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