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James McHaffie

James McHaffie

Penrith, UK
James is widely regarded as one of Britains best all-round climbers, climbing at the highest level on sport routes, trad headpoint and onsight.

Best moments

  • Every time I leave Britain and go to Spain
  • The party after the last trip to Yosemite
  • Seeing with good eyesight after laser eye surgery


  • Make plans
  • Invite loads of friends on trips
  • Take the piss out of the youngest member of the team
  • Sandbag your friends
  • Celebrate after a good trip
James “Caff” McHaffie’s list of climbing achievements is something to behold. A vast number of hard, bold routes climbed in excellent style; sport routes past the benchmark  9th grade… it’s not difficult to see why James is regarded as one of Britain’s best climbers.
James seems to thrive on challenging himself in adventurous ways, epitomized in 2014 when he succeeded in soloing 100 extreme routes in the Lake District in just 20 hours, linking them entirely on foot.

Biography or Sport CV:

  • Onsighting 3 E7s in a day in Pembroke, Greenham Common

  • Climbing Muir Wall free with Hazel Findlay and Neil Dyer

  • Climbing Salathe Wall and El Nino free with Dan Mcmanus

  • 1st ascent of Britains hardest slab, The Meltdown, Dinorwic Slate quarries

  • 2nd ascent Wales hardest sport climb, The Big Bang, F9a

  • 2nd ascent Britains hardest sea cliff, The Longhope Direct with Ben Bransby

  • 3rd ascent Voiue Petit, Grand Capucin with Ben Bransby

  • Soloing 100 extremes in the Lake District in a day

BOREAL Mutant | by James McHaffie
BOREAL Outdoor
During the last trip to La Pedriza in Spain, James McHaffie tried ​the newest BOREAL style, called Mutant. Have a look!