Craig Matheson


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Craig Matheson has his name to many Lakeland first ascents, including Stopper Knott at White Ghyll (E8) and Thy Will be Done on Scafell (E8). In addition to his new routes, Craig has also made second ascents of a number hard Lakes routes, including Welcome to the Cruel World (E9), Hasty Sin Oot Ert Hoonds? (E9), The Keswickian (E8) and Another Lonely Day (E8).


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Craig Matheson after climbing If 6 was 9.  © Craig Matheson

News Third Ascent of If 6 was 9 E9 6c by Craig Matheson

Craig Matheson has made the third ascent of If 6 was 9 at Iron Crag in Cumbria. Established in 1992 by Dave Birkett, the line waited 15 years for a second ascent by Dave MacLeod and almost as long again for Crag's recent ascent 12 years later.

Craig Matheson works his way up the striking Another Lonely Day E8 6c.  © Craig Matheson
Craig Matheson works his way up the striking Another Lonely Day E8 6c.  © Craig Matheson

News First Repeat of Another Lonely Day E8 6c by Craig Matheson

Cumbrian Craig Matheson has made the first repeat of Another Lonely Day E8 6c on Scafell's East Buttress. Climbed in 2002 by Dave Birkett, Another Lonely Day has built a reputation for being a tough lead, with a guidebook description...

Craig and Rob Matheson on a day out in May 2019.  © Matheson collection
Craig and Rob Matheson on a day out in May 2019.  © Matheson collection

Interview Perfect Partners #18: Rob and Craig Matheson

In this series of articles, Tom Ripley interviews some well-known climbing partnerships to dig up their dirty secrets and find out what they really think of one another... Browse through the first ascents section of any Fell and Rock Climbing...

The Sticklebarn hayloft set up for a talk  © Jenny Jones Photography
The Sticklebarn hayloft set up for a talk  © Jenny Jones Photography

Press Release Raven's Pit, Sticklebarn - Langdale on Friday 3rd May

The National Trust's Sticklebarn pub in the Langdale Valley will be hosting a night of film, ale and...

Craig Matheson on The Keswickian  © Craig Matheson
Craig Matheson on The Keswickian  © Craig Matheson

Video Craig Matheson climbs The Keswickian (E8 7a)

We have a short video of Craig Matheson climbing The Keswickian, E8 7a at Gouther Crags. The first ascent of the...


Latest Reviews for Craig's Sponsors

Reviews from the UKC editorial team

LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes - Women's/LV Fit

In this group test we compare nine pairs of performance shoes with a women's / low volume fit. How did they all do...?

Jett LU montage  © Martin McKenna
Jett LU montage  © Martin McKenna

Ocun Jett LU Rock Shoe

"What we low-to-middling climbers arguably need is a shoe that doesn't feel like it's holding your performance back, but not one so extreme that you can hardly wear it" reckons Dan Bailey. Does the Jett LU hit that intermediate sweet spot?

Spirit Climbing 1  © UKC Gear
Spirit Climbing 1  © UKC Gear

Ocun Spirit 9.5mm Rope

The Ocun Spirit is a great all-round single rope for sport climbing, top-roping and trad climbing, says Theo Moore. Despite its relatively skinny diameter it has proved to be durable, and continues to handle very smoothly after several months.

Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear
Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

For a dedicated sport climbing harness you will want something light, comfortable and fairly simple. In this group test...

Entries within the Performance Rock Shoe Group Test  © UKC Gear
Entries within the Performance Rock Shoe Group Test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes

'Performance' is a huge category, so with UK sport climbing in mind we've narrowed the focus of this review to down-turned, supportive...

How many is too many?  © Penny Orr
How many is too many?  © Penny Orr

Mid-Sized Bouldering Mats

Bouldering mats have come a long way since the beer towel. Not only do modern pads give a better landing, they are also bigger,...

Ocun Oxi QC montage  © Dan Bailey
Ocun Oxi QC montage  © Dan Bailey

Ocun Oxi QC

From bouldering to sport and indoors, Ocun's Oxi QC is billed as the most versatile shoe in the Oxi family. Kevin Woods reviewed the original Oxi last...


Latest News from Craig's Sponsors

Annoucements direct from manufacturers

OutDoor 2019 - Climbing Gear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Gear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the world's outdoor industry gathered in Munich to network, drink beer and showcase their shiny new stuff. For us it's a great opportu...

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 heat the world's outdoor industry gathered in Munich to network, drink beer and showcase their shiny new stuff. For us it's a great...

Neon Illustration  © Ocun
Neon Illustration  © Ocun

Ocun Neon Lightweight Harnesses

Neon is our answer to the universal desire of all sport climbers for a harness that is light and comfortable at the same time. Its construction ensures perfectly even distribution of weight of a falling climber while remaining minimalistic and airy. The...

Jett QC Pair  © Ocun
Jett QC Pair  © Ocun

Ocun Jett QC and Jett LU Climbing Shoes

Reliable precision with comfort. That's our new Jett climbing shoe. It comes in two models – the Jett LU with...

Ocun Ropes Competition  © Ocun
Ocun Ropes Competition  © Ocun

Ocun Rope Range

Low impact force, long lifespan and zero sheath slippage achieved solely by perfect control over the manufacturing process. These are just...

Harpy HMS Twist  © Ocun
Harpy HMS Twist  © Ocun

Ocun Hawk and Harpy Screwgate

There are situations in climbing that border with danger and ask for special protection. To increase your courage in such...

OutDoor 2018 - Rock Shoes and Footwear  © Nick Brown - UKC
OutDoor 2018 - Rock Shoes and Footwear  © Nick Brown - UKC

OutDoor 2018 - Rock Shoes and Footwear

The UKC/UKH team have just returned from the final OutDoor show at Friedrichshafen. We saw hundreds of innovative,...