Countdown to Great Climb - website up

The BBC now have the Great Climb website up and quite snazzy it is too. As reported at on Friday Dave Macleod maybe attempting a new E10, live on TV!


BBC Two Scotland, Saturday 18 August, 1300-1900. BBC Two network, 1725-1835. Also on BBCi and streamed at


"The centrepiece of The Great Climb will be an attempt to make a brand new extreme route up Hell's Lum Crag by one of the world's very best climbers, Dave Macleod. He'll be ably partnered by fellow Scot Dave 'Cubby' Cuthbertson.

Meanwhile, across the corrie floor on the majestic Shelter Stone Crag three other teams of elite climbers (plus one beginner!) will follow established but spell-binding routes up this intimidating precipice.

Canada's Barry Blanchard and Spain's Araceli Segarra will climb the long, hard classic route 'Steeple'. Leading South African climber Ed February will partner new school Sheffield-based climber Ben Heason to climb a modern extreme route 'Stone Bastion'. Finally local mountain guide Graeme Ettle will show climbing newcomer Jenny Graham the ropes on the half-century old test-piece 'The Citadel'.

It promises to be a day to remember – not just for the climbers – but for the millions of viewers worldwide tuning in or watching via the internet."

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13 Aug, 2007
Good website, maps, satellite images, topos for the routes, what more can anyone want?
13 Aug, 2007
coverage in england??? is it seriously only on bbc scotland and bbci? not even on any of the digital channels? How can they do this to us!
13 Aug, 2007
There's a 'contact us' link on their website, it'll be too late to change anything this time round but maybe worth letting them know that some people south of the border are interested too.
13 Aug, 2007
You can get BBC Scotland on Sky somewhere...
13 Aug, 2007
What a great little website. Much better than I'd have expected. It manages the clever trick of being interesting for climbers without being too technical for non-climbers. My one complaint is that they don't give high enough priority to the "Getting Involved" section. Something as potentially inspirational as this should have a heavy emphasis on guiding people into the sport safely and responsibly. Even though I only get an hour of coverage and some grainy web stuff I'm still really looking forward to this.
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