Steve McClure recently bolted a striking line up the side of his house in Sheffield. His endeavour attracted the attention of ITV News, who reported the ascent to the nation as part of a segment on athletes training at home. A few days later, Steve's interview was put in front of a discerning group of Channel 4's Gogglebox television couch-critics, who were quick to try and pull Steve firmly back down to earth...
Reactions from the show's regulars included:
'Climbing your own house is pathetic!'
'Good job he doesn't live in a f*cking bungalow he'd be totally f*cked then wouldn't he!'
'Oh get down. He's two foot off the floor. Pathetic!'
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Steve told UKC:
'So I guess I have finally made it now, fame at last! I can relax and retire....'
Despite being mocked by the general public, Steve's outlook on his home wall - named The House Wall Project - remains positive:
'To be honest, the wall route has been really useful. It's actually a really good climb, it's about 7c+ and is 'natural' in that it uses the stone features and not gaps in the cement, so it feels like a real route, and climbs like one too.'
Rather than bother his kids for a belay, Steve roped-in an inanimate friend for the first ascent. He shared a video on his Facebook page last week.