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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One Person Tents and Hooped Bivvys

From minimalist backpacking and mountaineering, to quick overnights in the hills closer to home, solo shelters save a lot of weight and bulk in your pack. With an emphasis on versatile three-season models, we look at a range of options for budg...


With uproar still shaking the forums at the phasing out of the cult classic Anasazis, all eyes were on Five Ten for the new NIAD range. We recently reviewed the NIAD VCS. Here Rebecca Ting offers a different take on the lower volume version. Does the NIAD VCS LV manage...

Marmot Ether Driclime 2.0 Jacket

This lined softshell is a versatile and lightweight do-it-all layer for walkers and climbers, reckons long-term Driclime fan Rob Greenwood, though the new version is a tad warmer than its predecessor. 


The Five Ten NIAD VCS is the latest evolution of the classic Anasazi. Famously a jack-of-all-trades, this comfortable, high performance shoe...

Five Ten Hiangle, Hiangle LV and Hiangle Pro

Rob Greenwood looks at the three recent models in Five Ten's Hiangle range - the Hiangle, Hiangle LV and...

Five Ten Crawe - a performance all-rounder

The Crawe manages to blend excellent technical performance on edges with good all-round use and comfort, reckons...

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...

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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 ...

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 about their products that are hitting the market now and they've shown us their best new jackets, crag and casual clothing, running wear and everything...

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 off...

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...

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...

Five Ten CRAWE

Designed in collaboration with Swiss bouldering legend Fred Nicole for technical bouldering or sport routes, these climbing shoes...

adidas Terrex FREE HIKER Parley

These lightweight hiking shoes deliver freedom of movement and long-distance comfort for all terrains. The sock-like adidas...

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