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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News 2021 - A Year of Climbing News

The second year of the pandemic was another strange one. The year began with another lockdown in the UK; climbing walls were shut and advice was to stay local - another tough time for anyone who loves the outdoors. But there were some p...

Video The Story of Hard Cheese (E10 7a)

Franco Cookson talks to Craig and Rob Matheson about Craig's new line at Bright Beck Crag, near Pavey Ark. Tipped to be one of the hardest climbs in the country, Franco investigates Craig's pièce de résistance and finds himself hugely inspired...

News First Ascent of Hard Cheese (E10 7a) for Craig Matheson

Craig Matheson has made the first ascent of Hard Cheese (E10 7a) at Bright Beck Crag, Langdale. The route has been tried in the past by the likes of John Dunne but the overhanging groove held out until May when Craig made the first...

Video Rob Matheson returns to Holocaust - 50 Years On

Lake District climbing has been hitting the headlines over the past couple of weeks and rightly so. Neil...

Article Rob Matheson's Paladin - 50 Years On

"These days we're bombarded by images of honed athletes powering up wildly overhanging rock and it's difficult to...

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...

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...

Interview Perfect Partners #18: Rob and Craig Matheson

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

Video Craig Matheson climbs The Keswickian (E8 7a)

Latest Reviews for Craig's Sponsors

Reviews from the UKC editorial team

Scarpa Generator and Generator Mid - The Ultimate Trad Shoe?

These days rock shoes seem to be getting softer and softer, making the quest to find a supportive trad shoe increasingly tough. The Generator and its mid-cut companion buck that trend in a big way, says Rob Greenwood, combining all-day comfort ...

Scarpa Vapour S - Something Truly Special?

Rob Greenwood and Penny Orr are mighty impressed by Scarpa's latest slipper. Combining all-day comfort with a surprising degree of performance, the Vapour S redefines what a slipper can do, says Rob.

Scarpa Golden Gate Kima RT - brilliant, apart from the bad bits

A mountain running shoe with a carbon plate - an idea that's crossed over from road running - the Kima RT is designed to reduce fatigue over long distances. Rob Greenwood felt the benefit, but then ran into some big issues. If...

Scarpa Ribelle Run GTX - Can they convert a Gore-Tex sceptic?

Dan Bailey has never been a fan of waterproof-lined running shoes, but finds himself won over by...

UKC / UKH Gear of the Year 2022

Our hard working review team get through a mountain of kit every year. Amongst it all some items stand out from the crowd, and...

Scarpa Mescalito TRK GTX

Based on the popular Mescalito Mid approach shoe, but souped up for greater support on rough ground, the Mescalito TRK GTX is a...

Scarpa Golden Gate ATR

Aimed at the crossover between tarmac and trail, the Golden Gate ATR combines a deeply cushioned midsole with a minimal drop. Initially...

Latest News from Craig's Sponsors

Announcements direct from manufacturers

Scarpa Mescalito Mids - Save 35%

Save 35% and pick up a pair of comfortable, lightweight, three-season hiking boots for just £149! Get ready for summer trekking, hiking and walking adventures.

SCARPA steps forward to sponsor mountain running events

SCARPA has signed up as title sponsor of the Great Lakeland 3Day for the next three editions of the event. In addition, the brand will become the exclusive footwear sponsor of the Montane Dragon's Back Race. Both are organised by...

Outside Deals - Save up to 30% on Scarpa Mojito & DMM Trance harness

The latest deals from Outside are on DMM Trance harness - Save 24% and Scarpa Mojito GTX - Save 30%.

New Gear Autumn / Winter 2021

In our final roundup of new gear for Autumn/Winter 2021, we take a look at an eclectic mix of headtorches, footwear, packs,...

New Climbing Gear Autumn / Winter 2021

For the past couple of months, we've been finding out about all the shiny new gear that's hitting the shops...

New Footwear Spring / Summer '21

In the absence of any trade show this year, we've created our own. Normally, shows tend to focus on products...

Scarpa Manta Tech GTX

The Scarpa Manta has been an icon for over three decades. As a multi award winning model in various generations it has...

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