Steve McClure

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Steve McClure
Personal information
Nationality British
Born (1970-07-25) July 25, 1970 (age 46)
Retired from competitions 2004
Climbing career
Type of climber Sport climbing
Highest grade
Updated on 13 May 2013.

Steve McClure (born July 25, 1970) is a British rock climber. He is famous for his hard sport climbing routes in England. In 2007 he made the free ascent of Overshadow, the first 9a+ (5.15a) route in the UK.[1]


McClure started climbing when he was a child with his parents. Initially he practiced trad climbing and started sport climbing only when he was 24.[2] In 1998 he made the first ascent of Mutation, at Raven Tor, his first 9a and second 9a of UK in history.[3]

In 2000 he made the first ascent of another 9a, Northern Lights, in Kilnsey. The route was an old project of Ben Moon.[3] In 2003 he realized his third 9a, with the first ascent of Rainshadow, in Malham Cove.[4]

From 2000 to 2004 he competed in some stages of the Lead Climbing World Cup and in European Championships.

On May 23, 2007 he made the first ascent of his hardest route, Overshadow in Malham Cove. This route is an extension to the 8a+ Overnite Sensation and at 2013 it represents the UK's hardest sport route. The free ascent took McClure about 30 days of work in three years.[1] On May 16, 2011 Adam Ondra made the first and only repetition, and confirmed the grade as a hard 9a+.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b Mick Ryan (May 2007). "Steve McClure Succeeds at Malham. UK's Hardest Sport Route!". Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Jack Geldard (July 2012). "Video + interview: Steve McClure on Hubble 8c+". Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Steve McClure climbs 9a in England". 25 July 2000. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Tim Glasby. "McClure storms Rainshadow". Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Björn Pohl (May 2011). "Ondra gets Overshadow". Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Adam Ondra Completes Second Ascent of Overshadow (5.15a)". 17 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 

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