Meet the 7 Year Old Mountaineer Who Climbed a 3,349ft Tall Cliff

Marcus McGinley and his father Martin, 36, tackled the Grade 3 route on Curved Ridge on 3,349ft tall Stob Dearg in the Highlands on Saturday, October 16.

Footage filmed by British Army soldier Martin showed the pair approaching the 2,788ft cliff face as they looked out over the Scottish Highlands.

The adventurous duo, from East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, were up and down the summit within seven hours, taking several breaks in between.

Marcus wore a climbing helmet as he tackled the scrambling route, Curved Ridge, hauling himself up through each stage of the climb while facing up huge drops down the face.

As Marcus neared the summit he waved and when he reached the top he raised his arms in celebration.

Martin, a Reconnaissance Patrol Commander in the British Army, said: ‘Marcus and myself have been doing this for 4/5 years now together. We only ever do it in great weather conditions and if he wants to.

‘Curved Ridge was a different level for him. We broke it down into different levels and you could see the joy on his face when he reached his own mini-goals.

‘The reason we ended up doing Curved Ridge was because I mentioned to him one day whilst having lunch at The Kingshouse Hotel across from it that it was my favourite mountain.

‘I told him about the climb and he said he wanted to do it. So that was enough for me. It was special to share that with him.’

Martin said the route was his son’s ‘most physically demanding route to date’ but the schoolboy claimed his legs felt fine as the day ended.

He added: ‘We then went home, had a movie night and the both of us crashed out around half-past ten.’

‘[He] has shown interest in climbing Ben Nevis as it’s the highest in the UK.

‘I’ll maybe take him up via Tower Ridge. I think the next one for us is Aonach Eagach Ridge which is the narrowest in Britain, but we would break it up with a summit camp in the middle.’

Stob Dearg is the highest peak of Buachaille Etive Mòr, and one of the most famous sights of the Highlands standing 1,021 metres tall.

Martin shared the footage on Facebook the next day with a caption that read: ‘A wee video I made from yesterday with Marcus climbing Curved Ridge at 7 years old.’

More than 300 viewers liked the post, with many leaving comments congratulating the youngster on his impressive achievement.

Anne L Camp wrote: ‘What a wee cutie, he’s amazing. Making that parent proud. Well done to you both.’

Alan Thurlow said: ‘You must be so proud. Fantastic experience, thanks for sharing.

‘It looked amazing and professional with all the safety equipment, and of course, you’re and excellent climber yourself. Well done gentlemen.’

Richie Iddon commented: An amazing experience for the wee man. Great to see him on an iconic ridge.

‘We climbed it a couple of years ago and may have a go this winter. It won’t be too long before the wee man is climbing up there with no rope and on his own. Well done dad, great video.’

And Karen Devenport added: Epic dude. Awesome young man.’

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