Last week, Dave MacLeod made news when he reported that he had free soloed Darwin Dixit (5.14b) at Margalef, Spain. As Gabor pointed out in the comments at the time, Kairn.com was raising a question about the grade of the route. They seemed to be downplaying the effort by pointing out that Chris Sharma onsighted Darwin Dixit and thought it was 5.13d, not 5.14b. UKClimbing.com caught up with MacLeod and asked him to comment on this news. Here is what he had to say:
For sure Darwin Dixit is very soft for 8c, but in my opinion it’s a systematic thing with Spain in general. In Margalef itself I did Los Ultimo Hippies 8c, Alzeimer Brothers 8b+, Luxury 8b+, Double Illuna 8b+ and La Puta Rue 8b+ and I found Darwin Dixit harder than all those and it took me more tries too. I can’t say much more than that really!
Check out the full post at UKClimbing to read Dave’s thoughts on the other question people have raised about the crux of the route not being all that far off the ground.