Robin Barker


Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Hardest Sport (Worked): 8c
Hardest Trad (Worked): E9

Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Hardest Sport (Worked): 8c
Hardest Trad (Worked): E9

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Transcendence (E9)
Added at 14:01 on 06 January 2021
Transcendence (E9)
Added at 14:01 on 06 January 2021

Ascents

10 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
1991 Free Monster 8a (Lead) 1st August 1991

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.117978419659044/117979096325643

1992 The Albatrossity 8a+ (Lead) 22nd June 1992

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.117978419659044/117979802992239

Unfamiliar E7 (Lead) 16th August 1992

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.117978419659044/117980099658876

1993 Black Car Burning E7 (Lead) 1st January 1993 (approx)

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.117978419659044/117981222992097

Captain Invincible E9 (Lead) 1st January 1993 (approx)

Second ascent. 1993 or 1994.

https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,10607.msg439184.html#msg439184

The Grand Potato E7 (Lead) 7th May 1993

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.115413049915581/115413879915498

1994 Cock Robin E6 (Lead) 1st May 1994 (approx)

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.115413049915581/115414339915452

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.117978419659044/117981336325419

1995
1996
1997 Marbellous E8 (Lead) 15th September 1997

On his first attempt Robin soloed the scary start, placed the cams in the break and then down climbed to the ground. The cams were then left pre-clipped for subsequent attempts.

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.115413049915581/115415916581961

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Captain Invincible E9 (Lead) 1st January 1993 (approx)

Second ascent. 1993 or 1994.

https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,10607.msg439184.html#msg439184

Transcendence E9 (Lead)

Second ascent. Robin had a finger injury at the time!

In terms of the grade, I suspect I was a bit over-zealous with suggesting 6c and 7a is likely the correct grade. In previous discussions with Malcolm I think we agreed something like E8 / 7a / 8b / 7C+. Regardless of the grade, Transcendence is a very fine line with superb climbing and a might good effort from Malcolm at the time. [1]

[1] https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,10607.msg581608.html#msg581608

I held Robin’s ropes when he repeated it. I’ll always remember because he was mid crux and then slapping for the break when a RAF Tornado roared past the crag a few meters away with a body shaking, terrifying, ear splitting boom just as he grabbed the break with one hand just as I clamped both of mine over my ears with the ropes held lightly in one hand. I was mightily relieved that he didn’t fall off. Great days 😳 [2]

[2] https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,10607.msg581588.html#msg581588

Marbellous E8 (Lead) 15th September 1997

On his first attempt Robin soloed the scary start, placed the cams in the break and then down climbed to the ground. The cams were then left pre-clipped for subsequent attempts.

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.115413049915581/115415916581961

Unfamiliar E7 (Lead) 16th August 1992

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.117978419659044/117980099658876

Black Car Burning E7 (Lead) 1st January 1993 (approx)

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.117978419659044/117981222992097

The Grand Potato E7 (Lead) 7th May 1993

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.115413049915581/115413879915498

Cock Robin E6 (Lead) 1st May 1994 (approx)

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.115413049915581/115414339915452

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.117978419659044/117981336325419

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade