Pete Robins


Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 8B+
Hardest Sport (Worked): 8c+
Hardest Trad (Worked): E9
Hardest Trad (Onsight): E7
Hardest Trad (Flash): E8

Prolific North Wales developer.

Interview with RockClimbingUK

Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 8B+
Hardest Sport (Worked): 8c+
Hardest Trad (Worked): E9
Hardest Trad (Onsight): E7
Hardest Trad (Flash): E8

Prolific North Wales developer.

Interview with RockClimbingUK


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Pics + Vids

Gravediggers (E8)
Added at 08:01 on 14 January 2021
Isles of Wonder (8B, FA)
Added at 16:02 on 05 February 2021
Diamond Dogs (8c+, FA)
Added at 23:01 on 27 January 2021
Pump Up The Jam (8c, FA)
Added at 16:07 on 09 July 2021
Pump Up The Jam (8c, FA)
Added at 11:06 on 25 June 2021
Dark Energy (8c+, FA)
Added at 14:06 on 29 June 2021
Diamond Dogs (8c+, FA)
Added at 14:06 on 29 June 2021

Ascents

22 recorded ascents.

This timeline is missing some ascents where the date of the ascent is unknown. Use the other tabs to view these ascents.
Year Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
2001 Zero E7 (Lead Onsight) 01 Jan 2001 (approx)

It was 2001, after the foot and mouth pandemic. My heart was set on Zero, an incredible line with a level of mystique surrounding it's difficulty and history. I set off confidently and climbed to a ring peg at ten meters. The rock was dirty and hard to read but I continued by increasingly tenuous climbing, with no more protection, until below the substance of the route: a slim open groove twenty meters above the ground. I had been here two summers before and, overwhelmed by the danger, managed to downclimb . This time Neil Dyer, my belayer, suggested abseiling down the line before I set off. I didn't watch, and his only comment was there was a runner right where you needed it. That was enough and there I was again. I couldn't see the runner but entered the groove hoping to find it after a move or two. I hadn't meant to commit myself, but almost immediately, I was stuck; my toes on lichenous smears and my fingers on sidepulls. I couldn't see the gear placement and started to panic - I was certain a slip would land me on the ground. 'Where the fuck is that runner Neil?' I was tiring rapidly - I realised I had to get a grip and press on without the protection. I blanked all outside thoughts and climbed, out of control, until I reached a better hold. With this new found security, I regained control of my mind and all it's fear. I was exhausted and shaking uncontrollably, facing a deck out from 25 meters: couldn't recover on the hold, couldn't swap fingers, but knew I had to get out of there, so climbed with conviction to the top. It bought to mind the tale of [John] Redhead and [Dave] Towse on Clogwyn Du'r Arddu (Cloggy). Towse talked and coaxed JR's tired arms to a crucial RP, and sanctuary, in the fading light, narrowly avoiding a horrific end. Through JR's eyes, Towse had been reckless and nearly killed his friend. 'You've let me down Dave, you bastard, you've let me down'. How little we care for our mate's lives when we say 'go for it!'. They walked away laughing from Margins of the Mind. I shouted down to a relieved belayer 'You've let me down Neil, you've let me down'. We both smiled nervously as I brought him up. [1]

[1] Ogwen (Climber's Club Guides) (2010) by Mike Bailey, page 412

Piece Of Mind E6 (Solo Ground up) 01 Jan 2001 (approx)
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007 Spinal Crack E9 (Lead) 02 May 2007 (approx)

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2007/05/spinal_crack_repeated-36515

2008
2009 Liquid Ambar 8c+ (Lead) 25 Aug 2009

Third ascent.

https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,10607.msg216123.html#msg216123

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2009/08/pete_robins_repeats_liquid_ambar_f8c-48983

2010 Infanticide 8c (Lead) 01 Jun 2010 (approx)

Second ascent.

The Incredible Bulk 8B (Boulder) 01 Sep 2010 (approx)
2011 Megalopa 8c+ (Lead) 01 Jan 2011 (approx)

Second ascent.

