In the summer of 2014 Dave MacLeod set his sights on opening a hard new route on Cima Ovest in the Italian Dolomites. A bold objective for anyone at any time. For Dave though, this project brought with it some of the greatest challenges he has ever faced.
Over 4 weeks in the Dolomites consistently bad weather left just a handful of days where it was possible to get on the wall at all. But these precious few chances to make progress were compounded by the backdrop of a much more personal challenge. A series of injury problems had left Dave unsure of not only his ability to climb the route, but even questioning his future as an elite climber.
Despite the clouds hanging over him, Dave persevered and by applying his trademark total commitment was able to push beyond what seemed possible and go on to shatter his personal expectations.
This pivotal moment is documented in PROJECT FEAR, a film from Coldhouse Collective and Mountain Equipment. The full film is set to Premiere at this weekend’s Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, ticket and programme information available here
If you can’t make it to SHAFF then head to the Mountain Equipment Youtube Channel next week where we will be releasing the full film online. Until then here is a taster to keep you going:
You can read Dave’s account of the climb at www.davemacleod.com
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