Dave MacLeod is back with another video of cutting-edge trad in the Scottish Highlands. This time Dave has company in the form of fellow Scotsman, professional climber and YouTuber, Robbie Phillips, who has been partnering Dave on the quest for Scotland’s next bold trad line. Well, that line came in the form of ‘What We Do in The Shadows’, E10 7a; first discovered by Phillips at Duntelchaig, the route features 8c level climbing on gear with a 7C+ boulder crux right at the death. You can watch Robbie's FA below:
Robbie claimed the first ascent in October 2021 with Dave swiftly snagging the second ascent on the same day. Although the moves aren’t the smoothest to watch, the pure aesthetic of the rock, the crag and the setting is a particular highlight, truly encapsulating the rugged beauty of the Scottish landscape. MacLeod was ready to lead the route in October of 2020 having successfully top roped the route on a number of occasions but chose not to, instead waiting through numerous Covid lockdowns for Robbie to claim the first ascent nearly a year later. The psyche is high in this one, a great collaboration and an even better route – enjoy!