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Steve McClure


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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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Steve McClure making the first ascent of Fixation 8c+.  © Neil Gresham

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 line, which Steve has named Fixation, is an 8c+ extension of the classic 7c+ L'Obsession.

Reset Part 2  © UKC
Reset Part 2  © UKC

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 to when they left. In this film below, we look at how the Association of British Climbing Walls were able to provide advice,...

Steve McClure appeared on both ITV news and Gogglebox last week.  © Channel 4
Steve McClure appeared on both ITV news and Gogglebox last week.  © Channel 4

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 attracted the attention of ITV News, who reported the ascent to the nation as part of a segment on athletes training at home. A few days...

Steve leaves his 'nest' of gear to tackle the final headwall.  © Keith Sharples
Steve leaves his 'nest' of gear to tackle the final headwall.  © Keith Sharples

Article Steve McClure's Nightmayer

Steve McClure writes about his recent onsight of Steve Mayer's Nightmayer E8 6c on Dinas Cromlech in the Llanberis Pass - the...

Steve McClure nears the finish of Nightmayer E8 6c during his onsight ascent.  © Misha Nepogodiev
Steve McClure nears the finish of Nightmayer E8 6c during his onsight ascent.  © Misha Nepogodiev

Newsflash Steve McClure onsights Nightmayer E8 6c

Steve McClure has made the first onsight ascent of Steve Mayer's Nightmayer E8 6c on Dinas Cromlech in the Llanberis...

The initial pocketed wall before the break  © Keith Sharples
The initial pocketed wall before the break  © Keith Sharples

Video Steve McClure on GreatNess Wall (E10 7a)

Below we have the film of Steve McClure climbing GreatNess Wall (E10 7a) which was filmed by Keith Sharples. He was going...

Steve just above the gear at 12m  © Keith Sharples
Steve just above the gear at 12m  © Keith Sharples

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

Yesterday we reported that Steve McClure had made the first ascent of the headwall project at Nesscliffe....

Steve McClure on GreatNess Wall (E10 7a)  © Keith Sharples
Steve McClure on GreatNess Wall (E10 7a)  © Keith Sharples

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

Steve McClure on Hugo Boss 8c.  © Big Al Wilson
Steve McClure on Hugo Boss 8c.  © Big Al Wilson

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

Inis Mór: on the edge  © BMC TV
Inis Mór: on the edge  © BMC TV

Fri Night Vid Inis Mór: On the Edge

Steve McClure on his rope-solo (mis)adventure.  © Steve McClure
Steve McClure on his rope-solo (mis)adventure.  © Steve McClure

Article Steve McClure - Trials & Tribulations on Tioman Island

Neil Mawson Verdon  © BMC TV
Neil Mawson Verdon  © BMC TV

Fri Night Vid Steve McClure and Neil Mawson in Verdon Gorge

Steve McClure on The Reign is Over 8c.  © Keith Sharples
Steve McClure on The Reign is Over 8c.  © Keith Sharples

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

Steve McClure Rainman  © BMC TV
Steve McClure Rainman  © BMC TV

Fri Night Vid Steve McClure climbs Rainman, 9b

Steve McClure - Yorkshire Triple Crown  © BMC
Steve McClure - Yorkshire Triple Crown  © BMC

Fri Night Vid Steve McClure's Triple Crown

Hard Rock  © BMC/Hot Aches
Hard Rock  © BMC/Hot Aches

Fri Night Vid Hard Rock - A Tribute to Ken Wilson

Steve resting between Triple Crown attempts  © Euan Ryan/Finalcrux Films
Steve resting between Triple Crown attempts  © Euan Ryan/Finalcrux Films

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

Steve McClure - Batman  © Hot Aches
Steve McClure - Batman  © Hot Aches

Fri Night Vid Steve McClure - A Redpoint Sabotage

Steve McClure on Batman 9a/+  © Tim Glasby
Steve McClure on Batman 9a/+  © Tim Glasby

Interview Steve McClure on Rainman 9b

Steve McClure passes the crux on the successful redpoint attempt  © Ian Dunn
Steve McClure passes the crux on the successful redpoint attempt  © Ian Dunn

Newsflash Britain's First 9b by Steve McClure

Steve McClure enjoying some Spanish sport routes  © Steve McClure
Steve McClure enjoying some Spanish sport routes  © Steve McClure

News Steve McClure Onsights 8b+ in Chulilla

Steve Mcclure repeating Choronzon E10 8b+  © Ben Pritchard
Steve Mcclure repeating Choronzon E10 8b+  © Ben Pritchard

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

Beyond Limits Review  © UKC Gear
Beyond Limits Review  © UKC Gear

Review Beyond Limits by Steve McClure

Steve McClure sorting the fiddly lower runners on his re-enactment of his onsight of Strawberries, E7 6b, Tremadog  © Liam Lonsdale
Steve McClure sorting the fiddly lower runners on his re-enactment of his onsight of Strawberries, E7 6b, Tremadog  © Liam Lonsdale

Interview Steve McClure on Strawberries Onsight

Steve McClure's Hand Picked Malham  © Marmot
Steve McClure's Hand Picked Malham  © Marmot

