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 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

Steve McClure has established a new 8c extension at Malham Cove, adding Hugo Boss as an extension of the 8b Victor Hugo.

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

Fri Night Vid Inis Mór: On the Edge

Our Friday Night Video this week takes us to Inis Mór, the biggest of Ireland's Aran Islands. Steve McClure teams up with Irish legend Ricky Bell for a mission to the wild island. The sheer cliffs are famous for their unrelenting sport routes, but can they...

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 has proved that Malham Cove is not yet 'climbed-out' by establishing a new 8c on the Upper Tier named The Reign is Over. The name alludes to the recent spell of good weather which enabled the first ascent, as well as to the...

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)

Despite damp conditions in North Wales, Steve McClure has managed to make the probable first 'all pitches in one day' ascent of The Quarryman (E8) in the Dinorwig slate quarries, Llanberis. The four pitch route was first climbed by Johnny Dawes and has...


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Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

For a dedicated sport climbing harness you will want something light, comfortable and fairly simple. In this group test the UKC team go through some of the best lightweight sport harnesses on offer.

They're a fantastic all-round technical tool  © UKC Gear
They're a fantastic all-round technical tool  © UKC Gear

Petzl NOMIC and ERGONOMIC

Martin McKenna makes the best of a lean season to trial Petzl's two new top-end technical ice tools.

ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown
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...

A wild night out in Storm Callum  © Dan Bailey
A wild night out in Storm Callum  © Dan Bailey

Petzl TIKKID Children's Headtorch

With its kid-friendly features, the TIKKID is ideal for younger users. Just don't expect to see far with it, says Dan Bailey

Women's all-round harnesses group test  © UKC Gear
Women's all-round harnesses group test  © UKC Gear

Women's All-Round Harnesses

Many climbers are all-rounders, so there's a need for harnesses that can do a bit of everything too. We look at nine...

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...


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Enhanced Protection  © Petzl

Petzl Helmets - Top and Side Protection

Petzl's latest helmets guarantee a certain level of protection throughout the entire helmet and not just the top. These helmets carry Petzl's proprietary label--TOP AND SIDE PROTECTION--for easy identification.

Guide Tennie action 2  © Five Ten
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.

Joe Swales testing the volume texture and wall friction at Rockcity Climbing in Hull  © Rockcity
Joe Swales testing the volume texture and wall friction at Rockcity Climbing in Hull  © Rockcity

Rockcity Pro Wall is now available in three finishes

With a new fine texture added to the range you can now choose between three different finishes for your climbing wall surface.

Steve McClure, Rockcity, Hull  © Lisa Grant
Steve McClure, Rockcity, Hull  © Lisa Grant

Rockcity Plywood Volumes

Rockcity has introduced a new line of plywood volumes to compliment their established climbing hold collection.

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...

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...

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...