MacLeod - Stunning New Torridon E8by Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC Jun/2009
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The route tackles the beautiful arete left of The Torridonian, a classic E3 corner line, and finishes in a similar position as Thunderbird, another classic E3. (Thunderbird hand traverses leftwards along the upper break in the photo above - where Dave has a cam by his foot).
Commenting on his blog, Dave said:
"Torridonian sandstone is one of the finest rock types I've ever seen. It's very similar to Gritstone and, sometimes, Northumbrian sandstone."
Dave heard about the route from Scottish climbing legend Dave Cuthbertson, who had attempted the line without success.
MacLeod top-roped the route prior to his lead and snapped a pebble foot hold on his final top-rope run.
"Thank god it wasn't on the lead" he commented.
Thanks go to Claire MacLeod for the use of this photograph.