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Malham (Again) - Steve Mcclure

 
Malham (Again) - Steve Mcclure
 
May 16, 2011 - 
 

Lucky for us this is such a good cliff, as we don’t have that many world class sport venues. This isn’t Spain. But we do have a few. This is the most important confirmation Adam Ondra has made, the fact that he’s returned for a second week means he must like it here, after all, he could go anywhere in the world for sure.

 

Lucky for us Malham is such a good cliff, as we don’t have that many world class sport venues. This isn’t Spain. But we do have a few. This is the most important confirmation Adam Ondra has made, the fact that he’s returned for a second week means he must like it here, after all, he could go anywhere in the world for sure.

At last he repeated Overshadow and I think reckoned it was a hard 9a+. 7 days of effort confirmed what I always thought, it’s just a hard route to do! That sounds obvious, but its one of those routes that should be easier, but just doesn’t give up, spitting you off when glory was already half grasped. I watched him zip up the start yesterday. Amazing. It was also amazing how our sport is so open to all, with Adam, the best climber in the world, swapping goes on the first part of the route with Carl Bacon who made a cool redpoint of Overnite Sensation (8a+). Adam was just as psyched for Carl as Carl was for him. We are all equal really, just people, trying hard on great routes.

I was trying hard on a great route too. I’m back in the tunnel now, project world. It’s been super easy to enter this year, fitting in really well around work and other stuff that is keeping me back home for now. Normally I’m distracted, it’s a big sport, but this time everything outside my blinkered vision is blurred and there is a light at the end of the tunnel that I am starting to see. I’ve forgotten how many days I have tried this new project, maybe about 10, but it’s coming together now. Yesterday I took a high point about 9 moves after the crux of Rainshadow, but that’s still about 10 moves from where I can get my first vague rest, and after that it’s still 8a to the top. So maybe not close, but there’s no rush. It’s all about the journey.

 

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