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)

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Scarpa Instinct S

Combining performance, sensitivity, and comfort, the Instinct S is surprisingly versatile. If you've had doubts about slippers in the past, then they might well turn your head, says Rob Greenwood.

Scarpa Rush Mid Kid GTX Boots

Combining the lightness and cushioning of a trail shoe with the support of a boot, the Rush Mid Kids GTX seems a bit of a winner for younger walkers, says Dan Bailey, and would be a particularly good choice for spring and summer.  

Scarpa Mago

The Scarpa Mago is an updated version of an old classic. The old Mago was known for its toe power and, whilst it was amazing on small footholds, it was a bit of a one-trick pony. The new Mago retains that power whilst having an updated construction and shape, new materials and...

Scarpa Spin Infinity

The Spin Infinity is very much Scarpa's offering to the ultra running community, with a chunky stack height and a dual-density midsole...

Scarpa Ribelle Run

Incredibly well made, and capable of taking on a wide variety of terrain and a range of distances, these are superb all-round running shoes,...

Scarpa Gecko Approach Shoe

Those looking for top easy climbing and scrambling performance will find it in the new Scarpa Gecko, says Alan James. 

Men's Climbing Trousers

Climbing trousers - everyone wears them, but they're often a bit of an after-thought: do you turn up to the crag or the wall in...

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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, and sleeping mats:

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 this Autumn/Winter. We've taken a look at everything from the latest harnesses and helmets, to new rock shoes and cool cams. Take a peak:

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 hitting the market in 6 months to a year, but we've asked brands to talk about the new kit available now. In this first round up, we're showing...

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...

Scarpa Booster

The Booster is - in the words of Scarpa Designer Nathan Hoette - "all about the precision". It took 87 prototypes to get...

ISPO 2020 - New Climbing Gear

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than...

Scarpa Booster

The Booster is the newest climbing shoe to be introduced to the Scarpa Spring Summer 2020 climbing range. It follows on from the old classic...

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