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Just Released Clip of Dave MacLeod on Indian Face E9

Watch Dave MacLeod climbing the worlds most notorious E9 called Indian Face back in 2010 in this new-for-2019 web clip from Hot Aches Production. First put up by Johnny Dawes in the 1980s, it’s still recognized as a test-piece to any modern climber.

Dawes, one of Britain’s most influential rock climbers, made the first ascent of the 50-metre-long Indian Face on the Welsh crag Clogwyn d’ur Arddu in 1986. The route is an extremely bold line with very little protection, it made headlines in the national media as the “world’s hardest climb.” It was called a “turning point in climbing.”

In a blog post about his climb, “The myth about the difficulty of Indian Face has built up to an embarrassing level. As Dawes said to me this morning – “There is so much bullshit written about that route, you would think a Welsh dragon is going to swoop in and get you at the crux.” Follow Macleod on Instagram below.

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Bullworker 8A+ at Brin Rock. I only found out this line was here recently and went up for the afternoon and was able to do it in a quick session. Perhaps more soft 8A when comparing to another 8A+ I tried last week. Vid of this in my vlog (link in bio). Soooooo nice to have a chilled out boulder session on the rock after a long winter of training and work. Always feel so relaxed and happy after a day outside with cold air, grippy rock and listening to the sounds of the hills. .
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Indian Face