James Squire


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James Squire is a top British boulderer, mainly operating in the south of England. He has established many grade 8 boulder problems. His crowning achievement so far is the first ascent of The World is Yours (8C)  at Biblins Cave.

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The Winner Takes It All (8B) at Saddle Tor  © Keiha Dhruev

News New Dartmoor Boulder Problems for James Squire

James Squire has added two hard boulder problems on Saddle Tor, Dartmoor. The first problem, Take a Chance on Me (8A), is an obvious line that has been 'hiding in plain sight' according to James. The Winner Takes It All' (8B) climbs directly up th...

The problem extends Johnny Kydd\'s WADzilla (8B)  © James Squire
The problem extends Johnny Kydd\'s WADzilla (8B)  © James Squire

News New Font 8C at Biblins Cave from James Squire

21-year-old James Squire has climbed a new problem at Biblins Cave and proposed a grade of Font 8C. James has been climbing at a high level for several years now, ticking his first Font 8A when he was 15 and has recently climbed The Never Ending...

James Squire - The Never Ending Story  © James Squire
James Squire - The Never Ending Story  © James Squire

News The Never Ending Story 8B+ for James Squire

James Squire has climbed The Never Ending Story (8B+), his first of the grade. The problem is perched on the edge of the river at Magic Wood and was first climbed by Chris Sharma in 2003. It is a power endurance test piece and links an 8A+ boulder...

James Squire on Electro Boogie 8A+  © James Squire
James Squire on Electro Boogie 8A+  © James Squire

News James Squire on Form in Magic Wood

19 year-old James Squire has just returned from a successful two-week trip to Magic Wood in Switzerland, climbing ten problems...

James Squire on Catching the Wave V11  © James Squire
James Squire on Catching the Wave V11  © James Squire

News V11/12 Dartmoor First Ascents for James Squire

This autumn James Squire claimed the first ascent of two new problems on The Wave boulder at Bonehill Rocks on...

James Squire attempting Snatch, 8A, last year before his successful ascent this year.  © Squire Coll.
James Squire attempting Snatch, 8A, last year before his successful ascent this year.  © Squire Coll.

News Quick Grit 8As for 17 year old James Squire

Bristol-based 17 year-old James Squire recently had a very successful trip to the Peak District, climbing two...

Ellis Butler Barker on the thin crimps of Guy Fawkes, Font 8A  © Tommy Harris
Ellis Butler Barker on the thin crimps of Guy Fawkes, Font 8A  © Tommy Harris

News Font 8A at The Cuttings for Young Pair

James Squire climbing 'Boy Racer' at Dinas Rock (Main Crag).  © Beastly Squirrel
James Squire climbing 'Boy Racer' at Dinas Rock (Main Crag).  © Beastly Squirrel

News First Font 8A for 15 Year-old James Squire


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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 the UKC team go through some of the best lightweight sport harnesses on offer.

Trango portrait  © Toby Archer
Trango portrait  © Toby Archer

La Sportiva Trango Tower Extreme GTX

With a lightweight upper and an excellent balance of support and nimble-footedness, the Trango Tower Extreme GTX are superb technical mountain boots, says Toby Archer. So it's a shame the soles seem to wear so quickly.

They're a fantastic all-round technical tool  © UKC Gear
They're a fantastic all-round technical tool  © UKC Gear

Petzl NOMIC and ERGONOMIC

Martin McKenna makes the best of a lean season to trial Petzl's two new top-end technical ice tools.

Double thumbs up for the Skwamas...and knee bar rests...  © UKC Gear
Double thumbs up for the Skwamas...and knee bar rests...  © UKC Gear

La Sportiva Women's Otaki & Skwama

In 2018 La Sportiva greatly increased their range of women's climbing shoes. From this extended range, the Skwama and Otaki...

mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear
mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear

All Round B1-B2 Mountain Boots

Mountaineering involves all sorts of terrain, so a general mountain boot has to be an all-rounder. We look at eight models that...

ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown
ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown

ISPO 2019 - Best in Show

The annual ISPO outdoor trade show has just wrapped up for 2019. Among the many new products shown to us by attending brands, a number...

A wild night out in Storm Callum  © Dan Bailey
A wild night out in Storm Callum  © Dan Bailey

Petzl TIKKID Children's Headtorch

With its kid-friendly features, the TIKKID is ideal for younger users. Just don't expect to see far with it, says Dan Bailey


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Enhanced Protection  © Petzl

Petzl Helmets - Top and Side Protection

Petzl's latest helmets guarantee a certain level of protection throughout the entire helmet and not just the top. These helmets carry Petzl's proprietary label--TOP AND SIDE PROTECTION--for easy identification.

La Sportiva Bushido II

The Bushido II is a super light, extra grippy and aggressive shoe designed to ensure perfect stability and support on all types of off-road terrain from canal foot paths to the trail of the Lake District.

ispo 2019 Footwear and Packs  © UKC
ispo 2019 Footwear and Packs  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Footwear and Packs

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of gigantic roofs) in Munich, has just wrapped up for 2019. Heavy snowfall gave this year's event a suitably wintry feel, and if we'd really...

ispo 2019 Climbing Hardware  © UKC
ispo 2019 Climbing Hardware  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Climbing Hardware Roundup

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of...

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,...

OutDoor 2018 - Climbing Equipment  © Nick Brown - UKC
OutDoor 2018 - Climbing Equipment  © Nick Brown - UKC

OutDoor 2018 - Climbing Equipment Roundup

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

ISPO Final Report  © UKC
ISPO Final Report  © UKC

ISPO 2018 - Final Report

The UKC team recently returned from the annual gear-fest in Munich: ISPO 2018. Here are some video interviews with brand...