Repeating Neil's E11 Lexicon


In 2006 I climbed the first trad route in the world to get the grade of E11. Fifteen years later, Neil Gresham made the first ascent of Lexicon in the Lake District, grading E11. I wondered if I could still climb this huge grade.
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  • richard birnie
    richard birnie12 күн бұрын

    I'd love to see a video on climbing harder and improving as an 'older' climber. At 42 I'd resigned myself to pottering in the beginner grades forever. Any tips on how to change that mindset and not limiting goals would be great.

  • kyle Hawkins

    kyle Hawkins

    4 күн бұрын

    @Fat Climber what V9 did you send?

  • Aidan Clifford

    Aidan Clifford

    6 күн бұрын

    @Setadoon you are a beast.

  • James Cripps

    James Cripps

    7 күн бұрын

    @megatonante stretch more and mobility training can help a lot, also not just crushing every session but having what I call "fun climb" days where you don't push yourself and focus on keeping it fun

  • megatonante


    7 күн бұрын

    how do people go bouldering three times a week. Maybe I can sustain two times a a week but three times means a lot of injuries and pain here and there. I'm 30.

  • steve Miller

    steve Miller

    10 күн бұрын

    @Campbell Godfrey Interesting. I've squeaked out 8a but feel like I'm barely climbing v7 in the gym!

  • Filipe Prates
    Filipe Prates12 күн бұрын

    That Steve Mclure fall is simply crazy E9+ climbers kinda scare me

  • Iain Kelly

    Iain Kelly

    12 күн бұрын

    E6 climbers scare me! 😅

  • Tristan Mayfield
    Tristan Mayfield12 күн бұрын

    Yes of course a follow up would be great! Did you think anyone wouldn't want that! Great climbing as well!

  • David Kerkeslager
    David Kerkeslager12 күн бұрын

    Wow Dave, congrats on your second(?) E11! I'm always excited to hear the details of your training, especially as a climber only a few years younger than you.

  • Alpine Kiwi
    Alpine Kiwi4 күн бұрын

    Impeccable climbing, filming and editing. Well done on the climb!

  • Ryan Blanchard
    Ryan BlanchardКүн бұрын

    Yes! I’d love to see a follow up. Your tactics are always incredibly well thought out and planned. I would love to get a further peak into your madness!

  • meretruant
    meretruant12 күн бұрын

    Would definitely love to see a follow up. The climbing and training advice are what brought me to the channel, but the incredible landscape shots always keep me coming back.

  • Leon Cameron
    Leon Cameron10 күн бұрын

    watching your index ping off that slot was a heart-in-the-mouth moment! What an effort to get back on that hold. Fantastic stuff Dave!

  • Iain McKenzie Guitar
    Iain McKenzie Guitar12 күн бұрын

    Well done Dave. As ever, you're an inspiration.

  • Seba Borbolla Climbs
    Seba Borbolla Climbs7 сағат бұрын

    I would really love to see the video on the tactics, but physical and psychological, that you used. As always, thanks a ton for the great content, and stay psyched :)

  • Barnabé Joyau
    Barnabé Joyau12 күн бұрын

    Great video, more like a documentary really! It could be great to have some insights on the tactics you implemented, as well as the diet that you tried prior to do Lexicon! Thanks for sharing your work, cheers from Britanny!

  • Nathan Riley
    Nathan Riley12 күн бұрын

    Tactics video would definitely be appreciated. Also curious about your opinion of the modifiable adopted behaviors you reference.

  • Troy Smith
    Troy Smith5 күн бұрын

    Well done, Dave! Really enjoyed the project progression and that was such a nice send

  • Tom Norton
    Tom Norton12 күн бұрын

    Amazing Dave, great to see the process on such a scary climb!

  • Dylan Clarke
    Dylan Clarke12 күн бұрын

    Great climb David, very inspiring! As a climber who started a bit later in life (mid 20s indoor, late 20s outdoor) your words at the end really struck home as someone who feels like they started climbing too late to attain leads on harder grades. Just goes to show its all about the effort you give and keeping a young and energetic attitude towards life instead of looking at the age and the stereotype of losing vitality as you get older.

  • Seano


    11 күн бұрын

    I wish I started in my 20's. Started at 32, now 36. Sent one 13+ and working towards my first 14a. Never too late and diet is everything.

