Dave MacLeod – The 24/8 Project
Dave MacLeod talks about his remarkable project to climb an 8A boulder problem, an 8a sport route, an E8 trad route, a winter route graded VIII 8, plus eight Munros - inside 24 hours.
Big link-ups aren’t unusual, they can result in some of the best days out you can experience. Enchaining classic routes or ridges and covering lots of ground makes an otherwise familiar area feel altogether larger in scale. The challenge is normally personal, but with the complexity inevitably increasing as you factor in multiple types of rock climbing or higher crags.
Dave MacLeod has spent the ten years he’s lived at the foot of Ben Nevis wondering about the possibility of an ultimate multi-discipline link-up featuring ‘all the 8’s’ and taking in the best of all the styles of ascent the area has to offer.
In 24 hours, he wanted to climb an 8A boulder problem, an 8a sport route, an E8 trad route, a winter route graded VIII 8, plus eight Munros.
Spring was the obvious window of opportunity as winter held on in the highest corries as the weather in the valley improved, but as the years went by, days with everything in condition at the same time proved elusive. It finally all came together last March, towards the end of a remarkable winter with abundant snow and ice on the highest peaks. After a sustained period of freezing conditions, high pressure dominated bringing with it the blue skies and crisp conditions needed for 8A bouldering and difficult routes, but still with sufficient snow and rime remaining on Ben Nevis’s highest buttresses for a VIII 8 mixed line to be viable. Plus Kevin Woods the cameraman was available!
Hear Dave and Kevin pick up the story about this remarkable project.
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