No Sorrows on the Cathedral

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Dave Macleod has completed his winter roof project on the Centre Peak of the Cobbler. The route named the 'The Cathedral' Graded X,11, features a 6 metre horizontal roof, the largest continuous roof yet climbed on a Scottish winter route! See NRDB.

This makes Scotland's second grade X,11, the first 'Crazy Sorrow' being climbed by Alan Mullin back in November 2002.

In contrast to Redpoint tactics adopted by Mark Garthwaite and Neil Gresham on their routes 'Logical Progression' and 'The Tempest' both graded M9, Dave decided on a solely ground up ascent of this obviously hard route. Having failed to onsight the line on a one day attempt last year, Dave returned on form from a recent trip to Switzerland, to complete the line first go (second day).

Debates over the future direction of scottish winter climbing rumble on. Especially of how the recent 'Drytooling' activities fit into affairs. Dave was clear in his choice of this new winter route that it should not follow an existing or potential summer line.

His trip to Switzerland with Scott Muir and others saw him repeat 'Vertical Limit' M12 (one of 4 worldwide) at Uschinen, as well as many other M10's, for more info check out PlanetFear. Such performances can only aid Muirs justification of venues such as 'The Tube' as extreme summer training venues for such routes.


Dave Redpath (30-01-2004)

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