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People in the wider world of climbing tend to hear about my climbing through the well known films E11 or Echo Wall or my book 9 out of 10 climbers make the same mistakes.

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No Kpote Only  © Nico Pelorson

The Ticklist #12 - Hard Bouldering Repeats and more MacLeod Trad

This week's Ticklist covers some hard bouldering repeats from around the world and a scary trad video from Mr MacLeod:

Dave MacLeod on Second Round, Second Minute E8 6c.  © Dave MacLeod
Dave MacLeod on Second Round, Second Minute E8 6c.  © Dave MacLeod

News 5 x E8 Spree by Dave MacLeod

In the past month or so, Dave MacLeod has ticked five E8s, making two first ascents and three second ascents along the way.  Since finishing with his Masters degree in nutrition in mid-August, Dave has been making the most of the good weather in Scotland...

Iker Pou on Rayu 8c.   © Hermanos Pou
Iker Pou on Rayu 8c.   © Hermanos Pou

The Ticklist #8 - Hard Sport Abroad

While there's been plenty of top-end British ascents this past week, it's a been a quieter week for interesting ascents abroad. Here's a round-up of some recent sport and multi-pitch action...

Dave MacLeod on Hunger 9a  © Chris Prescott/Dark Sky Media
Dave MacLeod on Hunger 9a  © Chris Prescott/Dark Sky Media

Video Dave MacLeod climbs Hunger (9a)

Late last year, Dave MacLeod made the third ascent of Malcolm Smith's Hunger on The Anvil, Loch Goil. Dave was working...

Dave MacLeod: Life is on Ice  © UKC News
Dave MacLeod: Life is on Ice  © UKC News

Video Dave MacLeod - Life is on Ice

Winter climbing in Scotland is a unique experience, often a masochistic one. Harsh weather and precarious protection make...

Dave MacLeod Rainbow Wall  © Dark Sky Media
Dave MacLeod Rainbow Wall  © Dark Sky Media

Fri Night Vid Dave MacLeod climbing Rainbow Warrior (8b)

This week's Friday Night Video is an extra from the new film from Dark Sky Media: Undiscovered. The film...

Kendal Rekindled: Dave MacLeod  © UKC
Kendal Rekindled: Dave MacLeod  © UKC

Video Kendal Rekindled: Dave MacLeod Interview

Dave MacLeod has had another vintage year. As always, he's been hard at work developing new routes all over Scotland; he...

Dave MacLeod on the first ascent of Making a Splash E7  © Dark Sky Media
Dave MacLeod on the first ascent of Making a Splash E7  © Dark Sky Media

Interview Undiscovered: Dave MacLeod on New-Routing in Scotland

Dave MacLeod silhouetted on Hunger 9a.  © Dark Sky Media
Dave MacLeod silhouetted on Hunger 9a.  © Dark Sky Media

News Third Ascent of Hunger 9a by Dave MacLeod

Dave MacLeod on Mind Riot E10 7a.  © Dave MacLeod
Dave MacLeod on Mind Riot E10 7a.  © Dave MacLeod

News Mind Riot E10 7a First Ascent by Dave MacLeod

Dave MacLeod on Hard Drive E7 6c, a stunning slab on Creag Mo.  © Dark Sky Media
Dave MacLeod on Hard Drive E7 6c, a stunning slab on Creag Mo.  © Dark Sky Media

News Harris New Routeing Spree by MacLeod and Kurakami

Dave MacLeod Indian Face  © Hot Aches Productions
Dave MacLeod Indian Face  © Hot Aches Productions

Fri Night Vid Dave MacLeod climbing the Indian Face E9 6c

Dave enjoying Lochaber in the springtime.  © Dave MacLeod
Dave enjoying Lochaber in the springtime.  © Dave MacLeod

Fri Night Vid Dave MacLeod's 24/8 Challenge

Dave on top of Ben Nevis during a very memorable day of climbing.  © Kevin Woods
Dave on top of Ben Nevis during a very memorable day of climbing.  © Kevin Woods

News 24/8 Challenge - Dave MacLeod's Big Day Out

Dave on Gutbuster whilst it was still sunny in May 2017  © Chris Prescott/Dark Sky Media
Dave on Gutbuster whilst it was still sunny in May 2017  © Chris Prescott/Dark Sky Media

