NEWSFLASH: James McHaffie Solos 100 Lakes Extremes

by Duncan Campbell - UKC Jun/2014
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+James McHaffie in Margalef, Spain, 40 kb
James McHaffie in Margalef, Spain
Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC, Aug 2011
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Top British trad climber, James 'Caff' McHaffie yesterday soloed 100 routes of E1 and above in the Lake District. This is no mean feat when you consider that many of these routes are many pitches long, and on crags that are fairly well spread apart.

Caff started at 3:40am by soloing Central Buttress, E1 5b, on Scafell before running to the next crag on his list. Caff's list of crags covered roughly includes; Scafell, Pers Gill Crag, Flat Crags, Neckband Crag, Gimmer, Pavey Ark, and then down into Borrowdale to eventually finish at Castle Rock.

19 hours later the deed was done in one of the most impressive soloing feats ever seen in the UK since Ron Fawcett soloed 100 extremes on Peak grit in a day.

Caff originally thought up this idea almost 14 years ago and it has been an ambition since then due to his strong ties to the Lakes, having been bought up there with a strong sense of history by his father - Ray McHaffie - 'The Jaws of Borrowdale'.

You can watch a short film from the BMC showing Caff soloing at Reecastle in Borrowdale below:

A blinding effort from Caff, who is having another brilliant year. We will bring you more information as soon as possible.


James McHaffie is sponsored by: Boreal, DMM, Rab and Sterling Rope


Forums ( Read More... | 58 comments, 27 Jun 2014 )
According to Adam Hocking on FB, this involved 2,976m climbed, not counting getting between crags, presumably guidebook route lengths added up. 160 E points. And #90 was an E4! The stuff of legends, one to go alongside...
JDal - 26 Jun 2014

Hi I was the lady with the two guys (James and Stu) on the first stance on Ardus. Wouldnt have missed it for the world although I would have been biting my nails had I had the nerve to take one of my hands off the rock....
corinne - 25 Jun 2014

Amazing achievement and interesting to compare with Big Ron's achievement back in 1986. The mileage (and the total ascent probably is measured in miles) on rock is obviously far greater for Caffs round, I guess he was...
pasbury - 25 Jun 2014

Ah James you were the one on Ardus ...hope you enjoyed the rest of the route and thanks for accommodating. Not sure military precision ...more give enough monkeys cameras and ropes and something will probably work...
simondgee - 25 Jun 2014

Glad to hear he finished it! (I led the first pitch of Ardus and just finished belaying when Caff went past). He looked pretty chilled out on Aaros and didnt even seem to be too tired - staggering achievement. Well done...
jamespilgrim - 25 Jun 2014

In a way the most impressive thing about this is that I don't find myself surprised; if you'd asked me if JM could do this I'd have been pretty confident that he could and might well if he saw fit. In fact I...
johncoxmysteriously - 25 Jun 2014

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