Steve McClure has climbed a longstanding project at Nesscliffe, U.K., that he’s called GreatNess Wall E10 7a. The grade equates to about 5.14R, depending on how you break it down. A video of James McHaffie taking a big whipper on the project recently went viral, watch below.

McClure, 48, told ukclimbing.com that the route is “a total face climb, plum vertical, 18m high, with a horizontal break crossing the whole cliff at about 12m. This break divides the route into two completely different halves, fortunately with an excellent (preplaced) thread. Poor footholds with fast hand moves between the bad edges, hard food swaps, where if your feet go you are absolutely certainly out of there! There is nowhere to stop or think or compose yourself as you gain distance from the lonely thread below.”

McClure has climbed many of U.K.’s hardest routes, including the first ascents of Overshadow 5.15a and Rainman 5.15b at Malham Cove. In 1998, he made the first ascent of Mutation at Raven Tor, his first 5.14d and second 9a of U.K. in history.

McHaffie’s Whipper

Report error or omission

Related