  • Spencer Wood
    Spencer Wood12 күн бұрын

    Such a good video, one of your best IMO. Your effort at the end is inspiring. Big props to you, Neil, and Steve on the route!

  • Look good feel good
    Look good feel good7 күн бұрын

    Wow, amazing Dave! I’m a bit older these days at 48 and have unfortunately suffered a ground fall 10 years ago breaking my pelvis and other injuries but I still love climbing and still like to think I can improve my climbing and confidence. But most certainly anything you would like to say about the mentality of how much run out routes or anything that gives you pause on more than risky routes would be great to hear about. I think being physically fit and ready from that standpoint is a big confidence builder. But I’m no pro and so my life doesn’t revolve only basically around climbing. There’s quite a lot of differences between us Joe climbers and pro guys but there are always us joes can learn from the pros like yourself. Thank you for your time Dave. I certainly really appreciate these videos and the narration!! Stay safe out there! God Bless 🙏🏻🙂edit my bad man you have covered mental strength on the rock many times-remember appreciate it

  • Colin Bone Dodds
    Colin Bone Dodds12 күн бұрын

    What a fantastic film. I'm amazed that you have the capacity to prepare for such a hard climb whilst shooting such excellent footage. Cheers.

  • Seeking Snow
    Seeking Snow2 күн бұрын

    Wow, great story Dave. Thanks for breaking down the journey and method you used to accomplish this route.

  • Craig Randall
    Craig Randall12 күн бұрын

    Incredible, Dave! What a cool way to show your preparation and planning on this.

  • Haragus Vlad
    Haragus Vlad5 күн бұрын

    Huge congrats!!! You are such an inspiration Dave, just turned 44 a month ago and my climbing is getting better than ever and mostly because of advices I picked up from your videos, nutrition being key, of course. Thanks for the inspiration Dave!💪💪

  • Fresh Clip Media
    Fresh Clip Media11 күн бұрын

    I for one would definitely love to see more training and tactics content.

  • Logan Gilbert
    Logan Gilbert11 күн бұрын

    Absolutely brilliant. Super informative and well thought out, as always. With the addition of having me absolutely gripped at the end. Nice!

  • Asdaq Raja
    Asdaq Raja12 күн бұрын

    Great ascent! Would be class to get into the nitty gritty of the work behind your ascent 👌🏽

  • ZPhysics
    ZPhysics12 күн бұрын

    This was a truly fantastic film, Dave! Well done!

  • Jesse Firestone
    Jesse Firestone12 күн бұрын

    Dave, your willingness to share your knowledge and experience, and the effort you put in to assemble these videos, are utterly commendable. Thank you and congrats on the send

  • fernando sanz
    fernando sanz12 күн бұрын

    Excellent!!!! I really love how you explain the whole process. thank you so much for sharing it

  • Paul Richardson
    Paul Richardson6 күн бұрын

    Great video as always Dave! I suffer from golfers elbow and find that the "armaid" has been a game changer. Might be worth looking into!

  • n8sfolly
    n8sfolly12 күн бұрын

    I really appreciate this video. I'm watching during a time that I am working a much safer 5.12b with excellent gear. Still the similarities of process are there. Hearing how you approach and deal with these climbs is incredibly helpful as there aren't many climbers in my area that are interested in even 5.11 trad. I would absolutely love a more granular dissection of your approach! I am still trying to push my climbing at 43, and you have always been a source of inspiration and information. Thank you for making such relatable content. It helps tremendously when I can actually see my own struggles reflected in the struggles faced by much stronger climbers.

  • MusicScala
    MusicScala12 күн бұрын

    Once again a huge inspiration Dave, congrats 🎉

  • Haglar
    Haglar12 күн бұрын

    Still got it 💪strongest lumbricals in the game with all those 3F drags

  • Dave MacLeod

    Dave MacLeod

    12 күн бұрын

    Mon the lumbricals.

  • guy wheeler
    guy wheeler12 күн бұрын

    Beautiful cinematography, super inspiring, and downright enjoyable to watch. That is a ballsy send for sure!

