/ ARTICLE: A Day With Dave MacLeod - And An Interview With Claire
Working for UKClimbing.com has its perks and one of the best came along recently. Mountain Equipment got in touch to tell me about a press day they were hosting at Plas y Brenin. They invited me along to try out their new clothing range, and the icing on the cake was a day climbing with Mountain Equipment & Gore athlete, Dave MacLeod...
Read More: http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=1361
Dave and Claire have just released the award winning film Echo Wall. It has been a mammoth undertaking, and has finally hit the shelves. I wanted to find out more about making the film, and more about Claire's perspective on the whole Echo Wall 'death route' concept:
Jack: "Who does the washing up? You or Dave?"
Claire: "It's on a strict rotational basis though there is room for negotiation. For example, if Dave volunteers to make pancakes for breakfast (he makes a mean pancake, better than mine frustratingly, even though it's my recipe) then that may be on the condition that I do his shot of the dishes for him..."
Read The Interview: http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=1361
I think if you are called Tarquin and you work for the Telegraph you should change your name by deed poll just so you don't confirm the stereotype, particularly if you are going to climb. :-) Others probably remember the late 90s Climber column.
Never mind the Toby Tarquin Telegraph triumvirate, you're missing the point! Which is, how come Dave makes better pancakes than Claire? And how does his gingerbread compare with hers, which is becoming the stuff of legend?
All jokes about the name Tarquin should be sent to
Nice piece. I thought the bit where Dave got his hair cut off 'for more power' was very amusing!
The question and answer were still there twice when I looked just now
Glad people liked the article.
You thinking of *Tarka* the Otter? :-/
The fact that he does an 8c+ reasonably quickly whilst on holiday is perhaps the most impressive thing. Of course the guy is training all the time, but the rock is so different from his normal area. It makes you wonder what he would do if he did a Sharma, and moved to Lleida for a winter.
BTW - I normally find limestone unaesthetic to look at, missing obvious lines. But you can't fail to be impressed with that buttress. It looks like a giant has been at it with an ice cream scoop.
The dry boak! Quality scottish medical terminology. Nothing in English quite captures this....
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