Dave MacLeod - 8B First Ascent Fri Night Vid

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Dave MacLeod has just released this little video of him making the first ascent of a hard looking 8B boulder problem in the Arisaig CaveScotland.

The problem looks brilliant, but we were more impressed with Dave climbing shirtless in mid December in Scotland! They make them tough up north!

Dave has written the ascent up on his excellent blog:

"On my first try I finally broke through the crux and fell at the last hard move, powered out. After two more rubbish tries, I cruised through the crux, feeling the strongest I’ve ever felt on the line. Arriving back at the final slap to the apex of the cave, I felt my power draining. But I slapped, and I didn’t fall. It’s hard for me to explain this or to accurately describe my state of mind in this move. Although focusing during a 100% effort is totally automatic for me, I wouldn’t say I felt particularly concentrated. It just seemed to happen without me really feeling like I was making it. And so I found myself at the finishing holds, project (on and off) of three years, done."

There's loads more info on his blog.

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18 Dec, 2015
Madness. What an insane sequence, so many moves. Congrats Dave
18 Dec, 2015
18 Dec, 2015
Why does the music always fade out in climbing videos for the successful ascent? It kind of spoils the tension being told in advance that it's in the bag. Otherwise a good, no nonsense video though!
18 Dec, 2015
Interesting blog post, too.
18 Dec, 2015
that sequence was nuts looks absolutely nails , congrats man!
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