Alex Barrows


Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Date of birth: 25th February 1987
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 8B+
Hardest Sport (Worked): 9a
Hardest Sport (Onsight): 8b+
Hardest Sport (Flash): 8b+
Notable Partnerships
Ella Russell
Eddie Barbour
Social Media

Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Date of birth: 25th February 1987
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 8B+
Hardest Sport (Worked): 9a
Hardest Sport (Onsight): 8b+
Hardest Sport (Flash): 8b+
Notable Partnerships
Ella Russell
Eddie Barbour
Social Media

Podcasts


Pics + Vids

Kaa'bah (8c+)
Added at 12:12 on 22 December 2020
Preposterous Tales (9a, FA)
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Added at 15:05 on 08 May 2021
Le Souffle du Ragga (8b+)
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Added at 20:10 on 25 October 2021
Pilgrimage (8B+)
Added at 09:04 on 03 April 2022
Stamina Boys (8c+)
Added at 09:04 on 03 April 2022

Ascents

29 recorded ascents.

Year Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
2012 Mecca Extension 8c (Lead) 6th April 2012
Director's Cut 8B (Boulder) 10th November 2012

Anyone using knees and taking 8B should hang their head in shame.

http://vimeo.com/53279856

2013 Pilgrimage 8B+ (Boulder) 5th March 2013

Second ascent.

In the process of working the problem Alex found a lot of knee bars that were not used on the first ascent and which make the problem easier.

References

[1] https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,10607.msg398399.html#msg398399

[2] https://chrislockyer.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/pilgrimage/

[3] https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2013/03/alex_barrows_repeats_pilgrimage_8b+-67887

[4] https://alexbarrowsclimbing.blogspot.com/2013/03/pilgrimage-2nd-ascent.html

[5] https://vimeo.com/61373541

Kaa'bah 8c+ (Lead) 1st June 2013

https://vimeo.com/68513338

2014 Stamina Boys 8c+ (Boulder) 19th April 2014

https://vimeo.com/92416753

2015 Era Vella 9a (Lead) 3rd April 2015
Progress 8c+ (Lead) 21st June 2015
Keen Roof 8B (Boulder) 26th September 2015
2016 Groove Train 8c (Lead) 23rd April 2016
The Wheel of Life 9a (Boulder) 28th May 2016

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2016/06/wheel_of_life_8c_for_alex_barrows-70489

Mooiste Meisie 8B (Boulder) 5th August 2016
Bad Girl's Club 9a (Lead) 19th September 2016

https://alexbarrowsclimbing.blogspot.com/2016/12/rifle-best-trip-of-my-life.html

2017 Belly of the Beast 8B (Boulder) 5th August 2017
Belly's Gonna Get Ya 9a (Lead) 17th September 2017

Dumb but fun, and most importantly something hard at the Tor that doesn't break my fingers!

Ixeia 8b+ (Lead Onsight) 8th October 2017

Hell yeah!! Fought hard from bottom to top, and climbed well apart from nearly pumping out and punting off trying to get a knee in low down. Down to 8b/+ in the new guide, fuck it, consensus rules! Plus Siegrist took the + and he downgrades all my hard stuff ;)

2018 Dreadnaught 8c (Lead) 12th August 2018

Second ascent.

Mortal Immortal 8B+ (Boulder) 6th September 2018
Fat Lip 8B (Boulder) 10th December 2018
2019 Gravity 8b+ (Lead Flash) 10th January 2019
Accelerator 8b+ (Lead) 26th May 2019
2020 30 is the New 40 8c (Lead) 25th May 2020
2021 Preposterous Tales 9a (Lead) 6th May 2021

https://www.instagram.com/p/COnZ92XjA0p/

Ultimate Sacrifice 8c+ (Lead) 14th October 2021
Le Souffle du Ragga 8b+ (Lead Flash) 24th October 2021

https://www.instagram.com/p/CVdrAgoopaS/

2022 Momento Payaso 8b+ (Lead Onsight) 2nd April 2022
Malcolm In The Middle 8c+ (Lead) 6th August 2022

https://www.instagram.com/tv/ChAyJTbjcdi/

Queimada 8b+ (Lead Onsight) 22nd October 2022
Babylon Sistem 8b (Lead Flash) 25th October 2022
2023 The Hatchlink Extension 8B (Boulder) 22nd January 2023

The Hatchlink into Upper Cut - full back to top through the middle. Tight line (no going out to no handers to the sides) but a good one. Harder than Pilgrimage but probably still 8B? I don't really know...

