At the forefront of british sport climbing. Put up the UKs first 9a+, Mutation and first 9b, Rainman as well as a raft of routes from 8c+ upwards. Also a dab hand on trad with several very hard ascents to his name and some very impressive onsight ascents.
The first time I came to Malham it looked like the easiest crag in the world...
51 recorded ascents.
|Rainman||9b (Lead)||✓||04 Jun 2017|
Known as 'The Easy Easy' project before it was done. 127 sessions spanning 10 seasons.
Steve's diary of his attempts on the route is available here http://www.steve-mcclure.com/articles/131-rainman-saga.
16/5/2013 - session 40, on a training link of Bat Route in to the top of Rainman.
20/4/2014 - Session 53
5/6/2015 - Session 74
15/6/2015 - Session 76
29/9/2015 - Session 79
5/10/2015 - Session 80
19/4/2016 - Session 91
23/5/2016 - Session 99
7/11/2016 - Session 108
28/4/2017 - Session 117
12/5/2017 - Session 121
21/5/2017 - Session 124
4/6/2017 - Session 127
|Mutation||9a+ (Lead)||✓||14 Oct 1998|
A hugely impressive ascent. Steve suggested 9a but it is now considered 9a+ which makes it the first of the grade in the UK and the first of the brade by a British person.
It took Steve 24 sessions over 4 years to make the first ascent.
Steve's diary 
Below are some extracts from Steve's diary while he was attempting the route.
7th October 1998, day 22:
10th October 1998, day 23:
 Extracts from Steve's diary in the days leading up to making the first ascent http://steve-mcclure.com/articles/155-mutation-a-bunch-of-happy-days-at-the-tor
|Overshadow||9a+ (Lead)||✓||23 May 2007|
|Northern Lights||9a (Lead)||✓||18 Jul 2000|
Steve cemented himself as the top sport climber in the UK, taking over from Moon and Moffatt and leading sport climbing in the UK in to a new era.
Notably, Steve used a different sequence from what Ben Moon was trying with the original line. Steve's sequence loops out slightly where Ben was trying to go very direct.
|Rainshadow||9a (Lead)||✓||20 Jun 2003|
Extension to Raindogs. Breakdown is 8a in to 8A in to 8a+.
|North Star||9a (Lead)||✓||15 May 2008|
|Stevolution||9a (Lead)||✓||01 Jan 2009 (approx)|
|Batman||9a (Lead)||✓||22 May 2013|
|Hubble||9a (Lead)||30 Jul 2009|
|Kaa'bah||8c+ (Lead)||✓||01 Jan 2004 (approx)|
|Cruz Diablo||8c+ (Lead)||✓||05 Nov 2010|
|Fixation||8c+ (Lead)||✓||01 Sep 2020 (approx)|
|Magnetic North||8c+ (Lead)||✓|
|Bat Shadow||8c+ (Lead)||✓|
|The Bastard||8c+ (Lead)|
|Mecca Extension||8c (Lead)||✓||01 Jan 1998 (approx)|
|Dreadnaught||8c (Lead)||✓||01 Jan 1999 (approx)|
|Hajj||8c (Lead)||✓||01 Jan 2004 (approx)|
|The Reign is Over||8c (Lead)||✓||01 Apr 2018 (approx)|
|Transform||8c (Lead)||01 Jan 2000 (approx)|
Steve and Malcolm Smith worked the route together then Steve made the second ascent a few days after Malc made the FA.
|The Great Escape||8b+ (Lead)||✓||01 Jan 2010 (approx)|
|The Very Big and the Very Small||8b+ (Lead)||01 Jan 1998 (approx)|
|Indian Summer||8b+ (Lead Onsight)||01 Aug 2002|
First 8b+ onsight by a brit?
|Kalea Borroka||8b+ (Lead Onsight)||20 May 2009|
|Tom et je Ris||8b+ (Lead Onsight)||12 Jul 2013|
|Taka Okame||8b+ (Lead)||01 Jan 2016 (approx)|
|Dr Crimp||8b+ (Lead Onsight)|
|Monsterosity||8b (Lead)||✓||01 Jan 1999 (approx)|
|Victor Hugo||8b (Lead Onsight)|
|Idefix||8b (Lead Onsight)|
|Kali Yuga||8b (Lead Onsight)|
|Austrian Oak||8b (Lead Flash)|
|Rhapsody||E11 (Lead)||15 Jun 2008|
|Lexicon||E11 (Lead)||21 Sep 2021|
Before the successful ascent Steve took a huge fall from the very top of the route, estimated to be around 20m!
|GreatNess Wall||E10 (Lead)||✓||27 May 2019|
|Choronzon||E10 (Lead)||12 Jul 2015|
|Muy Caliente!||E9 (Lead)||16 Jul 2015 (approx)|
|The Final Round||E9 (Lead)||26 Apr 2021|
|Elder Statesman||E8 (Lead)||✓||02 Mar 2004|
Steve used 3 ropes on the first ascent. This turned out to be a very wise choice!
|The Quarryman||E8 (Lead)||27 May 2011|
|Dawes Rides a Shovelhead||E8 (Lead Onsight)||01 Aug 2011 (approx)|
|Nightmayer||E8 (Lead Onsight)||01 Jan 2019 (approx)|
|Une Jeune Fille Quatre Vingt Dix Ans||E8 (Lead Flash)||27 May 2019 (approx)|
|Impact Day||E8 (Lead Flash)||19 Jun 2021|
|Strawberries||E7 (Lead Onsight)||15 Jun 2014 (approx)|
|Always the Sun||E7 (Lead Onsight)||01 Aug 2021 (approx)|
|Finest Pedigree||9a+ (Boulder)||✓||08 Jul 2010|
|Pedigree Chum||8c+ (Boulder)||01 Jan 2010 (approx)|
|Olympiad||8b (Lead)||18 May 2021 (approx)|
Second ascent, and the first on trad gear. Steve suggested E10 6c.