Dave MacLeod, The Natural Method Video

© Dave MacLeod (Screen shot from video)
Recently Dave MacLeod returned home to Scotland after what must be described as a very successful trip to Switzerland, where he repeated boulder problems as hard as 8C.

Now he reveals, part of the reason he went was he wanted to compare the Swiss problems to his own The Natural Method on the Skeleton boulder at Glen Nevis, which he had made the first ascent of shortly before after several years of on and off work.

Dave MacLeod on the first ascent of his new boulder problem The Natural Method  © Dave MacLeod (Screen shot from video)
Dave MacLeod on the first ascent of his new boulder problem The Natural Method
© Dave MacLeod (Screen shot from video)

Dave's conclusion is interesting to say the least:

There are quite a few problems around Scotland now which are a lot harder than both New Base Line [8B+] and Mystic Stylez [8C] which I climbed in Magic Wood recently.

Because of this, he decided to give The Natural Method, the hardest thing he has done this year by a mile, 8B+ instead of 8B(!).

It would seem Scotland is then home to several of the hardest boulder problems in the world.

Dave MacLeod is sponsored by GORE-TEX , Scarpa , Black Diamond and Mountain Equipment


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20 May, 2012
Saw this on Dave's blog last night and I thought it was an incredible looking problem. The technical mastery displayed in climbing it is so impressive. I'd love to see some of the other Euro wads coming over and trying his problems. Hat's off to Dave...again!
20 May, 2012
Absolutely, can't this guy get knighted or something?! I thought that maybe his problems were tougher than those in Switzerland, purely based on the time he takes to do them.
20 May, 2012
Is this his 5year project which was on Committed 2? 8B+ despite doing an 8c in a week? Give it 8C Dave!!!!!
20 May, 2012
Its interesting that he's decided to be consistent with other boulders in Scotland rather than other problems abroad. I know some regions and countries are known for being soft our hard, but I always thought at the very top end there was more consistency.
20 May, 2012
awesome core strength on the cut loose dave. Can't believe i fall off exactly the same way as dave does, can't wait to tell the lads. looks very hard that mind
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