Steve McClure Makes the FA of Britain's Hardest Route: Rainman (5.15b/9b)

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Where is your limit? Would you recognize it? For Steve McClure, it’s an endless series of matchstick edges and nothing holds, high above England’s Yorkshire Dales. In 2017, Steve McClure finished his seven-year mega-project at Malham Cove: Rainman (5.15b/9b), the UK’s first route of the grade. Rainman climbs up Raindogs (5.13b/8a) then links the bulge into Rainshadow (5.14d/9a). After the crux of Rainshadow, which moves left onto better holds, Rainman blasts straight up to eventually join Bat Route. While Rainman links several existing routes, it also includes new terrain.