Scotland's first 8A boulder problem

The original method. From the two holds just below the crack climb to the jammed block and either pinch or crimp the top to make a big span up to the flake with your left hand. Now match the flake and finish up Pongo.

Malcom Smith 1998

Ticklists: The Stick It Tick List, Scottish 8th Grade Problems.

Jack McKechnie 22/Jun/17 Sent rpt
Jack McKechnie 04/Apr/17 Sent rpt

Repeated this today to see if I'm still strong enough. Went third go but I tried the move to the flange once before which went first time.

grey wolf 06/Nov/16 Sent x
Jack McKechnie 02/Oct/16 Sent x

Session number 6 - Finally finished it! I think it was 4th attempt of the day. So psyched to have done it!

with Ruaridh Hopkins , Lucy Ross, Scott Coulter, Fraser Moodie
Euan McFadyen ??/2014 -
Jonathan Bean 07/May/10 -

Awesome problem

with Jeans
Chris J Houston 30/Jun/09 Sent x

I don't know why more people don't try this problem using the pinch method. Its an absolute classic and my first 8a.... So psyched! Video at

with Jabs, Dave Houston, Steve and lots of randoms
willackers 05/Jun/09 Sent x

Yes!, My first font 8a, didn't feel right with the jam so worked it and crushed it the proper way!

with Ben Litster (sponsered climber)
Mike_mph 30/Nov/08 -
Stewart B 06/Apr/08 Sent x

There is new beta for this - instead of the pinch get a right hand finger lock just above this and pull through to the flange somewhat easier. New grade is around 7B+ as a result. Great to get such an amazing line done, even if a little diminished in stature.

with Johnny Stalking
Hidden ??/2007 Sent x
Cassidy ?/Jun/06 Sent x

first 8a (soft, just like me)

with Dave Redpath
Dave MacLeod 01/May/00 Sent x
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