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The Sunday Telegraph - Travel - - Cover Story -

When the Bri­tish climber Steve McClure com­pleted Rain­man in Mal­ham Cove in the York­shire Dales this June, he upped the ante of UK climb­ing. Put our first 9b-grade route (Bri­tish climbers rank routes from four to nine, a to c – the higher the num­ber and let­ter, the greater the dif­fi­culty) on the “do later” list. McClure, one of the best pro sport climbers in the world, made 100 at­tempts over 10 years be­fore he tri­umphed.

Warm up in­stead on Rain­shadow, an early stage of Rain­man. On a mag­nif­i­cent pol­ished ledge known

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