Dave MacLeod 8c Solo in Spain

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Dave MacLeod has soloed an 8c sport route at Margalef, Spain. Dave had previously redpointed Darwin Dixit 8c but decided to up his game in the soloing stakes in preparation for a line he has in his sights on Ben Nevis, Scotland.

As Dave explains in full on his blog,

"Right now I am preparing for a very special project I am trying on Ben Nevis and I already completed one or two of my training climbs which I saw as benchmarks for a prerequisite physical level. But it's obviously just as important to spend time doing some psychological skills training for a climb where the seriousness of a fall could not be higher. For this climb I need to be able to climb 8c+/9a in an unprotected position. So I must have great confidence in my ability to make good decisions in a situation close to my physical limit but under a lot of psychological pressure."

UPDATE: Read the UKC Interview with Dave about this amazing ascent: UKC Interview

Need more? You know where to go as Dave is no stranger to describing his thoughts, motivations and actions at, with photos courtesy of Claire MacLeod and even more at Claire's blog,

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12 Mar, 2008
That's awesome. Was it Antoine Le Menestrel who soloed Revelations 23 years ago? What is the hardest solo? The Ent
12 Mar, 2008
I think Dave MacLeod is claiming the hardest one with that ascent. That's what I gathered from reading the blog. Davie
12 Mar, 2008
12 Mar, 2008
Wow awesome that's impressive. Hats off all round. Really though, what's stopping this amazingly talented guy from putting in a repeat of IF? As I understand it that's a bit committing too.
12 Mar, 2008
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