Dorsal Stream 8B (Boulder) 01 Jan 2011 (approx)
2012 Corinthian Groove 8b (Lead) 01 Jun 2012 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7B5WUmuBMc

Isles of Wonder 8B (Boulder) 01 Aug 2012 (approx)

https://vimeo.com/48944640

Diamond Dogs 8c+ (Lead) 01 Oct 2012 (approx)

https://vimeo.com/51343015

https://youtu.be/aBdbUUzdvjg?t=3391

2013 Madame Allure 8B (Boulder) 21 Mar 2013
Pump Up The Jam 8c (Lead) 01 Jun 2013 (approx)

https://vimeo.com/70464718

https://youtu.be/aBdbUUzdvjg?t=2128

Dark Energy 8c+ (Lead) 01 Jul 2013 (approx)

https://youtu.be/aBdbUUzdvjg?t=2522

2014 Ropes of Maui 8A+ (Boulder) 01 Jul 2014 (approx)
The Pink Star 8c+ (Lead) 09 Aug 2014
2015 Coeur de Lion E8 (Lead) 01 Apr 2015 (approx)
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Diamond Dogs 8c+ (Lead) 01 Oct 2012 (approx)

https://vimeo.com/51343015

https://youtu.be/aBdbUUzdvjg?t=3391

Dark Energy 8c+ (Lead) 01 Jul 2013 (approx)

https://youtu.be/aBdbUUzdvjg?t=2522

The Pink Star 8c+ (Lead) 09 Aug 2014
Liquid Ambar 8c+ (Lead) 25 Aug 2009

Third ascent.

https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,10607.msg216123.html#msg216123

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2009/08/pete_robins_repeats_liquid_ambar_f8c-48983

Megalopa 8c+ (Lead) 01 Jan 2011 (approx)

Second ascent.

Sea of Tranquility 8c+ (Lead)
Pump Up The Jam 8c (Lead) 01 Jun 2013 (approx)

https://vimeo.com/70464718

https://youtu.be/aBdbUUzdvjg?t=2128

Infanticide 8c (Lead) 01 Jun 2010 (approx)

Second ascent.

Corinthian Groove 8b (Lead) 01 Jun 2012 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7B5WUmuBMc

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Silk Cut 8B+ (Boulder)
The Incredible Bulk 8B (Boulder) 01 Sep 2010 (approx)
Dorsal Stream 8B (Boulder) 01 Jan 2011 (approx)
Isles of Wonder 8B (Boulder) 01 Aug 2012 (approx)

https://vimeo.com/48944640

Madame Allure 8B (Boulder) 21 Mar 2013
Director's Cut 8B (Boulder)
Ropes of Maui 8A+ (Boulder) 01 Jul 2014 (approx)
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Spinal Crack E9 (Lead) 02 May 2007 (approx)

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2007/05/spinal_crack_repeated-36515

Coeur de Lion E8 (Lead) 01 Apr 2015 (approx)
Gravediggers E8 (Lead Ground up)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SxH2ILd74c

End of the Affair E8 (Lead Flash)
Zero E7 (Lead Onsight) 01 Jan 2001 (approx)

It was 2001, after the foot and mouth pandemic. My heart was set on Zero, an incredible line with a level of mystique surrounding it's difficulty and history. I set off confidently and climbed to a ring peg at ten meters. The rock was dirty and hard to read but I continued by increasingly tenuous climbing, with no more protection, until below the substance of the route: a slim open groove twenty meters above the ground. I had been here two summers before and, overwhelmed by the danger, managed to downclimb . This time Neil Dyer, my belayer, suggested abseiling down the line before I set off. I didn't watch, and his only comment was there was a runner right where you needed it. That was enough and there I was again. I couldn't see the runner but entered the groove hoping to find it after a move or two. I hadn't meant to commit myself, but almost immediately, I was stuck; my toes on lichenous smears and my fingers on sidepulls. I couldn't see the gear placement and started to panic - I was certain a slip would land me on the ground. 'Where the fuck is that runner Neil?' I was tiring rapidly - I realised I had to get a grip and press on without the protection. I blanked all outside thoughts and climbed, out of control, until I reached a better hold. With this new found security, I regained control of my mind and all it's fear. I was exhausted and shaking uncontrollably, facing a deck out from 25 meters: couldn't recover on the hold, couldn't swap fingers, but knew I had to get out of there, so climbed with conviction to the top. It bought to mind the tale of [John] Redhead and [Dave] Towse on Clogwyn Du'r Arddu (Cloggy). Towse talked and coaxed JR's tired arms to a crucial RP, and sanctuary, in the fading light, narrowly avoiding a horrific end. Through JR's eyes, Towse had been reckless and nearly killed his friend. 'You've let me down Dave, you bastard, you've let me down'. How little we care for our mate's lives when we say 'go for it!'. They walked away laughing from Margins of the Mind. I shouted down to a relieved belayer 'You've let me down Neil, you've let me down'. We both smiled nervously as I brought him up. [1]

[1] Ogwen (Climber's Club Guides) (2010) by Mike Bailey, page 412

Piece Of Mind E6 (Solo Ground up) 01 Jan 2001 (approx)
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade