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Beyond Limits

A life through climbing

Hardback (288pp)
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Beyond Limits is the autobiography of Steve McClure, one of the world’s top rock climbers. From his childhood encounters with the sandstone outcrops of the North York Moors right up to his cutting-edge first ascents such as Overshadow (F9a+) at Malham and Mutation (F9a) at Raven Tor, Steve explores his deep passion for climbing and how it has dictated and shaped his life.

Introduced to climbing by his parents at an early age, Steve quickly progressed as a climber, developing a fascination with movement and technical difficulty. Rapidly reaching a high standard, Steve became torn between the desire to climb increasingly bold routes and his hesitant approach to danger, with a series of close calls forcing him to seriously question his motivations. Searching for a balance between risk and reward, he struggled to find his place as a climber.

Having dropped out of the scene, a chance encounter led to his discovery of sport climbing. Free from fear, Steve plunged headlong into this new style and surged through the grades. Pushing everything else aside, he allowed climbing to take over his life. He reached world-class levels of performance, but once again found himself searching for a balance between risk and reward, yet this time the risk was of losing what is truly important in life. As he searches for what really makes him tick, his climbing comes full circle and returns to where it started – climbing for the love of it.

Beyond Limits is the story of a climber and his obsessive exploration of the sport, of finding a true passion, taking it to the limits and attempting to delicately balance this passion against other aspects of life to give the greatest rewards.

Steve McClure is one of the best rock-climbers in the world. Over the last fifteen years he has dominated UK sport climbing, singlehandedly taking performance to a new level. To his name he has the hardest sport route in the UK – Overshadow (F9a+) – and numerous new routes graded F9a. Despite being better known for his sport climbing achievements, he is an accomplished traditional climber and boulderer, having on-sighted E8, and climbed E11 and Font 8B+. He is as likely to be found wiggling in wires at Pembroke or sleeping in a portaledge on a thousand-metre wall in Greenland as he is clipping bolts on limestone sport routes. His writing and training advice has been published internationally and he is a regular contributor to Climb magazine. He lives in Sheffield with his partner Vic and their children Harry and Amelie.

  • Title: Beyond Limits
  • Sub-title: A life through climbing
  • Author: Steve McClure
  • Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-910240-19-9
  • Rights: Worldwide
  • Publication date: 14 November 2014
  • Edition: First
  • Size: 234mm x 156mm
  • Extent: 288 pages, black and white with 3x 16pp colour plates
  • Cover: Hardback
  • Weight: 600g
  • Retail price: £20

Also available as an ebook:

  • Imprint: Vertebrate Digital
  • ISBN: 978-1-910240-20-5
  • Publication Date: 14 November 2014
  • Price: £20

'Steve McClure's excellent biography should serve to inspire many climbers to get out there and keep trying harder.'
Climber magazine

'A surprising revelation and a good portrait of an obsessed climber written with a big dose of self-depreciative humour.'
Alan James, UKClimbing

'I have known Steve for many years going back to when he had dreads and was about to give up work to become a professional climber. So it came as a surprise to me to learn of the ‘snakes and ladders‘ of his climbing career. As always I was fascinated by Steve's early days of climbing (ladder), then the climbing accidents (snakes) and the periods of self doubt (yet more snakes), before his final embracing of sport climbing (ladder, in fact a very long extending ladder). What a fantastic book!'
Rab Carrington, mountaineer and founder of Rab

'An insight into the life of one of Britain's most successful climbers, this is not just for the fanatical sport climbers, but a book to inspire us all.'
Rob Greenwood, UKClimbing

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