Tonight (Tues 22 November) BBC Scotland will be showing a programme that aims to show that rock climbing started in the Northwest of Scotland rather than the English Lake District as is usually claimed.
On The First Great Climb three of Scotland’s best climbers embark on a challenging mission to scale the Great Stac of Handa, an isolated pillar of rock on the north-west coast. Dave MacLeod, Dave Cuthbertson and Donald King hope to replicate an ascent first made by a trio of climbers from Lewis nearly 140 years ago, using only equipment and clothing that would have been available to their predecessors.
The programme has been made by Triple Echo Productions which recently won a BAFTA for last year’s Great Climb featuring Dave Macleod on Harris. Narrated by Dougie Vipond, the hour long programme will go out at 7pm on BBC2 Scotland, Tuesday 22 November.