INTERVIEW: MacLeod and Muskett Attempt Bellavista

Dave MacLeod and Calum Muskett in Cortina, 70 kb
Dave MacLeod and Calum Muskett in Cortina
© Jack Geldard - UKC
British climbers Dave MacLeod and Calum Muskett have moved on from the Eiger in Switzerland and headed to the Italian Dolomites. Not content with their fantastic ascent of Paciencia on the Eiger (UKC News), the pair have now started work on Bellavista, a giant 8c route on Cima Ovest, first climbed in 2001 by German legend Alex Huber.

They have one week left of their trip to the alps, and are hoping to climb Bellavista in that short space of time. We wish them good weather!

We caught up with professional climber Dave MacLeod and up and coming bold slab-star Calum Muskett for a quick chat as they had a brew break in a busy cafe in Cortina, Italy. We were actually dropping them a line about a big feature we have coming up on UKClimbing for the start of September, in which they are both featuring (can you guess what that will be about?), but we had the chance to ask them a couple of questions about Paciencia on the Eiger and about their attempts on Bellavista.

Dave MacLeod is one of the UK's most accomplished all around climbers, and has been at the forefront of UK trad, sport, bouldering and Scottish winter for around a decade now, adding cutting edge routes of all styles to the Scottish Highlands. Young Calum Muskett from North Wales is an exceptionally talented climber, great on slabs and run-outs, has free climbed El Capitan and is now trying an 8c multipitch roof in the Dolomites. This guy is inspirationally motivated. Good luck on Bellavista guys!

Here's the skype video:


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

Calum Muskett is sponsored by: DMM , Five Ten , Rab  and  Podsacs

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