Dave MacLeod in More Torridon Terror - New E8 & E9

© Claire MacLeod / Velvet Antlers
Dave MacLeod on the FA of Present Tense E9 7a  © Claire MacLeod / Velvet Antlers
Dave MacLeod on the FA of Present Tense E9 7a
© Claire MacLeod / Velvet Antlers
More first ascents on Scottish sandstone for MacLeod machine:

Dave MacLeod has climbed two more new routes at Seanna Mheallan, Torridon. Kelvinator (E8 6c) is named after Dave's old fridge and according to Dave, involves some pretty unusual moves:

"Bear-hug up the fridge block and do a weird rotation palming move into the niche on the left - sort of like the move at the top of the groove on Gaia, but a fair bit harder."

Time to grit the teeth and stay alive!

MacLeod completes Present Tense E9 7a

The main event was Present Tense (E9 7a), a line which Dave initially thought might weigh in at a mighty E10 until he discovered two tiny runners:

"The discovery of two highly unlikely micro wires eased back the chance of a 15 metre groundfall from the crux to something noticeably under 100%"

Judging by his recent run of new routes it would seem that MacLeod has the whole of Scotland to himself right now, and he is making the most of it. MacLeod is currently eyeing up a new line that he thinks might warrant E11. We await more info with bated breath.

  • These two new routes follow hot on the heels of Dave's other recent line Kolus (E8 6c) - See earlier UKC News Report.

  • You can read Dave's own report on his blog

Thanks go to Claire MacLeod for the use of this photograph.

Dave MacLeod is sponsored by Gore-tex , Scarpa , Black Diamond and Mountain Equipment

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13 Jul, 2009
wow! great effort and write up....also looks like he's got shock absorbers on those wires....must be marginal placements indeed!
13 Jul, 2009
Another great line, and another description that makes you want to be out on the rock, not stuck in the office! The photos of Gaz comming off Firestone makes me shudder though... Surprised how few reads this has got, suppose it's "only" Dave doing another E9 and "only" in scotland...
13 Jul, 2009
Really... This news story has been read 1,434 times in about 5 hours. It will hit 2,000 by midnight, 3 to 4,000 in a few days. Mick
13 Jul, 2009
Sorry Mick, shows as 465 on mine, vs 800+ for the accident story. I stand corrected... Mal
13 Jul, 2009
amazing stuff, all topped off by the class E9 Grade overbite in that picture.
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