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Belly's Gonna Get Ya 9a (Lead) 17th September 2017

Dumb but fun, and most importantly something hard at the Tor that doesn't break my fingers!

Preposterous Tales 9a (Lead) 6th May 2021 8c+/9a

https://www.instagram.com/p/COnZ92XjA0p/

Era Vella 9a (Lead) 3rd April 2015
Bad Girl's Club 9a (Lead) 19th September 2016

https://alexbarrowsclimbing.blogspot.com/2016/12/rifle-best-trip-of-my-life.html

Malcolm In The Middle 8c+ (Lead) 6th August 2022

https://www.instagram.com/tv/ChAyJTbjcdi/

Kaa'bah 8c+ (Lead) 1st June 2013

https://vimeo.com/68513338

Progress 8c+ (Lead) 21st June 2015
Ultimate Sacrifice 8c+ (Lead) 14th October 2021
30 is the New 40 8c (Lead) 25th May 2020
Mecca Extension 8c (Lead) 6th April 2012
Groove Train 8c (Lead) 23rd April 2016
Dreadnaught 8c (Lead) 12th August 2018

Second ascent.

Ixeia 8b+ (Lead Onsight) 8th October 2017

Hell yeah!! Fought hard from bottom to top, and climbed well apart from nearly pumping out and punting off trying to get a knee in low down. Down to 8b/+ in the new guide, fuck it, consensus rules! Plus Siegrist took the + and he downgrades all my hard stuff ;)

Gravity 8b+ (Lead Flash) 10th January 2019
Accelerator 8b+ (Lead) 26th May 2019
Le Souffle du Ragga 8b+ (Lead Flash) 24th October 2021

https://www.instagram.com/p/CVdrAgoopaS/

Momento Payaso 8b+ (Lead Onsight) 2nd April 2022
Queimada 8b+ (Lead Onsight) 22nd October 2022
Babylon Sistem 8b (Lead Flash) 25th October 2022
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Pilgrimage 8B+ (Boulder) 5th March 2013 8c+

Second ascent.

In the process of working the problem Alex found a lot of knee bars that were not used on the first ascent and which make the problem easier.

References

[1] https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,10607.msg398399.html#msg398399

[2] https://chrislockyer.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/pilgrimage/

[3] https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2013/03/alex_barrows_repeats_pilgrimage_8b+-67887

[4] https://alexbarrowsclimbing.blogspot.com/2013/03/pilgrimage-2nd-ascent.html

[5] https://vimeo.com/61373541

Mortal Immortal 8B+ (Boulder) 6th September 2018
The Hatchlink Extension 8B (Boulder) 22nd January 2023

The Hatchlink into Upper Cut - full back to top through the middle. Tight line (no going out to no handers to the sides) but a good one. Harder than Pilgrimage but probably still 8B? I don't really know...

Director's Cut 8B (Boulder) 10th November 2012 8A+

Anyone using knees and taking 8B should hang their head in shame.

http://vimeo.com/53279856

Keen Roof 8B (Boulder) 26th September 2015
Mooiste Meisie 8B (Boulder) 5th August 2016
Belly of the Beast 8B (Boulder) 5th August 2017 8B
Fat Lip 8B (Boulder) 10th December 2018
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
The Wheel of Life 9a (Boulder) 28th May 2016

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2016/06/wheel_of_life_8c_for_alex_barrows-70489

Stamina Boys 8c+ (Boulder) 19th April 2014 8c+

https://vimeo.com/92416753