The full version is an incredible stamina test which packs an 8a+ on top of the already desperate 8b+. There is a rest at the Mecca flake and a breather higher up before the upper crux.
FFA. Steve McClure 1998. It had been a long-standing project of Mark Leach's but, after working the top section, he was unable to repeat Mecca in order to attempt the link. FA. Graham West, Barry Roberts 1960. The original aided line is well to the left of the free line of Mecca although several lines were taken on the early aided attempts.
I have a list of photos on the day Mark reached his high point. He almost reached the top, it was an incredible site, made it look easy, Tony Mitchell was belaying him! When I asked him later if he had done it yet, he said, like you, that he couldnt face doing M.L.C every time!
Stu Terracottages - 08/Feb/02
Unfortunately a hold has snapped off at start of top crux making it much much harder, therefor following discussion with others at the crag i have done some surgery and replaced the hold as best possible to restore this brilliant route to being climbable again. i know this is not the greatest way forward but its a shame to see the route go to waste.
simon - 24/May/03
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