Marc Langley talks with one of British climbing's most devoted disciples: James McHaffie. They talk about Caff's early soloing exploits in the Lake District, a horrifying epic on Cloggy, his shift towards sport climbing and back again, and inclusivity within the sport.
Watched James attempting to onsight an 8b-ish sports route once. He spent 75mins on the route working out the various cruxes, which I thought a pretty impressive achievement. Ability to ignore the pain of standing around in tight rock shoes for that length of time was remarkable enough in itself. Quite a lot of apologizing too - something I've never felt inclined to ever do myself! He got the onsight anyways. Equally impressive was him coming back two days later and repeating it in about 10 mins.
Learned a lot watching those two ascents. Nice guy too.
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