Rhapsody For McClure

by Mick Ryan Rhapsody In a forthcoming UKClimbing.com article on the UK Climbing Year 2007, Steve McClure looks ahead to 2008 and what he has planned. So what is in store, or planned for Steve McClure in 2008? “The thing at Kilnsey. Perhaps a look at Rhapsody, though I don´t pretend for a minute I´m gonna just go and do it; just a look see, and to get fitter and stronger.” Rhapsody is the Dave MacLeod route at Dumbarton given the groundbreaking grade of E11 for an onsight ascent. Also at Katherine Schirrmacher´s website, www.lovetoclimb.co.uk there is an interview with Steve that says the same thing.”I already have done plenty of trad where the sport climbing skills, particularly the focus, made a big difference. I´ll never be a big trad climber, as in big numbers, as they require a degree of risk I don´t think I can justify. However, safe, hard trad interests me more than anything, it´s just that there aren´t that many of them around. Strawberries ? yes, I just need to go and try; Rhapsody, it´s on the list for this spring..” You can read Katherine´s interview with Steve McClure,here