Steve McClure gets in touch to say that he´s going on a world tour. That is, he´s kicking his job and going off travelling to see how it suits him. „You could say I´m going to be a full-time climber, but I doubt I will climb that much more than I do already,“ he tells us. His itinerary:France in a week for 3 weeks. States for 3 months, (Sept, Oct, Nov), then Spain for 3 weeks up to Christmas. „After that – who knows. As far as routes go – some hard stuff and some easy stuff,as usual, nothing specific though.“ Steve has done stacks of hard routes in the UK, including „Northern Lights“ (F9a) at Kilnsey, long known as Ben Moon´s „project“ which Ben couldn´t link. He also did the first repeat of Johnny Dawes´s slate slab „The Very Big and Very Small“, which many reckon is F8c+; Steve didn´t like to grade it. (But it was hard.)