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Possible 5.15a by Steve McClure

British stalwart Steve McClure has added what is possibly another 5.15a link-up to the imposing limestone crag of Malham Cove, near Yorkshire, England.

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McClure onsighting <em>Resistance</em> (5.14a) in Argentina. Photo by Will Hummel. ” src=”https://d1vs4ggwgd7mlq.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/Article-Images/News-Photos/McClure.jpg” />British stalwart Steve McClure has added what is possibly another 5.15a link-up to the imposing limestone crag of Malham Cove, near Yorkshire, England. McClure’s new line links the beginning of <em>Bat Route</em> (5.14b) into a previously unclimbed 5.14c section of stone,  then finishes on the top of <em>Bat Route. </em>McClure named his new route <em>Batman </em>and suggests 9a/9a+ [5.14d/5.15a] for the grade. “It doesn’t matter what ‘9’ it is; 9a, 9a+ or 9b is just off the pace,” wrote McClure on 8a.nu. “However, it’s not a bad thing to put some kind of marker on a route. It’s up to the first ascensionist to at least have a stab; in a way it’s their duty.”</p>
<p>McClure bolted  <em>Batman </em>in 2010, however, his initial goal was to link into the new section of 5.14c climbing via his 2003 route <em>Rainshadow</em> (5.14d). McClure considers this project—dubbed <em>The Easy Easy</em>—to be significantly harder. “Through <em>Rainshadow</em> was too far for me this season, but showed the difficulty, as when trying this way I was climbing through the <em>Rainshadow</em> crux 2 or 3 times a day,” said McClure. “Pleasing; as when I climbed <em>Rainshadow</em> I only ever made it through the crux twice. This shows real progress with my climbing, and that the new line is considerably harder, whichever start was used!”</p>
<p>Here is a great video by Alastair Lee of McClure climbing <em>Rainshadow</em> (5.14d).</p>
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