Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

News

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.

Lock Icon

Become a member to unlock this story and receive other great perks.

Already have an Outside Account? Sign in

Outside+ Logo

All-Access
Intro Offer
$3.99 / month*

  • A $500 value with 25+ benefits including:
  • Access to all member-only content on all 17 publications in the Outside network like Rock and Ice, Climbing, Outside, Backpacker, Trail Runner and more
  • Annual subscription to Climbing magazine.
  • Annual gear guides for climbing, camping, skiing, cycling, and more
  • Gaia GPS Premium with hundreds of maps and global trail recommendations, a $39.99 value
  • Outside Learn, our new online education hub loaded with more than 2,000 videos across 450 lessons including 6 Weeks to Stronger Fingers and Strength Training for Injury Prevention
  • Premium access to Outside TV and 1,000+ hours of exclusive shows
  • Annual subscription to Outside magazine
Join Outside+

*Outside memberships are billed annually. Print subscriptions available to U.S. residents only. You may cancel your membership at anytime, but no refunds will be issued for payments already made. Upon cancellation, you will have access to your membership through the end of your paid year. More Details

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>
<p><iframe loading=