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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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 Gresham's

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 comprehend what it must have been like for Rob Matheson when he decided to attempt the imposing groove-line of Paladin at White Ghyll in the...

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.

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

In this series of articles, Tom Ripley interviews some well-known climbing partnerships to dig up their dirty...

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...

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

Comfy All-Day Rock Shoes

For beginners taking their first steps on the rock, or more experienced climbers looking for a foot-friendly rock shoe for long routes and lower-grade days, a flatter and more neutral model may be preferable to the toe-cramping asymmetry of a d...

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...?

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?

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...

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

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

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...

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,...

Latest News from Craig's Sponsors

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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 u...

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 opportunity to...

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...

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...

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 Rope Range

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

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...

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