Kaabah F8c+ Second Ascent For Smitton

by Kevin Avery Sep/2008
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On 16th September Paul Smitton made the second ascent of Steve McClure's F8c+ route, Kaabah at Raven Tor in the Peak District. 23 year old Smitton, originally from Clitheroe in Lancashire is no stranger to hard climbing with previous F8c and F8c+ ascents to his name.

Kaabah is the second extension to the famous F8b+ route Mecca. The other Mecca Extension, F8c (first ascent also McClure) was repeated by Smitton last year.

In the video below McClure says that Mecca Extension is really the "easy" way up the top wall, avoiding the hardest challenges. Kaabah looks to pack in as much hard climbing as possible!

This repeat is a fantastic effort from Paul. You can see a list of Paul's other recent ascents at www.8a.nu and read little more about the man at this UKClimbing.com article.

You can see Steve McClure make the first ascent of Kaabah in this video.

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