News Dave MacLeod climbs Gutbuster 8B+

Dave relaxing on Catalan Witness the Fitness, 8B+.  © Dave MacLeod
Dave relaxing on Catalan Witness the Fitness, 8B+.  © Dave MacLeod

News Catalan Witness the Fitness 8B+ by Dave MacLeod

Natalie and Dave new-routeing on St Kilda in 2017.  © Dave MacLeod
Natalie and Dave new-routeing on St Kilda in 2017.  © Dave MacLeod

Article Perfect Partners #5 - Dave MacLeod and Natalie Berry

Lithium - Dave Macleod  © Chris Prescott/Dark Sky Media
Lithium - Dave Macleod  © Chris Prescott/Dark Sky Media

News Dave Macleod completes Lithium F8B+

The Unknown - Dave MacLeod  © Dark Sky Media
The Unknown - Dave MacLeod  © Dark Sky Media

Fri Night Vid The Unknown - Dave MacLeod

Related photo: Dave MacLeod climbs Grasas Saturadas, E6 6b on a trip to Kintra on Mull  © Dark Sky Media
Related photo: Dave MacLeod climbs Grasas Saturadas, E6 6b on a trip to Kintra on Mull  © Dark Sky Media

News Third Ascent of The Keswickian E8 7a for Dave MacLeod

Dave MacLeod making the 3rd ascent of Birkett's Return of the King E9 6c  © Steve Ashworth/Lake District Images
Dave MacLeod making the 3rd ascent of Birkett's Return of the King E9 6c  © Steve Ashworth/Lake District Images

News Dave MacLeod Repeats Return of the King E9 6c

Dave MacLeod making the most of a challenging injury  © Chris Prescott/Hot Aches Productions
Dave MacLeod making the most of a challenging injury  © Chris Prescott/Hot Aches Productions

Press Release Dave MacLeod signs for La Sportiva

Dave MacLeod on Practice of the Wild 8C  © Dark Sky Media
Dave MacLeod on Practice of the Wild 8C  © Dark Sky Media

Fri Night Vid + Interview Dave MacLeod - Practice of the Wild 8C

Dave MacLeod on Practice of the wild, ~8C, Magic wood  © Dave McLeod, video still
Dave MacLeod on Practice of the wild, ~8C, Magic wood  © Dave McLeod, video still

News Practice of the wild, 8C, by Dave MacLeod

Dave MacLeod on From shallow waters to Riverbed, ~8B+, Magic wood, Switzerland  © MacLeod coll.
Dave MacLeod on From shallow waters to Riverbed, ~8B+, Magic wood, Switzerland  © MacLeod coll.

Video From shallow waters to Riverbed, ~8B+, by Dave MacLeod

Dave MacLeod doing some research for his upcoming children's book  © Chris Prescott
Dave MacLeod doing some research for his upcoming children's book  © Chris Prescott

Product News Dave MacLeod Announces Children's Climbing Book

Dave MacLeod: Gimme That Swing  © Dave MacLeod
Dave MacLeod: Gimme That Swing  © Dave MacLeod

Video Gimme That Swing 8B by Dave MacLeod

Dave MacLeod on the FA of Ice Burn E8  © Chris Prescott/Dark Sky Media
Dave MacLeod on the FA of Ice Burn E8  © Chris Prescott/Dark Sky Media

News New E8 on Mull for Dave MacLeod: Ice Burn

Dave MacLeod on Night Fury (IX,9) Look at the angle of the hexes on his harness!  © Helen Rennard
Dave MacLeod on Night Fury (IX,9) Look at the angle of the hexes on his harness!  © Helen Rennard

News Night Fury - New IX,9 on Ben Nevis for Dave MacLeod

Dave MacLeod making the most of good conditions on the Cobbler  © Helen Rennard
Dave MacLeod making the most of good conditions on the Cobbler  © Helen Rennard

News Two Grade IX's in a Weekend for Dave MacLeod

Mountain Equipment  © Mountain Equipment
Mountain Equipment  © Mountain Equipment

Press Release Win an ice climbing masterclass with Dave MacLeod

Dave MacLeod  © Dave MacLeod
Dave MacLeod  © Dave MacLeod

Fri Night Vid Dave MacLeod - 8B First Ascent

Dave MacLeod on Riverbed 8B  © Dave MacLeod
Dave MacLeod on Riverbed 8B  © Dave MacLeod

