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31 May, 2022


Get into climbing with Steve McClure

Have you been inspired by lots of the blockbuster style movies from the Dawn Wall to Touching the Void or even 14 Peaks on Netflix about climbing? Listen to climbing legend Steve McClure in the latest episode of the Outside & Active podcast

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Get into climbing 

Have you been inspired by lots of the blockbuster style movies from the Dawn Wall to Touching the Void or even 14 Peaks on Netflix about climbing?

There's no doubt that climbing is a growing sport. Just a few decades ago, it was primarily the domain of mountaineers and hardcore adventurers. But today, climbing gyms can be found in cities across the globe, and the sport has been featured prominently in films and TV shows. So what is it about climbing that has made it so popular?

For starters, climbing is a great workout. It requires both strength and stamina, and can be an excellent way to get your heart rate up. In addition, climbing is a great way to clear your mind and relieve stress. When you're concentrating on making your next move, it's impossible to think about anything else. And finally, climbing is just plain fun. There's nothing quite like the feeling of reaching the top of a difficult route. Whether you're an experienced climber or just starting out, there's a lot to enjoy about this unique sport.

Steve McClure Podcast

On this week’s episode of the Outside & Active podcast we talk to climbing legend Steve McClure.

We start off talking about the way we travel, thinking about the footprint we leave behind on the environment especially in pursuit of time outdoors.

The “big trip abroad” was the main event. It was the big-ticket adventure ticket but the last few years have taught us that we can adventure so much closer to home and we talk about that with Steve in the latest episode of the Outside & Active podcast.

The UK is an inspiring place for adventure so if you need that “hit” there’s lots to explore.

Bringing climbing into the mix, we talk to Steve about:

  • How he started with rock climbing
  • How to get into climbing and bouldering
  • Being safe when climbing
  • How to get stronger for climbing and bouldering
  • How to identify where you could improve with your climbing
  • Introducing kids to climbing
  • Been climbing for a few years? Hear Steve’s top tips.

We also find out when Steve felt most alive out climbing!

Not sure where to start with climbing? 

You can read some of our top tips with Steve for getting into climbing here 

Or, if you want to get into bouldering, here's some beginner friendly tips to get you started. Click here

If you’re interested in trying climbing or bouldering for the first time, check out the British Mountaineering Council website

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Find out more about Climbing Legend Steve McClure

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+. However, despite being better known for his sport climbing achievements, you might also find him off on an adventure traditional climbing in Pembroke, multi-pitching in Morocco, or sleeping on a portaledge on a 1000m wall in Greenland. Having climbed for over 45 years, Steve has seen the sport change and grow, but also kept up with the pace, and now, even at 50, he remains one of the UK’s top performers.

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