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Freak injury puts Great Climb at risk

One of the two climbers set to take part in the BBC’s Great Climb to be broadcast from Sron Ulladale in two days time, has suffered a severe ankle injury which may put the event in jeopardy. Dave Macleod, who has spent much of the last month checking out routes on the overhanging cliff on Harris alongside fellow climber Tim Emmett, was hit by a falling rock the size of a breeze block on Monday. The rock caught Dave Macleod’s unprotected ankle causing a 3cm gash down to the bone. After abseiling back down, the deep cut required 5 stitches and Dave Macleod has been resting it since then hoping it will heal sufficiently for him to take part in the live broadcast on Saturday 28 August.

Writing on his blog, Dave Macleod said, “Whether it works out on the day might, among other things of course, come down to how much I can get my swollen, hurting ankle to calm down in the next 48 hours. Better get another ice pack.”

The Great Climb has been in the planning stages for years and be broadcast for six hours on BBC2 Scotland and the BBC HD digital channel. It follows a similar epic climb in the Cairngorms in 2007 which was cancelled due to bad weather. Weather is likely to be a major factor in whether this climb in the Outer Hebrides in successful. The overhanging route on Sron Ulladale is notorious for fierce winds which will also make working conditions difficult for the 50-strong production team. The continuous route has been chosen because of its difficulty and is likely to keep viewers gripped as they watch two of the UK’s top climbers tackle each pitch.

Keep up to date with progress of Dave Macleod’s recovery and the planning for the Live Climb at his blog where there are also a couple of gory photos of his ankle injury. The Great Climb will be broadcast at 13:35 on BBC2 Scotland on Saturday 28 August.

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