Steve Mac back in the saddle
- Thursday 19th February 2015
Feb 19th, 2015
After a period of down-time with a shoulder injury, Steve McClure sounds like he’s back in the saddle if his mega on-sighting day a couple of days ago in Spain is anything to go by.
Since injuring his shoulder in November, Steve was conspicuous by his absence from the Sheffield scene in December – it was like he’d dropped off the planet. In fact, the injury was so bad that not only was he not climbing but – as he says on his FB page – “I couldn’t lift my arm above my head for a month”. We all know the importance of taking a break every once in a while but being injured is a double wammie as you have the injury to resolve before you can get back to training. Surgery loomed in the background for a while too.
Slowly however, Steve pulled it back and started climbing again in January. Before he left for Spain for a half term break with his family at the Orange House, he nailed a bunch of projects at the Climbing Works – all very promising stuff.
It sounds like the weather was a bit mixed out in Spain and during a day of “torrential rain and howling wind” Steve and Richard Mayfield (from the Orange House) visited a weather-proof cave near Gandia. Feeling nervous about his shoulder and being outside for the first time didn’t stop Steve having a rather good day of on-sighting; a F7a, F7b, F7b+, F8a, F8a+ and a F8b. Not a bad day for someone recovering from a shoulder injury!
Steve's FB page...
Steve’s back now in sunny Britain – so that’s take the shine off his week no doubt - but he’ll be hoping that his shoulder is fixed and he can get to work on his Malham project. Finger’s crossed for another chapter of Beyond Limits…
Follow Steve’s activities on FB by clicking through here and in case you haven’t yet got a copy, Steve’s autobiography, Beyond Limits , is available in most good climbing shops or on-line direct from the publishers here…