News Two Magic Wood 8B's in one night for Dave MacLeod

Jacob on pitch 2 - 8a+  © Jacob Cook
Jacob on pitch 2 - 8a+  © Jacob Cook

News Disco 2000: First Free Ascent by MacLeod, Muskett and Cook

Project Fear  © UKC News
Project Fear  © UKC News

Video Dave Macleod: Project Fear

Mountain Equipment  © Mountain Equipment
Mountain Equipment  © Mountain Equipment

Product News Dave MacLeod Scottish Route Cima Ovest Premiere at ShAFF

Make or Break: Dave Macleod's latest book  © UKC News
Make or Break: Dave Macleod's latest book  © UKC News

Interview Dave Macleod's book Make or Break released

Dave Macleod starting the 8c pitch on Panorama  © Matt Pycroft/Coldhouse Collective
Dave Macleod starting the 8c pitch on Panorama  © Matt Pycroft/Coldhouse Collective

News New Scottish Route on Cima Ovest for Macleod

Dave Macleod Can & Will  © Land Rover
Dave Macleod Can & Will  © Land Rover

Friday Night Video Dave Macleod; Free Climber

Dave MacLeod Lecture at Deansgate Manchester  © Mountain Equipment
Dave MacLeod Lecture at Deansgate Manchester  © Mountain Equipment

Product News Dave MacLeod Lecture at Mountain Equipment Store, Deansgate Manc

Dave Macleod on the crux pitch of Orient Express, IX,8  © Adam Hughes
Dave Macleod on the crux pitch of Orient Express, IX,8  © Adam Hughes

News FWA of Orient Express IX,8 for Macleod and Hughes

Dave MacLeod on the crux pitch of Bellavista, earlier in the summer  © Calum Muskett
Dave MacLeod on the crux pitch of Bellavista, earlier in the summer  © Calum Muskett

News Bellavista for MacLeod and Cassidy

Dave MacLeod and Calum Muskett  © UKC News
Dave MacLeod and Calum Muskett  © UKC News

Video Interview Muskett and MacLeod - Indian Face

Dave MacLeod climbs The Indian Face  © Hot Aches
Dave MacLeod climbs The Indian Face  © Hot Aches

Fri Night Vid Exclusive - MacLeod climbs Indian Face

Dave MacLeod and Calum Muskett in Cortina  © Jack Geldard - UKC
Dave MacLeod and Calum Muskett in Cortina  © Jack Geldard - UKC

Interview MacLeod and Muskett Attempt Bellavista

Dave MacLeod on Paciencia in atmospheric conditions  © Calum Muskett
Dave MacLeod on Paciencia in atmospheric conditions  © Calum Muskett

News MacLeod and Muskett Climb Paciencia, 8a, on the Eiger

Donald King and Dave Macleod on the boat back to Barra  © Dave Macleod
Donald King and Dave Macleod on the boat back to Barra  © Dave Macleod

News Dave Macleod Frees Pabbay's Great Arch, E8 6c

Dave MacLeod - Fight The Feeling  © Black Diamond (screen shot from video)
Dave MacLeod - Fight The Feeling  © Black Diamond (screen shot from video)

Fri Ni Vid Dave Macleod - Fight The Feeling - 8c+/9a

40 degree roof crack  © wee jamie
40 degree roof crack  © wee jamie

Interview Dave MacLeod - Scottish Winter / Ben Nevis

Dave - with Dave MacLeod  © Polished Project (Video Still)
Dave - with Dave MacLeod  © Polished Project (Video Still)

Fri Night Vid Dave MacLeod Video Portrait

40 degree roof crack  © wee jamie
40 degree roof crack  © wee jamie

News New Routes on Ben Nevis for Dave MacLeod

Dave MacLeod on Ben Nevis, where he famously completed the hardest traditional rock climb in the world, the ungraded Echo Wall.  © Andrew Smith
Dave MacLeod on Ben Nevis, where he famously completed the hardest traditional rock climb in the world, the ungraded Echo Wall.  © Andrew Smith

News Dave MacLeod Is Back - 8c After Foot Operation

Dave working his new route  © Ecosse Images
Dave working his new route  © Ecosse Images

