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Dave MacLeod Sends New 40-Move V14 in U.K.

Dave MacLeod has announced that he finally ticked his monster bouldering project in Arisaig Cave in the U.K. MacLeod first looked at the problem nearly a decade ago and went on to send a number of lines around it.

The long climb requires a number of tricks, from awkward knee-bar rests to hard-to-read cruxes. MacLeod wrote about the send on his blog: “I have gone round in circles with the grade for a day or two. 8B+ [V14] in the U.K. is pretty tough. I am not certain this is a grade harder than some of them, nor have I done enough of them to know.

“So since I am not sure, I’ll just go with 8B+. I also completed the project quicker than I expected, a sure sign that it is easier than my initial expectation.” MacLeod spent much of last year with a broken leg and ankle. “So I arrived at the crux with a fresh mind, unhindered by any sense of occasion, and was free just to be in the moment and give it everything.”