Trad M10 in Scotland


Dave MacLeod has climbed The Hurting, a summertime E4 6a (hard 5.11) on Cairngorm, creating Scotland’s first Grade XI route, according to The Scottish XI 11 grade translates roughly to M9+ or M10 climbing with groundfall potential. MacLeod climbed the route on his second attempt, placing gear entirely on the lead, in blizzard conditions and with verglas-covered cracks.

See for more details and a lengthy discussion of the route.