||MacLeod, Dave (1978-)|
||At the age of just 22 Bearsden-born MacLeod became one of Scotland’s leading all-round climbers, exhibiting outstanding ability in every aspect of the sport he has tried. Macleod’s flowering followed an intensive apprenticeship on his local outdoor climbing gym of Dumbarton Rock. Dave became such a permanent feature of the place that he attracted the nickname ‘Dumbie Dave’. During his ‘Dumbie phase’, which began when he was 17, MacLeod solved some of Dumbarton’s trickiest boulder problems. Micro-routes couldn’t hold him for long though and, armed with his newly-honed technical skills he climbed the formerly top-rope only Craig’s Wall at nearby Craigmore at the very hard grade of E7 6c. Next step was a trip south of the border to try out the English gritstone and at one point during his raids south did four E7s in one week. At the same time MacLeod achieved the second ascent of the impressive line of Dalriada (E8 6b) followed by Glen Nevis’s Femme Fatale (E8, 6c) which had been unrepeated since 1984. The English raids continued to be productive, with Gom Jabber (E8 6c) at Gardom’s Edge and Curbar’s Moon Madness (E8 6c) succumbing to the Scot. The angle of trajectory of Macleod’s ambition has continued to steepen and, following a full-time study of physiology at Glasgow Univesity, he has completed several very difficult first winter ascents in the Cairngorms and has worked on several extreme rock ‘projects’ throughout Scotland.
Further viewing: Cutting Loose (dir Nick Tarmey) Headwall productions
||Biographical information is kindly supplied by Colin Wells.|
||MacLeod, Dave (1978-)
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