The super-strong British team attempting to free a 400m Norwegian aid line has succeeded, climbing through the night to send the final pitches before a storm hit. It was a pretty close run thing – Jacob Cook
It was a pretty close run thing – Jacob Cook
Dave MacLeod, Calum Muskett and Jacob Cook have claimed the first free ascent of Disko 2000 (8a+, 400m) on Blamman. They had been attempting the line since early August and are understood to have topped out on Monday.
Jacob posted on his Facebook page: “We did it! SO PSYCHED to have made the first free ascent of Disko 2000 (8a+, 400m) on Blamman, Norway with Dave Macleod and Calum Muskett.
“It was a pretty close run thing. On our summit push Dave and I climbed through the night, the whole time we could see a big storm approaching. I was seconding the last pitch as the heavens opened and we were both soaked to the skin, amazing timing!”
Dave had spied the line four years ago on a Gore-Tex Experience Tour trip when he made the first free ascent of Bongo Bar (400m, 8a).
Judging by the photos on various blogs and social media pages, it was a bit chilly at times with snow patches lurking below the awesome north face.