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Dave Redpath - 09/05/2003

Last Month Dave MacLeod, Niall McNair and myself headed of to Ceuse for a climbing holiday the Latter pair out there for a 3 week stay.

During the first week Dave managed to complete Question d' Equilibre 8b+, this was his third year trying it, recent progress felt it was quickly dispatched 2 RP Second day. Dave went on to work away at an 8c on Sector Biography but progress was thwarted when the crux footholds broke making the start feel more like font 8a! No sympathy however as Dave took away the onsight of the two Ceuse Classic 7c+s Mirage and Tenere. Both done within an hour, on a rest day! It must have been the onsight of a lifetime for Dave as he completed the final roof on Tenere, the late evening shade having followed him all the way up!

Niall meanwhile knocked his onsighting grade up first with Vagabond 7c then with Mirage 7c+. The first advance in Nialls sport onsighting since he did Hamish Teds 7b+ at Dunkeld at 17 years of age. Other notable 7b+ onsights from Niall were Blocage, Bibendum and Cent Patates. Niall also redpointed 8a with ascents of the classic Rosanna and Sans Peur et Sanglier 2nd redpoint.

Dave was also glad to hear of Malcom Smiths repeat and confirmation of his problem Sabotage Font 8a+ at Dumbarton. Recently Dave gave a lecture at Glasgow University as to complete his Grant contract which he was awarded to cover expenses during his 3 week stay at Ceuse. This was the first time a Sports Grant at this institution had been awarded for climbing. This was the fourth year in which Dave had applied for the grant, surely there could be no denying the mans caliber as an athlete any longer, especially since the Sabotage Footage made the news.

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