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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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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 the route in 2007 when a crucial hold broke off on the crux section, stopping his progress. Over ten years later, he ...

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 for bold routes with a ferocity that belies their relatively short length. For the moment, we have to admire Ben Nevis in all its...

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 explores Dave's obsession with exploration and climbing new routes in some of Scotland's most remote and scenic corners. This outtake...

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

Open any Scottish guidebook and one name will be credited with some of the hardest lines, typically in...

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 has made the third ascent of Malcolm Smith's Hunger 9a at The Anvil at Loch Goil. In 2018, Will Bosi made...

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 has completed his long-term project at Binnein Shuas, Lochaber, to make the first ascent of Mind Riot...

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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Black Diamond Session Approach Shoe

With its funky flip-down heel and soft sock-like fit, the Session is a comfy and convenient slip on/slip off shoe for bouldering and sport climbing, inside or out. It's too casual for longer or more rugged approaches, but in its niche we think it's a...

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Bombproof Winter Mountain Shells

What's the ideal shell for Scottish winter climbing and gnarly hill walks? A beefy and protective one! Here we review tough technical jackets from 12 leading manufacturers.

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