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Below Zero 8B+ | Weekly Video

In typical Scotsman style, this week’s video from Dave MacLeod is short but sweet. With fellow Scot, Will Bosi, having made the first ascent of Below Zero at the start of January (the stand start to Macleod’s boulder, Zero, 8B), it was only a matter of time before Mr Scotland himself turned up to dispatch the problem. Found on the Wobble Block at Rooftown, the climb takes in everything the rock has to offer, notably featuring a hideous undercut rollover crux that Dave dispatches with ease on his send attempt.

It’s rare to see Dave settling for the second ascent on a problem that he discovered but, with Bosi claiming the first tick after Macleod’s elbow injury, it gives us a rare insight into Dave’s level compared to the other top climbers in the UK. So much of Dave’s content focusses on his quest for new rock in the highlands and, although a splendid watch, can leave us wondering how he stacks up compared to the young guns. But, with Will coming to sample his work, we’re left with no doubt that Dave is still at the top of the UK’s climbing scene, putting down hard ticks across every discipline. Enjoy this one, Dave’s commentary is fascinating and his attention to micro-beta detail is not to be missed.