Dave MacLeod

Scottish lone wolf who has performed at a very high level across many disciplines. Dave has established or repeated almost all the hard climbing in Scotland, from 8B+ boulder problems to grade XI winter routes.


Features in Cutting Loose.


Dave MacLeod
Added at 22:01 on 18 January 2021
Hunger (9a)
Added at 18:12 on 18 December 2020
Practice of the Wild (8C)
Added at 18:12 on 18 December 2020
Darwin Dixit (8b+)
Added at 09:12 on 19 December 2020
Catalan Witness the Fitness (8B+)
Added at 09:12 on 19 December 2020
Natural Method (8B+, FA)
Added at 09:12 on 19 December 2020
Gut Buster (8B+)
Added at 09:12 on 19 December 2020
The Walk of Life (E9)
Added at 22:12 on 27 December 2020
Rhapsody (E11, FA)
Added at 22:12 on 27 December 2020
Return of the King (E9)
Added at 15:01 on 06 January 2021
From Shallow Water to Riverbed (8B+)
Added at 15:01 on 06 January 2021
4th Wave (8B, FA)
Added at 15:01 on 06 January 2021
Gimme that Swing (8B, FA)
Added at 15:01 on 06 January 2021
One Summer in Paradise (8B)
Added at 15:01 on 06 January 2021
Natural Method (8B+, FA)
Added at 08:01 on 14 January 2021
Pressure (8B, FA)
Added at 08:01 on 14 January 2021
Indian Face (E9)
Added at 10:01 on 14 January 2021
Zero (8B, FA)
Added at 14:05 on 13 May 2021
If 6 was 9 (E9)
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Added at 08:08 on 24 August 2021
Breathless (E9)
Added at 20:09 on 17 September 2021
Hold Fast, Hold True (E10)
Added at 06:09 on 22 September 2021
Mind Riot (E10, FA)
Added at 07:09 on 22 September 2021
Hurley Burley (8b)
Added at 13:07 on 01 July 2021
Mnemosyne (E9, FA)
Added at 17:09 on 13 September 2021


42 recorded ascents.

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
Practice of the Wild 8C (Boulder) 01 May 2016 (approx)



Big Long Now 8B+ (Boulder) 01 Aug 2008 (approx)
Seven of Nine 8B+ (Boulder) 01 Apr 2011 (approx)
Natural Method 8B+ (Boulder) 01 May 2012 (approx)



Lithium 8B+ (Boulder) 01 Mar 2017 (approx)


New Base Line 8B+ (Boulder) 30 Apr 2012 (approx)
Mystic Stylez 8B+ (Boulder) 01 May 2012 (approx)


Gut Buster 8B+ (Boulder) 01 Mar 2018


From Shallow Water to Riverbed 8B+ (Boulder)


Catalan Witness the Fitness 8B+ (Boulder)


Perfect Crime 8B (Boulder) 01 Mar 2005 (approx)
Pressure 8B (Boulder) 01 Dec 2005 (approx)


Sanction 8B (Boulder) 01 Feb 2006 (approx)
At Eternity's Gate 8B (Boulder) 01 May 2010 (approx)
4th Wave 8B (Boulder) 01 Jan 2015 (approx)


Gimme that Swing 8B (Boulder) 24 Mar 2016


Zero 8B (Boulder) 01 Jan 2021 (approx)


One Summer in Paradise 8B (Boulder) 01 Nov 2015 (approx)



Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
Echo Wall E11 (Lead) 01 Jul 2008 (approx)

On the grade:

Do you see my problem? I am uncomfortable with the feeling of grades advancing too quickly due to overgrading, but on the other hand feel that Echo Wall might well earn a laughable quanta of E points over anything else I’ve done, based on the way the E scale has been used traditionally over the past couple of decades. I just don’t know. [1]

[1] https://davemacleod.blogspot.com/2008/10/grade-of-echo-wall.html

[2] https://www.davemacleod.com/shop/echowall

Rhapsody E11 (Lead)


To Hell and Back E10 (Lead) 24 Jul 2007
Die by the Drop E10 (Lead) 12 Nov 2010 (approx)

I guess I was in the right frame of mind, so I led it anyway. Of course the inevitable happened and everything went wrong on the crux. I caught the thumb press but at the same time my toes seemed to buckle on a tiny smear and my body arched backwards. In that breath, I fully expected to fall. But at least I also fully accepted I was committed. So survival instinct could fully kick in and I pressed down into the crimp I’d locked to my knee level with strength you only get above an unprotected drop. That was enough to escape the impending splat and I pressed on, wobbling like jelly, all the way to the top. [1]

[1] https://davemacleod.blogspot.com/2010/11/die-by-drop-e10-7a.html

[2] https://www.ukclimbing.com/videos/categories/trad_climbing/dave_macleod_-die_by_the_drop-_e10-409

Mind Riot E10 (Lead) 01 Oct 2019 (approx)


What we do in the Shadows E10 (Lead) 05 Oct 2021
Hold Fast, Hold True E10 (Lead Did not finish)


Achemine E9 (Lead) 09 Oct 2001


Longhope Route Direct E9 (Lead) 21 Jun 2011
Mnemosyne E9 (Lead) 12 Sep 2021 (approx)


Divided Years E9 (Lead) 01 Jul 2006 (approx)

Third ascent.

If 6 was 9 E9 (Lead) 01 Jan 2007 (approx)

The long awaited second ascent.


The Walk of Life E9 (Lead) 01 Jan 2009 (approx)



Indian Face E9 (Lead) 01 Jun 2010 (approx)



Muy Caliente! E9 (Lead) 26 Sep 2010

Third ascent.


Breathless E9 (Lead)


Return of the King E9 (Lead)


Doug E8 (Solo Did not finish)

Dave snapped a pebble and broke his ankle while going for a headpoint ascent.

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date