News Steall Project Falls to MacLeod - 8c+/9a

Dave MacLeod - Mystic Stylez  © Polished Project
Dave MacLeod - Mystic Stylez  © Polished Project

News Dave MacLeod - Font 8C - The Video

Dave MacLeod on Ben Nevis, where he famously completed the hardest traditional rock climb in the world, the ungraded Echo Wall.  © Andrew Smith
Dave MacLeod on Ben Nevis, where he famously completed the hardest traditional rock climb in the world, the ungraded Echo Wall.  © Andrew Smith

News New Steall 8b+/c For MacLeod

Dave MacLeod on New Base Line, 8B+, Magic wood, Switzerland  © Polished Project (video still)
Dave MacLeod on New Base Line, 8B+, Magic wood, Switzerland  © Polished Project (video still)

Video Dave MacLeod, New Base Line, 8B+

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)

Video Dave MacLeod, The Natural Method

Dave MacLeod on Ben Nevis, where he famously completed the hardest traditional rock climb in the world, the ungraded Echo Wall.  © Andrew Smith
Dave MacLeod on Ben Nevis, where he famously completed the hardest traditional rock climb in the world, the ungraded Echo Wall.  © Andrew Smith

News Swiss Font 8C for Dave MacLeod

Dave MacLeod  © Mountain Equipment
Dave MacLeod  © Mountain Equipment

News MacLeod Climbs Classic Magic Wood 8B+

Dave MacLeod climbing Conquistador Direct 8B/+ in Chrironico  © Dave MacLeod
Dave MacLeod climbing Conquistador Direct 8B/+ in Chrironico  © Dave MacLeod

Video Dave MacLeod Hits Swiss Boulders - 8B/+

Dave MacLeod on Ben Nevis, where he famously completed the hardest traditional rock climb in the world, the ungraded Echo Wall.  © Andrew Smith
Dave MacLeod on Ben Nevis, where he famously completed the hardest traditional rock climb in the world, the ungraded Echo Wall.  © Andrew Smith

News Dave MacLeod and Alan Cassidy on the BBC

Dave MacLeod about to launch in to the roof of 'Castles in the Sky'  © Andy Turner
Dave MacLeod about to launch in to the roof of 'Castles in the Sky'  © Andy Turner

News Dave MacLeod Climbs Huge Roof In Winter

Dave MacLeod and Andy Turner   © Lukaz Warzecha
Dave MacLeod and Andy Turner   © Lukaz Warzecha

Product News Dave MacLeod And Andy Turner To Give Longhope Lecture

Dave MacLeod - The Long Hope Route  © Paul Diffley / Hotaches Productions
Dave MacLeod - The Long Hope Route  © Paul Diffley / Hotaches Productions

Gear Reviews The Long Hope - Starring Dave MacLeod

Dave MacLeod  © Mountain Equipment
Dave MacLeod  © Mountain Equipment

Video Dave MacLeod Interview

Dave MacLeod Blamman, Norway  © Paul Diffley / Hotaches Productions
Dave MacLeod Blamman, Norway  © Paul Diffley / Hotaches Productions

Video MacLeod Frees 400m E8 in Norway

Dave MacLeod digging deep on the E10/11 crux pitch of The Long Hope Route  © Paul Diffley / Hotaches Productions
Dave MacLeod digging deep on the E10/11 crux pitch of The Long Hope Route  © Paul Diffley / Hotaches Productions

Interview/images MacLeod on Long Hope Route

Dave MacLeod and Hoy  © Al Evans and Dave MacLeod
Dave MacLeod and Hoy  © Al Evans and Dave MacLeod

News MacLeod and Turner Top Out Hoy Mega Route

Charlie Woodburn making the second ascent of Apophenia E7/8  © Charlie Woodburn Collection
Charlie Woodburn making the second ascent of Apophenia E7/8  © Charlie Woodburn Collection

Video Woodburn repeats MacLeod's Apophenia

Dave MacLeod  © Dave MacLeod
Dave MacLeod  © Dave MacLeod

Product News Discover Unchartered Routes In Arctic Norway With Dave MacLeod

Dave Macleod sending Seven of Nine, V14, Glen Nevis  © Dave MacLeod
Dave Macleod sending Seven of Nine, V14, Glen Nevis  © Dave MacLeod

