Dave MacLeod repeats Super Size Me, Font 8b

by Mick Ryan Dave MacLeod, Super Size Me Font 8b. In February, Dave MacLeod and Tim Emmett climbed the hardest winter route on Ben Nevis when they continued up steep mixed ground above the exit to the Italian Route (grade III) to give a VIII/9. If you remember Dave also climbed the hardest summer route on the Ben last August with his Anubis E8 6c on Comb Buttress. (Last year Dave also made the third ascent of John Dunne´s test-piece Breathless on Tophet Wall which he down-graded to E9). This weekend MacLeod switched to dry rock and did the second ascent of Super Size Me, Font 8b at Dumbarton Rock. Dave reports to UKClimbing.com, “It was put up by Malcolm Smith lastJune (I was getting close then too but he beat me toit!!). It takes a big diagonal line across a 40 degreeface on the boulder, linking up several problems with no let up. Basically Font 7a traverse into Pongo SS. Up this(Font 8a) and reverse the traverse of In Bloom (Font 7c) into Slap Happy Font 7a to finish. About 30 moves intotal.” Dave has now done all three Font 8b´s in Scotland, the other two being Pressure and The Perfect Crime, both at Dumbarton Rock. Thanks to John Watson of Stone Country for the photo in this report.