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Beyond Limits


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1 Paradise Found2 Balance Point3 Out of the Blocs4 In Another Life5 Magic in the Air6 Blue Sky7 Hotel Hospital8 The Hitcher9 North Wales10 God's Own Rock11 Shot by the Arrow12 All over the Place13 Into Asia14 Lego15 Climbing, but not as we know it16 The Verdon Gorge17 Peak Performance18 Have No Fear19 It's All Down to Motivation20 Normal World21 A Window of Opportunity22 Professional23 Just the Job24 Jack of all Trades25 I've Made It26 Not all There27 The Performance Tunnel28 I've Lost It29 A Ticking Clock30 Overshadow31 Worth the Risk?32 The Final Exam33 Full Circle34 Finding the BalanceIndex

About the Author

Steve McClure is one of the best rock-climbers in the world. Over the last twenty 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.


'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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