Leah Crane


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I have been climbing for over twenty years ... I first 'touched rock' aged 3 and started to climb frequently from the age of 5. Dave Dicks was my first ever coach & I trained with him twice a week for around five years at the original Nottingham Wall. Dave taught me to climb, & how to master of my technique, honing immaculate footwork and understanding the subtleties of movement in order to move my body effectively. If it wasn’t for Dave and those early years, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Aged 10 I was taken under the wing of none other than Neil Gresham, international climbing legend and founder of the world famous Masterclass Coaching Academy. Neil was my mentor both in climbing and also in a professional capacity, opening my eyes to the wider climbing world. Without Dave & Neil, I would not be where I am today.

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Press Release 3 Cool Things About This Year's WCS

Every year we try to make WCS better and more creative, and also to be as inclusive as possible. Here are 3 things we are particularly proud of this year - we hope you can join us!Carbon offsetting, partnerships and co-ed after party

Holly Toothill - at 15, Holly was the youngest finalist  © Alex Messenger
Holly Toothill - at 15, Holly was the youngest finalist  © Alex Messenger

News British Bouldering Championships 2017 - Report

The 2017 British Bouldering Championships took place at Devonshire Green, Sheffield last weekend. A huge crowd gathered to watch the UK's top bouldering stars, as well as a healthy number of online viewers via the livestream. Leah Crane and Tyler...

Evie setting a tricky slab problem  © Paul Alexander
Evie setting a tricky slab problem  © Paul Alexander

Features Climbing the Ladder: Female Routesetters

Morna Middleton interviews some top female UK routesetters and gives an insight into the male-dominated world of the routesetting circuit. Recently, I have been fortunate to have had access to some of the best and most 'known' female routesetters in the UK...

Leah Crane Demo'ing one her own problems at our Marmot Master Friday Night Series Round 1
  © Kendal Wall
Leah Crane Demo'ing one her own problems at our Marmot Master Friday Night Series Round 1
  © Kendal Wall

News LIVE VIDEO Barrans and Crane in Euro Champs Semis TONIGHT

At 5pm tonight you can watch Leah Crane and Dave Barrans in the semi finals of the European Bouldering...

Leah Crane on Tourniquet 8A  © Liam Lonsdale Photography
Leah Crane on Tourniquet 8A  © Liam Lonsdale Photography

News Tourniquet 8A for Leah Crane

Leah Crane has completed her project Tourniquet 8A on the Giant Stone in Kentmere. The problem follows a steep line on the underside...

Matt Cousins competing in the 2nd round of Blokfest  © Liam Lonsdale
Matt Cousins competing in the 2nd round of Blokfest  © Liam Lonsdale

News Blokfest Round 2 Report

The second round of Blokfest was held at seaside resort and home to fish n chips Brighton. Our hosts at Boulder Brighton were awesome, the...

Jon Partridge competing at Blokfest  © Liam Lonsdale
Jon Partridge competing at Blokfest  © Liam Lonsdale

News Blokfest Round 1 Report

The 3rd season of Blokfest has kicked off in style at the Westway Climbing centre. Almost 400 competitors arrived to take part in one of the most...

Steve McClure tries the Meltdown   © UKC News
Steve McClure tries the Meltdown   © UKC News

News Marmot PROs Video #3 : Meltdown

Marmot Pro's  © Marmot
Marmot Pro's  © Marmot

News Marmot PROs Video #2 : Diamond in the Rough

Marmot athletes Steve McClure and Leah Crane  © UKC News
Marmot athletes Steve McClure and Leah Crane  © UKC News

News VIDEO - Marmot PROs Steve McClure and Leah Crane

Leah Crane joins Marmot  © Leah Crane
Leah Crane joins Marmot  © Leah Crane

Interview Leah Crane - Back on the Podium?