News MacLeod climbs 7 of 9 - Font 8B+

Greg Boswell on The Hurting  © James Dunn
Greg Boswell on The Hurting  © James Dunn

Interview Boswell & MacLeod on The Hurting & More

Dave MacLeod on Die by the Drop - E10  © Dave MacLeod
Dave MacLeod on Die by the Drop - E10  © Dave MacLeod

Fri Night Vid Dave MacLeod - E10 Slab

Cloggy East Buttress  © Jack Geldard
Cloggy East Buttress  © Jack Geldard

News Dave MacLeod Repeats Indian Face


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Steep, overhanging limestone on pockets and edges are where this shoe feels at home  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

La Sportiva Testarossa

The Testarossa MkII will please devotees of the early 2000s original, and route climbers alike, and is a worthwhile addition to La Sportiva's extensive rock shoe range, says Nick Brown.

Vision MIPS in Glen Clova  © UKC Gear
Vision MIPS in Glen Clova  © UKC Gear

Black Diamond Vision MIPS helmet

Crossing over from the bike and skiing industries, MIPS (Multidirectional Impact Protection System) helmets are designed to offer increased protection to the brain from rotational forces. Martin McKenna looks at the Black Diamond Vision MIPS, one of the...

Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting
Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting

Micro Cams

Micro cams are among the most useful pieces of gear on a trad climber's rack. Having a tiny cam you can rely on to protect otherwise unprotectable sections of rock can make the difference between arriving at the top of your route... or at the bottom. However their tiny size...

Stretch ascender fabric and a diamond crotch mean your trousers won't be the limiting factor in your bridging  © Ben Bishop
Stretch ascender fabric and a diamond crotch mean your trousers won't be the limiting factor in your bridging  © Ben Bishop

Mountain Equipment Dihedral Pant

Mountain Equipment's Dihedral Pant is designed to be "the perfect all-round pant" for "year round climbing everywhere from big...

One of the best all-round, mountain-worthy approach shoes we've seen - if they fit you  © Dan Bailey
One of the best all-round, mountain-worthy approach shoes we've seen - if they fit you  © Dan Bailey

La Sportiva TX Guide shoes

With a refined design that marries the confidence inspiring grip of a trail shoe, and climbing performance to match the best in...

Going light in the North Pennines with the Distance Tent and Z-Poles  © Toby Archer
Going light in the North Pennines with the Distance Tent and Z-Poles  © Toby Archer

Black Diamond Distance Tent with Z-Poles

At only around 820g, and pitching using trekking poles, the single-skin Distance Tent is not much heavier than a bivvy...

Airnet harness montage  © Rob Greenwood
Airnet harness montage  © Rob Greenwood

Black Diamond airNET Harness

At £150 this isn't a cheap option, says Rob Greenwood, but within the category of extremely lightweight, high performance sport...


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Black Diamond Camalot Z4s

Born from a heart-to-heart with our top trad-climbing BD Athletes Hazel Findlay, Carlo Traversi, Sam Elias, and Babsi Zangerl, the Camalot Z4 is the realization of a dream: to have a single-stem cam that stays rigid in-hand, but flexes ...

BD Vision 3x2  © Black Diamond
BD Vision 3x2  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Vision Helmet + Vision MIPS

The most durable foam helmet in the Black Diamond line-up, the Vision helmet features a fusion of EPP foam, an EPS foam puck, and a ABS shell, which keeps the dings and dents at bay, while remaining incredibly lightweight at just 215 grams.

airNET Harness  © Black Diamond
airNET Harness  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond airNET Harness

Developed in collaboration with BD Athlete Adam Ondra, the airNET is a cutting-edge harness that features our patented airNET Technology—an ultra-breathable fabric for high-end performance sport climbing that distributes loads evenly across the "net"...

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Black Diamond Approach Shoes  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Approach Shoes

For Spring/Summer 2020 Black Diamond have introduced a range of Approach Shoes that cover all bases. Whether you're...

La Sportiva Theory and Solution Comp

La Sportiva have two new shoes arriving for SS'20: the Solution Comp and the Theory. Extreme sensitivity combined...

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#21 Camalot C4  © Black Diamond

Introducing the #21 Camalot C4

BD Athlete Alex Honnold has never been a fan of wide cracks, or as he puts it a little more bluntly: "Offwidth climbing...


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