Steve McClure


United Kingdom
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Steve McClure is one of the best rock climbers in the world, having climbed the hardest sport route in the UK at 9b, numerous new routes at the grade of 9a and onsighted many at 8b+. Despite being better known for his sport climbing achievements, you might also find him wiggling in wires in Pembroke or sleeping in a portaledge on a 1000m wall in Greenland.

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News Second Ascent of Lexicon E11 7a by Steve McClure

Just two weeks after Neil Gresham claimed the first ascent of a long-term project on Pavey Ark (UKC News), Steve McCl...

News Steve McClure Repeats Gresham's Olympiad (E10 6c/8b DWS)

Steve McClure has made the second ascent of Neil Gresham's Olympiad at Skrinkle Haven, Pembroke. Neil climbed the route in 2012 as an 8b deep water solo, but Steve opted to place gear for a grade of E10 6c.

News Steve McClure Flashes Impact Day (E8 6c)

Continuing his excellent run of form, Steve McClure has flashed Impact Day (E8 6c) on Pavey Ark in the Lake District. For Steve, the E8 6c grade falls into the bracket of 'relatively safe but hard' and as such, had been a candidate in his mind for a...

The Ticklist #28 Tough Trad, Big Mountains and Hard Blocs

A round-up of hard trad, high altitude mountaineering and bouldering ticks from the past...

News First Ascent of Fixation 8c+ at Malham Cove by Steve McClure

Steve McClure has completed Neil Gresham's open project on Malham Cove's Upper Tier. The...

Video Reset Part 2 - Reopening the Walls with the ABC

By this time tomorrow, climbers in England will be back in indoor walls, albeit in very different circumstances...

News New FA by Steve McClure critiqued on TV's Gogglebox

Steve McClure recently bolted a striking line up the side of his house in Sheffield. His endeavour...

Article Steve McClure's Nightmayer

Newsflash Steve McClure onsights Nightmayer E8 6c

Video Steve McClure on GreatNess Wall (E10 7a)

News First ascent of GreatNess Wall (E10 7a) for Steve McClure

Newsflash Steve McClure climbs GreatNess Wall (E10 7a) at Nesscliffe

News New Malham 8c Extension by Steve McClure - Hugo Boss

Article Steve McClure - Trials & Tribulations on Tioman Island

Fri Night Vid Steve McClure and Neil Mawson in Verdon Gorge

News New Malham 8c by Steve McClure - The Reign is Over

Fri Night Vid Steve McClure climbs Rainman, 9b

Fri Night Vid Steve McClure's Triple Crown

Fri Night Vid Hard Rock - A Tribute to Ken Wilson

News Steve McClure completes Yorkshire 'Triple Crown' in a Day

Fri Night Vid Steve McClure - A Redpoint Sabotage

Newsflash Britain's First 9b by Steve McClure

News Steve McClure Onsights 8b+ in Chulilla

News Choronzon E10 (8b+) and Muy Caliente E9 Repeated by Steve McClure

Review Beyond Limits by Steve McClure

Interview Steve McClure on Strawberries Onsight

Newsflash First British Onsight of Strawberries for McClure

News McClure Nominated for Arco Rock Legends

News Steve McClure flashes Tom et Je Ris, 8b+, Verdon

Update Steve McClure Climbs Batman, 9a/+

Interview Steve McClure - Petzl RocTrip 2012

Video + Interview Steve McClure on Hubble 8c+

News Steve McClure Repeats The Quarryman (E8)

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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...

Montane X BMC Clothing line

Montane's X BMC range of climbing clothing balances casual comfort and technical cuts, making it equally suited to use at the wall...

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...

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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...

Support the BMC for £1 / month

The BMC has launched a brand-new digital-only membership for the U27s. This new membership not only supports the...

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...

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