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Welcome to our Blog where you will find a large collection of informative articles and videos for new and experienced climbers, runners and outdoor enthusiasts.

We are particulary proud of our in-depth Product Reviews and associated Buying Guides. We have a series on The Basics, for those new to, or are interested in climbing. We also have a wealth of Product Information and Brand Profiles and much much more.

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A shoe for the many, not the few. The V6 is a superb example of the recent strides Evolv have taken with their shoe design, creating a shoe in the V6 that does the impossible - fit, suit and support pretty much everyone. It really is a shoe that can do it all.
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Versatile training, excellent ergonomics, and the beautiful aesthetic that only a piece of the finest wood can deliver, it’s fair to say the new VerticalBoard range of fingerboards from YY Vertical has it all.
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Here’s an introduction to all things brushing, the what’s, the why’s and every bristle in-between. 
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Bigger, bolder, better. The new Evolv Zenist Pro truly earns its name as one of the most cutting edge climbing shoes Evolv has ever made. Locked and loaded with a lot of the same new tech as its more outdoor focussed cousin, the Shaman Pro, the pair spearhead a revitalised Evolv and thrust it firmly in a modern direction. But, is this new look bang or bust for Evolv?
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Climbing shoes are one of the first purchases made once we start climbing more regularly, and it’s one that can have a massive influence on how we engage with the sport throughout those first few months. Knowing which shoes to buy can prove a minefield of choice (and for some a pretty big investment) so take a look at our top picks. 
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Purchasing rock shoes online can be a tricky undertaking, the following short article outlines our “suggested” rock shoe fit formula. This system offers the customer between 2 and 4 sizing options – in accordance with their pre-measured foot size – for each of the rock shoe models we stock, with each sizing option offered being appropriate to varying levels of performance.
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A range of simple tips, tricks and techniques for softening up your fresh pair of performance climbing shoes.
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In a world where all kit is getting lighter and lighter and lighter is it such a bad thing to consider an advanced piece of kit that isn't quite at the cutting edge of development? This is a review for the Blue Ice - Aero Ice Screw. It's important to note this is different to the newer Aero Lite screw from Blue Ice. 
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Christmas is here again and as we approach the 25th, you might be looking for some gift inspiration for the climber, mountaineer or camper in your life. In this short but comprehensive guide, we'll suggest a range of stocking fillers for the different types of mountain enthusiasts in your life. To qualify as a 'stocking filler', the items will cost less than £30.
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With temperatures dropping and winter just round the corner, you might be planning on getting out in the cold to make the most of our fleeting encounters with the white stuff. So, with these adventures in mind, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the kit you’ll need to ensure you stay warm, comfortable and safe in our Winter Top 5 series. In this article we’re looking at winter walking in the hills and breaking this down into 5 bits of technical kit you’ll need to do this safely and effectively.

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The following article offers a buying guide for head torches, a simple but essential piece of equipment should you find yourself outdoors after dark. In our opinion, you should never go out without one.

If you're stuck on what sort of head torch you need, check out this guide to give you a better understanding and hopefully you'll be staying out when everyone else has gone home. 

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Join Aidan Roberts in this week's video to find out what it's really like to project V17 alongside the likes of Shawn Raboutou, Daniel Woods and the Mellow crew. Lattice sat down with Aidan shortly after his ascent of Alphane V17 to find how it all goes down at the pinnacle of the bouldering game. Enjoy!
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Sleek, slim and supremely soft, the Unparallel Souped UP is the epitome of the modern climbing shoe, refined and ready to hook, jam and jump its way into your gym climbing heart. But, write this one off as just another volume hopper at your peril - the Souped UP might just be the perfect shoe for some outdoor climbers too.
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This week's video comes from Czechia where Adam Ondra has invited Brits Pete Whittaker and Will Bosi out to sample some old school Czechian sandstone climbing. Striking towers, steeped in history and tradition, the climbing is an intense mixture of chimney jamming and thrutching across blank faces. Famous for not allowing the use of chalk or metal camming devices, a Czechian sandstone tower trip is a climbing experience like no other. Enjoy!
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In this week's video Shauna's tour of the UK's best boulders hits the central Lake District, showing us round some classic venues and a few local Rock+Run hotspots. Featuring an incredibly impressive Bowderstone rampage, ticking classics like Impropa and Grand Opera, the real highlight is Shauna's first 8B as a mum, making light work of Flip Flopera. 
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As climbers, our skin is our most important tool, sensitively connecting us to the vertical world and creating the essential friction that keeps us on the wall. But, knowing how to maintain your skin and deal with its specific needs both whilst climbing and between climbing sessions can be tricky. Put simply, most of our climbing skin troubles will come as a result of skin that is either too wet or too dry, we’ll take a look at some of the specifics of each below and some of the products that can help you maintain superb skin.
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In this week's video we follow Shauna into the outer reaches of Scotland as she samples some of the finest bouldering our fair isle has to offer. Opening the show on the incredible Malc's Arete 7B in Torridon and finishing with A Fridge Too Far, we're given undeniable proof that Torridon might just be the real jewel in Britain's bouldering crown. Enjoy!
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In this week's video we join Wide Boy, Pete Whittaker, as he revisits two of his most iconic first ascents - Dynamics of Change E9 at Burbage and Baron Greenback E10 at Wimberry. Both are death defying routes and certainly haven't got any easier for Pete some years after their original ascent. Climbing aside, the real highlight of this one is seeing the impact of a crux fall on both routes, aptly demonstrated in a 'scientific' way by an egg, this one's not to be missed. Enjoy!
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We're staying local with this week's video as we follow Aidan Roberts and the Wedge crew round the Lake District, sending some classic test pieces and opening up tough new lines. 

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Refined simplicity in a versatile pack designed to tackle the fastest and lightest mountain adventures, the Vertrail 16 comes in as the most intriguing addition to the 2023 Deuter pack range. Hybridising elements of a trail running vest, a roll top dry bag and a conventional mountaineering day pack in a compact 16 litre offering, have Deuter nailed it or have they bitten off more than most of us can chew?
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Dynamic precision in a newly conceptualised take on a classic, the Evolv Shaman Pro seizes its family line and thrusts it firmly to the pinnacle of the performance shoe world. Used and no doubt co-designed with Evolv's elite rostrum of top athletes like Daniel Woods and Alex Johnson, the Shaman Pro is the shoe for hard projects and that next level in bouldering difficulty - so it's good, really flipping good, but is it the shoe for you?

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Our favourite WideBoy, Pete, is back on our YouTube screens discussing what it takes to send the hardest climb of your life. Alongside working on his trad project in Norway, Pete has been putting in the hard yards back at HQ where he's undergone a Lattice assessment to target his weaknesses. Here he takes us through the training he's been doing to tick off his ultimate Norwegian goal, enjoy!
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Shauna Coxsey is BACK in this week's video as she embarks on a huge trip to tick off some of the UK's best 7th grade boulder problems. In this first episode of her new YouTube series, we follow Shauna as she catches the end of the grit season around her local Sheffield crags. Enjoy!
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We're back with another super video from Dave MacLeod this week. Short and sweet, kick start your weekend watching Dave solo the Left Hand Route on the Orion Face of Ben Nevis. Relatively easy going for Dave at VS 4c but the exposure will leave you watching with sweaty palms, Friday evenings don't get much better, enjoy!

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