We recently visited Glen Nevis in Scotland to catch up with Dave MacLeod. We went up the glen to a superb new bouldering venue first discovered by John Watson. One bloc alone promises at least three major hard new lines; the best probably at font 8b+ (V14).
On our second day of filming, Dave had become more excited than I recall ever seen him before. He had just unlocked a sequence of moves on the hardest line, using an Egyptian to stabilise him as he threw for a non existant hold.
I was impressed, but only just.
Let's face it. There isn't a single hard route or boulder problem that Dave has ever climbed without using at least one Egyptian. In fact, if I had been paying more attention, I might well have suggested, 'why don't you try an Egyptian?' But no, Dave was excited. Very excited. Totally animated, in fact. On the threshold (or at least at the solution) to a world class bouldering ascent.
What happened next...
Music by Chris Hall - AKA DJ b-burg
Terminal? Way too early to say. But if it wasn't Font 8b+ before then it certainly is now. Such setbacks are part of the deal when making first ascents. At least Dave has the consolation of pursuing his climbing dreams at one of the most beautiful locations on the planet.