  • Sam B
    Sam B12 күн бұрын

    Lovely bit of filmmaking as well as some cracking climbing, great work Dave 🙌

  • ivan honza
    ivan honza3 сағат бұрын

    So beautiful area. Where is it? I've done a lot of soloclimbing on rope my self. Now I am 54. I've been on an off, but still I am coming back to climbing. I would really like to go to this place.

  • David Tay
    David Tay12 күн бұрын

    So good Dave! Would love a more detailed video on the tactics used to climb the route

  • Cottonseed1
    Cottonseed17 күн бұрын

    I would love to see a second video going into more detail on the preparation! Awesome video!

  • Matt Desenberg
    Matt Desenberg12 күн бұрын

    Nice one, super impressive as always. I always enjoy your discussions on tactics, etc.

  • MrAfricaturtle
    MrAfricaturtle12 күн бұрын

    Great to see you climb as hard as ever! And for the videos that feel honest and authentic. I too would love strategies for ageing climbers who do not have a long history of conditioning for climbing. Regardless of you future videos, thanks a lot.

  • Paul Morin
    Paul Morin12 күн бұрын

    Brilliant, Dave! Great as usual. Yes, more videos on the detailed tactics, please!

  • Productionbrikfilm
    Productionbrikfilm12 күн бұрын

    very intresting! as always, you are a big inspiration!

  • Harley Widdowson
    Harley Widdowson12 күн бұрын

    Cracking climb and fantastic video! Would love to see more on your tactics 💪

  • Zurbrügg Paul
    Zurbrügg Paul11 күн бұрын

    That is very impressive! I like this format when you talk about the whole way to get to a certain point and what it had taken to get there. So cool to see how you analyse almost everything, also analysis from the past. You are so inspiring! Thank you so much for the videos you make.

  • Maximus Mister
    Maximus Mister12 күн бұрын

    Amazing climber! Always fun climbing videos to enjoy watching and a real motivator! Also a testament to what a cool climber can do despite all the opposing factors he faces. (E.g the elbow, the crazy potential fall, etc etc)

  • benperd
    benperd12 күн бұрын

    This was amazing! Great production too. I’d definitely love to watch any updates on the process!

  • Masa Sakano
    Masa Sakano12 күн бұрын

    Top effort, Dave, as well as really good editing of the vid! Trembles of your calves at the crux(?) and then a bit of wobble of your feet at the last moves (after the crux?) tell what you went through… Well done!

  • marco catello
    marco catello12 күн бұрын

    Beatiful video! Loved all the shots of the surroundings. Amazing climb!

  • Asher Toback
    Asher Toback12 күн бұрын

    What a triumph, thanks for sharing Dave. Always happy when you release a new video.

  • Lim
    Lim12 күн бұрын

    Great video! Thanks for documenting this process. It was interesting to hear about your thoughts and doubts while you were climbing. Yes. Another video with more details on tactics would be welcome.

  • Matthew Evans
    Matthew Evans11 күн бұрын

    Great achievement, and continue to raise the bar re: video quality - superb watch!

  • Tim Mayer
    Tim Mayer12 күн бұрын

    Great job Dave on as a brutal route. I’m a little older than you and sharing your frustration with tennis elbow. I’ve been following your tips and getting stronger too, thanks for sharing, and continuing to be an inspiration

  • oldi6b tm 6t9d
    oldi6b tm 6t9d12 күн бұрын

    I love that you give us the full story in your videos! It makes the send in the end much more exciting to watch.

  • Adam Hyndman
    Adam Hyndman12 күн бұрын

    Fantastic video Dave, one of your best! Really appreciate you sharing your thoughts and breaking down how you approach these climbs.

  • Barnabé Joyau
    Barnabé Joyau12 күн бұрын

    What a great video! More like a documentary really, very interesting, thanks for sharing all the process and for your work! Cheers from Britanny :D

  • va7oloko
    va7oloko5 күн бұрын

    Amazing videos as always Dave! Keep them coming please. Are you writing a new book or doing research work?

  • kameron mccall
    kameron mccall7 күн бұрын

    What a fantastic video paired with an even more fantastic climb. Great work, as always.

  • Olivier Courtens
    Olivier Courtens5 күн бұрын

    This video is inspirational on so many levels Dave!

