5. UK Climbing

The latest from Britain's boldest climbers

UK Climbing

UK Climbing     Photo: Screenshot

Good for: Keeping track of what’s happening on the other side of the pond.

Written by: A team of writers headed up by chief editor Mick Ryan, one of the cofounders of Rockfax guidebooks.

From gritstone headpoints to long sea cliff climbs, the British climbing scene is different than the U.S. As the name suggests, UK Climbing is the best source for news of hard repeats and first ascents from around the United Kingdom. An editorial staff of six—most with backgrounds in outdoors journalism and guidebook writing—put up three to six news posts a day.

Sample post: In the fall of 2008, Alex Honnold, Kevin Jorgeson, and Matt Segal traveled to the U.K. and ticked some of the country's hardest grit routes. UKC tracked "Team America's" progress on its blog.

"Alex Honnold, Kevin Jorgeson and Matt Segal are having one helluva trip, and not just enjoying our glorious weather and having mammoth movie watching sessions, but kicking ass on God's own rock. They are, as the lament went about the American G.I's who invaded the UK in the Second World War, "overpaid, oversexed and over here." This week has been Honnold's. To borrow a phrase: He owned!...

On the 14th November Honnold did, to quote his friend Matt Segal, "some variation of Knocking on Heavens Door E8" then later that day, "In typical Honnold style, he walked up to Gaia E8 and thought it didn't look too bad... After a quick warm-up he flashed (much closer to an on-sight) Gaia... Was pretty sick, there was no chalk on the holds and he didn't have any beta, he had just seen Hard Grit a while ago... Super proud!"

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