The Reign is Over (F8c) â€“ latest new route at Malham from Steve McClure
- Saturday 15th August 2020 at 5.31am
April 23rd; 2018
Steve McClure has ventured ‘upstairs’ for his latest new route at Malham; characteristically he came away with one of the hardest route climbed up there with The Reign is Over (F8c).
Steve on the spectacular upper roof of The Reign is Over. Photo Keith Sharples
With such a poignant name as that, you might think that Steve is making a point. CLIMBER asked Steve if that was the case; “It’s a reference to the end of the rain this season, plus it’s the end of the reign that was over me for 15 years from that bit of rock below! Plus in a way, the end of MY reign on that bit of rock too!” Hmmm, seems he is making a point then with the name!!
The Upper Tier at Malham is home to a number of fingery test-pieces but none anywhere near as savage as the main wall above the catwalk. The hardest Upper Tier route remains the unrepeated 1995 offering from John Dunne, Total Eclipse. Total Eclipse has been the subject of some controversy although Adam Ondra did try the route on one of his visits a few years ago but was stopped by wet holds. Perhaps Steve’s latest route could signal a resurgence in interest in an area of the crag that has been somewhat ignored.
Steve on the lower wall of The Reign is Over. Photo Keith Sharples
The Reign is Over starts up The Toad of Beck Hall (F7b+), something of a gnarly crimpy route in its own right. However, when that route finishes at about half-height Steve’s route kicks-in with a hard boulder problem and then a monster roof above. In contrast to Rainman, Steve’s latest route only took him a few days to clean and climb.
More details will follow in the next edition of CLIMBER.