Leah Crane



United Kingdom
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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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

News Marmot PROs Video #3 : Meltdown

News Marmot PROs Video #2 : Diamond in the Rough

News VIDEO - Marmot PROs Steve McClure and Leah Crane

Interview Leah Crane - Back on the Podium?

News Battle Of Britian Comp Report 2013

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

News Leah Crane - Hard Boulder in Sustenpass, Switzerland

News British Bouldering Championships - Results

News 3 x F8a's in Spain For Leah Crane

Video New Font 8A in Albarracin for Leah Crane

Video Brits in Spain - Sport Climbing Report

Features End of Year: Female Achievements 2008

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Windproofs and ultralight softshells

When you want some protection from the elements, but a full shell would be overkill, a thin windproof is the obvious choice. Not just for runners, these versatile lightweights are equally handy for climbers and hillwalkers; in fact we can't thi...

Five Ten NIAD Moccasym

With the new NIAD Moccasym, Five Ten have done away with the things that made the original so popular, laments Rob Greenwood. 

Mountain Shells Around £200

Can you pick up a decent shell for only around £200? We think so! While top-end technical waterproof jackets cost big money, less specialist alternatives are available for lots less. In terms of quality and functionality, our benchmark budget is a bit of a...

Five Ten NIAD Lace - an Updated Classic

The Five Ten Anasazi Pink needs little introduction. This flat, stiff, lace-up shoe has been a mainstay in many...

Marmot Mitre Peak - lightweight technical shell

A Gore-Tex Active shell with a climbing-oriented cut and feature set, the Mitre Peak is a...

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...

One Person Tents and Hooped Bivvys

From minimalist backpacking and mountaineering, to quick overnights in the hills closer to home, solo shelters save a...

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Marmot Gas Bag Collection

In our quest for continuous innovation in the outdoor industry as well as our long-standing commitment to sustainability, Marmot presents a groundbreaking alternative for water resistant down treatments in our revamped 800FP Gas Bag series. Int...

New Clothing Autumn / Winter 2021

We have spent the last couple of months catching up with brands up and down the country and checking out their quality new clobber. Below is a roundup of the most eye-catching new clothing.


Climb after climb, the adidas Five Ten NIAD VCS Climbing Shoes deliver all-around performance. Versatile Stealth® C4™ rubber edges, grips and smears across all surfaces, indoors and out. Extended toe rubber maximises contact area for increased friction. The form-fit...

New Clothing Spring / Summer '21

Next up in our Spotlight Trade Show is the clothing category. Once again, we've asked brands to tell us...

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...

Five Ten Hiangle Pro

Made for the demands of modern bouldering competitions, these climbing shoes are built on the same last and with the same materials as...

The New Five Ten Hiangle - an update of a classic

Built on the same last as the previous Hiangle, these shoes are built for high-precision footwork...

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