Born in the North East, Steve McClure is one of the UK's highest profiled and most influential rock climbers.
Steve’s reputation has been well earned over the last decade through his constant pushing of standards and ground-breaking ascents. He was the first Briton to onsight F8b and then F8b+, climb the first F9a (Northern Lights), F9a+ in 2007 (Overshadow) and has been British Indoor Champion four times. Steve has also onsighted more than 100 routes graded F8a or harder within 12 months; climbed over 500 sport routes at F8a and above, established a ground-up F8b+ deep water solo, climbed 8c+ very fast and climbed E11 trad in 2008 (Rhapsody). And 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. As he says, “With both parents keen climbers there was no escape. I was on the crag before I could walk!”