As reported on Vertical Gear a few months back, Tyrolean climber Jacopo Larcher repeated Dave McLeod’s famously hard trad climb on Dumbarton Rock, Rhapsody (graded E11 7a), this May.
Once considered the toughest trad climb anywhere in the world, Rhapsody still represents a formidable challenge and Larcher became only the fifth climber to ascend the route on May the 7th when he battled his way to the top.
A video has emerged recently showing Larcher at work on the climb and discussing his motivation for tackling Rhapsody and what he learned from the experience. The climb was tougher than he expected and, as the video shows, he took a few scary looking whippers on a route known for its lack of protection.
The video also sees Larcher observe that “the weather didn’t really help. It was really cold and windy.” Of course it was Jacopo! You were in Scotland!
Check out the embedded footage of Larcher conquering Rhapsody, supported by Barbara Zangerl who tackled some imposing Dumby climbs of her own while the pair were in Scotland.