Newsflash First British Onsight of Strawberries for McClure

Steve McClure showing the strain of flashing a big endurance pitch with a storm approaching!  © Tim Glasby
Steve McClure showing the strain of flashing a big endurance pitch with a storm approaching!  © Tim Glasby

Interview Steve McClure's 2013

Steve McClure showing the strain of flashing a big endurance pitch with a storm approaching!  © Tim Glasby
Steve McClure showing the strain of flashing a big endurance pitch with a storm approaching!  © Tim Glasby

News McClure Nominated for Arco Rock Legends

Steve McClure showing the strain of flashing a big endurance pitch with a storm approaching!  © Tim Glasby
Steve McClure showing the strain of flashing a big endurance pitch with a storm approaching!  © Tim Glasby

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

Steve McClure on new route at Malham  © Tim Glasby
Steve McClure on new route at Malham  © Tim Glasby

Update Steve McClure Climbs Batman, 9a/+

Petzl RocTrip 2012 Montage Image  © Petzl
Petzl RocTrip 2012 Montage Image  © Petzl

Interview Steve McClure - Petzl RocTrip 2012

Steve McClure onsighting ‘Treblinca’, an awesome 8b on crimps at Banyang’s Cave, Getu, China  © John Evans
Steve McClure onsighting ‘Treblinca’, an awesome 8b on crimps at Banyang’s Cave, Getu, China  © John Evans

Interview Steve McClure - 2012

Steve McClure on Hubble - F8c+ - Raven Tor  © Tim Glasby
Steve McClure on Hubble - F8c+ - Raven Tor  © Tim Glasby

Video + Interview Steve McClure on Hubble 8c+

Steve McClure in the desperate slate chimney groove of The Quarryman  © Tim Glasby
Steve McClure in the desperate slate chimney groove of The Quarryman  © Tim Glasby

News Steve McClure Repeats The Quarryman (E8)


Latest Reviews for Steve's Sponsors

Reviews from the UKC editorial team

SWIFT by name, not necessarily by pace, as the author slowly plods his way up Win Hill  © UKC Gear

Petzl SWIFT RL - One Headtorch to Rule Them All?

The SWIFT RL offers an amazingly heavyweight power output in a light and compact package, says Rob Greenwood, while its Reactive Lighting helps preserve battery life. Is this all the headtorch you need?

The Keele Peak's breathability continues to function impressively well during warmer, more humid conditions  © UKC Gear
The Keele Peak's breathability continues to function impressively well during warmer, more humid conditions  © UKC Gear

Marmot Keele Peak Jacket, feat. Pertex Shield Pro

Featuring Pertex Shield Pro fabric, which is soft, stretchy and highly breathable, the Keele Peak is a fully-featured jacket that manages to achieve a lot for its weight, says Rob Greenwood.

Large Pads are ideal for higher problems, or those that have an awkward landing  © Mike Hutton
Large Pads are ideal for higher problems, or those that have an awkward landing  © Mike Hutton

Large Bouldering Mats

Biggest isn't always best, but in bouldering it certainly has its place. Larger pads are ideal for higher problems, awkward landings, or anyone with lower limb niggles - but on the other hand they're less ideal when it comes to storing or carrying them. Here we...

Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear
Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear

Bombproof Winter Mountain Shells

What's the ideal shell for Scottish winter climbing and gnarly hill walks? A beefy and protective one! Here we review tough...

2am on the Cuillin Ridge  © Dan Bailey
2am on the Cuillin Ridge  © Dan Bailey

Compact Headtorches

Modern front-mounted headtorches are neat and lightweight, yet pack enough power for most needs. Here we look in depth at five...

QUARK montage  © Tom Ripley
QUARK montage  © Tom Ripley

Petzl QUARK

Last winter Petzl brought out a revamped range of technical axes. We covered the NOMIC and ERGONOMIC back in March, but a broken leg put our review of...

LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear
LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes - Women's/LV Fit

In this group test we compare nine pairs of performance shoes with a women's / low volume fit. How did they all do...?


Latest News from Steve's Sponsors

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U27 Membership  © BMC

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 great work of the BMC, but it's also packed full of personal benefits. 

Hiangle  © Five Ten
Hiangle  © Five Ten

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 and feature an unlined microfiber build for unmatched shape retention, easy break-in and comfort.

CRAWE Profile  © Five Ten
CRAWE Profile  © Five Ten

Five Ten CRAWE

Designed in collaboration with Swiss bouldering legend Fred Nicole for technical bouldering or sport routes, these climbing shoes feature a next-generation design

Free Hiker Product 1  © adidas Terrex
Free Hiker Product 1  © adidas Terrex

adidas Terrex FREE HIKER Parley

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

The Big Bang Tour  © BMC TV
The Big Bang Tour  © BMC TV

Emma Twyford and The Big Bang: on tour

Watch the award-winning Big Bang film in cinemas and Patagonia stores this March. Join top climber Emma Twyford,...

ISPO 2020 FINAL ROUNDUP  © UKC
ISPO 2020 FINAL ROUNDUP  © UKC

ISPO 2020 - Final Report

We spent the start of the month catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than...

ISPO 2020 Clothing  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Clothing  © UKC

ISPO 2020 - New Clothing

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than...


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