winter crags and alpine faces the world over, the Black Diamond Stinger is our lightweight stainless steel crampon with a replaceable monopoint. An asymmetrical design fits the contours of modern mountain boots, and thin, low-profile heel and toe wires offer a precise fit for less weight.

SECOND PRIZE: A Black Diamond Aspect Harness.

Aspect Harness, 104 kb
Aspect Harness
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Ice routes in Canmore. Sport climbs in Rodellar. Splitters at Indian Creek. For those who climb it all, all year long, the Black Diamond Aspect provides four-season performance and comfort with our Dual Core XP Construction™. Dual Core XP features a waistbelt with two thin bands of webbing around the outside of the frame and an EVA foam insert to evenly distribute load without pressure points. The Aspect is designed with 4 Ice Clipper slots to accommodate your tools and screws, plus 4 pressure-molded gear loops and a 12 kN-rated haul loop. We also added pre-threaded Forged Speed Adjust buckles on the waistbelt and leg loops (to accommodate varying layers through the seasons) and Bombshell abrasion patches (which are 20 times more durable than standard nylon).

THIRD PRIZE: A Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

Spot Headlamp, 161 kb
Spot Headlamp
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Now featuring more power than ever, the 90-lumen Black Diamond Spot Headlamp is the light to have when you can only have one. Whether you're cooking up some grub after a long day on the trail or spotting anchors on an after-dark rappelling epic, this compact, super-bright headlamp features multiple modes that are customizable to any lighting situation. Red SinglePower LEDs provide proximity lighting without cycling through the white mode, so you won't accidentally compromise night vision. A lock mode prevents accidental battery drain in your pack or while stored, and a 3-level power meter means you'll never be caught with a dead headlamp hours from camp.

This competition has now closed.

- This competition is only open to registered users at and
- Competition closes on 24th December at 09.00 GMT.
- The winners will be notified by email.
- Prizes will only be posted to a UK or Ireland address.
- The winners' names will be announced on UKC/UKH and


Sponsors, 31 kb

The lead sponsors of the Kandersteg Ice Climbing Festival are Polartec , Black Diamond , Primaloft and Petzl .

The local partners of the Kandersteg Ice Climbing Festival are Kandersteg Tourismus, Kandertal Tourismus, Kandersteg town council and Red Bull.

The magazines Vertical, Klettern and Desnivel and the websites and are the media partners.

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