Dave MacLeod Repeating Lexicon (E11 7a)Fri Night Vid

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This week's Friday Night Video is Dave MacLeod's short film that documents his time on Neil Gresham's Lexicon (E11 7a) on Pavey Ark, Lake District. The route has now had four repeats from Steve McClure, Dave, Mat Wright, and James Pearson.

Dave repeated Lexicon earlier this year after working the route over a handful of sessions spread over Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022. On the difficulty and quality of the route, Dave told UKC:

'When I did Impact Day many years ago, I thought the rock was lovely and that's what made me want to come back. I knew that the moves would be excellent. It's hard! I've done certainly not done every hard route that's out there in Englan, but I've done a good few in the Lakes, I repeated most of Dave Birkett's hard routes and then the Walk of Life and some routes on grit and Lexicon is significantly harder than any of those. I was just inspired by Neil. He's made a really good effort there to climb that route. I'm very, very impressed with the level and I think it's one of those routes where on paper it sounds like it would be alright, not too bad, maybe 8b+ with a run-out, but maybe not deadly. I think a lot of people will try Lexicon, but I think few will actually do it because it's still difficult. I found it significantly more difficult to successfully lead than to top rope. I was very fit and I still had to really try hard, so I'm very impressed with Neil's effort there.'

Read our full interview with Dave here:

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