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 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 first ascent of its kind on this route and a bold one at that... The first moves are OK, but then it all gets ...

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 Pass. The route features sustained technical climbing, long run-outs, some iffy gear and a tricky high crux. It was made famous by a...

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 to take pictures but thought a fall from the last move would look far better. Fortunately for Steve, he climbed the route...

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 has made the first ascent of the now infamous headwall project at Nesscliffe naming it...

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...

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...

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

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 alternatives across the price spectrum.

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 the updated QUARK on hold. So here it is...

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...?

20L packs montage  © UKC Gear
20L packs montage  © UKC Gear

Day Packs Around 20 Litres

We check out 11 smaller rucksacks for lightweight days.

The Volta is a good durable triple-rated rope for UK trad  © Tom Ripley
The Volta is a good durable triple-rated rope for UK trad  © Tom Ripley

Petzl VOLTA 9.2mm & VOLTA GUIDE 9mm Triple Rated Ropes

From Red Rocks to the Alps, UK trad to Scottish winter, Tom Ripley conducts a long-term test on these...

Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear
Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear

Approach Shoes

Whether you're approaching a mountain crag or out on a scramble or via ferrata, an approach shoe will be lighter and more nimble than a boot,...

Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear
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...


Latest News from Steve's Sponsors

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Rockcity Climbing Holds are going to Tokyo 2020

The Catalogue T20 contains every hold, macro and volume that will be used next year in Tokyo. Rockcity Climbing Holds has made this exclusive list alongside the worlds leading producers.

En:Spire  © En:Spire
En:Spire  © En:Spire

En:Spire: Raising Awareness of Relative Energy Deficiency in Climbing

Following on from the thought provoking article, 'Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport - A Cautionary Tale', Mina Leslie-Wujastyk has teamed up with the BMC and Awesome Walls Sheffield to organise an event which...

Kilterboard Arrives in the UK

Kilter Grips have revolutionised the climbing training board with a new take on an old idea bringing new LED's that light up the hold, ergonomic holds that are kind to your fingers and an adjustable frame provided by partner Rockcity here in the UK.

The New Petzl SWIFT RL Headlamp

With 900 lumens of lighting power at only 100 grams, the SWIFT RL is Petzl's brightest compact headlamp. Designed with a...

OutDoor 2019 - Final Roundup  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Final Roundup  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - Final New Product Roundup

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat...

OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Clothing and Packs

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the...

OutDoor 2019 - Climbing Gear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Climbing Gear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Gear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the...