NEWSFLASH: James McHaffie Solos 100 Lakes Extremes

by Duncan Campbell - UKC Jun/2014
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+James McHaffie in Margalef, Spain, 40 kbJames 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

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