Leah Crane winning the Battle of Britain 2013  © The Depot
Leah Crane winning the Battle of Britain 2013  © The Depot

News Battle Of Britian Comp Report 2013

Leah Crane's hand picked St Bees  © Marmot
Leah Crane's hand picked St Bees  © Marmot

Video Leah Crane's 'Hand Picked' St Bees Boulders

Leah Crane climbing Zentrale Traverse, Sustenpass Boulders  © Simon Wadsworth
Leah Crane climbing Zentrale Traverse, Sustenpass Boulders  © Simon Wadsworth

News Leah Crane - Hard Boulder in Sustenpass, Switzerland

British Bouldering Championships - Junior Qualifying  © Cliffhanger
British Bouldering Championships - Junior Qualifying  © Cliffhanger

News British Bouldering Championships - Results

Leah Crane in Spain - 2010  © Leah Crane Collection
Leah Crane in Spain - 2010  © Leah Crane Collection

Interview F8a+ for Leah Crane

Leah Crane on an 8a in Spain  © Simon Wadsworth
Leah Crane on an 8a in Spain  © Simon Wadsworth

News 3 x F8a's in Spain For Leah Crane

Leah on her new line Fuerte a Muerte 8a/V11  © Simon Wadsworth
Leah on her new line Fuerte a Muerte 8a/V11  © Simon Wadsworth

Video New Font 8A in Albarracin for Leah Crane

Gaz F8a 320  © Gaz Parry
Gaz F8a 320  © Gaz Parry

Video Brits in Spain - Sport Climbing Report

Leah Crane  © Leah Crane
Leah Crane  © Leah Crane

Features End of Year: Female Achievements 2008

Leah Crane on Bus Stop V9 - Llanberis Pass  © Leah Crane
Leah Crane on Bus Stop V9 - Llanberis Pass  © Leah Crane

News Leah Crane - Bus Stop V9

Leah Crane on Carnage, Fontainebleau  © Ben Pritchard
Leah Crane on Carnage, Fontainebleau  © Ben Pritchard

News Leah Crane - Font 7c in Font

Leah Crane on The Bach Block 7c  © Leo
Leah Crane on The Bach Block 7c  © Leo

News Leah Crane climbs another Font 7c


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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 caught our attention in particular...

Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear
Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Down Jackets

Whether you're climbing, camping or walking - or even just out in town - a light and packable down jacket is a versatile layer year-round. We compare 10 options.

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 shoes with a good edge. How did they all do?

The Quantum VCS in action on Black Rhino  © Rob Greenwood
The Quantum VCS in action on Black Rhino  © Rob Greenwood

Five Ten Quantum VCS

This stiff down-turned velcro shoe gives a lot of power in the toe and heel whilst maintaining good levels of support. It is surprisingly...

tents test montage  © UKC Gear
tents test montage  © UKC Gear

2-Person 3-Season Tents

The balance of space, weather performance and packability makes this a versatile size of tent. We've been using seven different...

Guide Tennie montage  © Dan Bailey
Guide Tennie montage  © Dan Bailey

Five Ten Guide Tennie

The latest version of this popular approach shoe climbs like a dream, says Martin McKenna, and it rocks on long scrambles too. But keep it...

softshell montage test  © martin
softshell montage test  © martin

Summer Softshells

Lightweight softshell jackets are a summer staple for both walkers and climbers. We compare 11 models here.


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Guide Tennie action 2  © Five Ten

Five Ten Guide Tennies

The new Guide Tennie offers a refined classic fit and the unparalleled sticky rubber, it blends comfort and climbability to every approach.

Asym - Men's   © Five Ten
Asym - Men's   © Five Ten

Five Ten Asym VCS (Men's and Women's)

For beginners seeking performance and advanced climbers looking for comfort, these shoes offer versatility for sport routes and trad climbs alike. The Asym is built with an asymmetrical hook-and-loop closure that helps dial in a secure fit and an...

ISPO 2019 Clothing  © UKC
ISPO 2019 Clothing  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Clothing Roundup

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 rather...

Five Tennie  © Five Ten
Five Tennie  © Five Ten

Five Ten Five Tennie

1985 Five Ten released the first approach shoe, the Five Tennie. Designed to be a tennis shoe that could climb 5.10 this award winning...

OutDoor 2018 - Camping Equipment  © UKC
OutDoor 2018 - Camping Equipment  © UKC

OutDoor 2018 - Camping Gear

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

OutDoor 2018 - Clothing  © UKC
OutDoor 2018 - Clothing  © UKC

OutDoor 2018 - Clothing

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

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,...