  • Sam Parker
    Sam Parker12 күн бұрын

    Great stuff as always Dave! You inspire me every time. Looking forward to continuing to improve like you, Neil, & Steve have even once I hit my 40s and 50s. It's just one of the many reasons I love this sport. You don't need to be limited by age to thrive.

  • brendanacord
    brendanacord12 күн бұрын

    That’s such an intense view of the lead go, can’t imagine what it really felt like but I think a lot of the intensity of controlling the fear and executing under such high duress comes through to the camera, way to go Dave!

  • steve Miller
    steve Miller10 күн бұрын

    Dave, we'll all be psyched to watch a video going into more details on the prep and psychology behind the send. As always, super inspirational!

  • theredwon
    theredwon10 күн бұрын

    Strong work, Dave! Inspirational.

  • Dren Dakar
    Dren Dakar12 күн бұрын

    Amazing as always. Loved seeing the legs shaking at the end, I assume was part pump part fear, super relatable and appreciated! Do the granular video, all of your "techy" stuff is super interesting.

  • jacobjekyll
    jacobjekyll10 күн бұрын

    Hi Dave, great film and congratulations on getting up it. inspiring. I'm really interested in the capabilities/limitations/psychology/training/recovery strategies of climbing harder and harder into my 50's (I've got 3 months of being 49 left).

  • Michael Graham
    Michael Graham12 күн бұрын

    Great footage of the top moves! Would love the follow up video on tactics.

  • Michael Erickson
    Michael Erickson12 күн бұрын

    Once again, excellent content and phenomenal climb. Personally enjoy the extra footage of Scotland. Moves it higher and higher up the list of places to visit and climb.

    SUBDUCT12 күн бұрын

    You make hands down the best UK focused trad climbing content going. Awesome video Dave, very impressive ascent.

  • Jack Pearce
    Jack Pearce11 күн бұрын

    Hi Dave! My friend Gwil and I recently went on a trip to Glen Pean and put up a few new lines. I'm currently working a video covering the problems and the experience and wondered whether I could use some footage from your vids covering the area just for the intro? We were incredibly inspired by what you shared of the Glen here on the channel and I would really like to get that across! Cheers!

  • Justin Simoni as: THE LONG RANGER
    Justin Simoni as: THE LONG RANGER12 күн бұрын

    Great video as always Dave.

  • Gary Wheaton
    Gary Wheaton7 күн бұрын

    Absolute favorite climber. Love me some Dave Mac videos!!

  • Dan Kozianski
    Dan Kozianski10 күн бұрын

    You are such an inspiration to improving the mind game. Great video!

  • Jos Mulder
    Jos Mulder12 күн бұрын

    Epic and inspiring, thanks Dave.

  • latinodeathjazz
    latinodeathjazz12 күн бұрын

    Congratulations Dave 👍🏻Your videos are a great motivational tonic to help shake off the COVID era malaise. Excellent cinematography and content as always! My family and I are returning to the UK from the tropics for the first time in three years - the excitement at the prospect of some fantastic climbing in beautiful and temperate English and Scottish surrounds is hard to articulate after so long away from home.

  • Christopher Kahler
    Christopher Kahler3 күн бұрын

    Amazing and thank you for making videos like this.

  • Daniele
    Daniele12 күн бұрын

    Very Nice video, Dave. Yes would definitely appreciate a video with further details on preparation for this ascent. Thanks

  • orc
    orc11 күн бұрын

    Awesome video and footage, more please!

  • Matt
    Matt12 күн бұрын

    Congrats Dave! Another absolutely incredible video, looking forward to what comes next.

  • Dave R
    Dave R10 күн бұрын

    Nice one Dave - Please keep the videos coming, keeps us old guys inspired we'll have some climbing days ahead of us once the nest is empty :lol

  • Jeff Miller
    Jeff Miller7 күн бұрын

    Way to go Dave! Loved the video and your insights. Climb on!

  • Dothackfreak11
    Dothackfreak1112 күн бұрын

    would love another video on this climb. well done mate!

  • PanzrKunst
    PanzrKunst11 күн бұрын

    What a legend. Thank you for your videos!

  • Elliot Walker
    Elliot Walker11 күн бұрын

    Absolutely excellent video Dave. Thank you. Looked a little touch and go going for the slot...