Robin Barker


Quick Info

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

Contributors: remus

Quick Info

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

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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

12 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 Style Ascent Date
1991 Free Monster 8a Lead | worked 1st Aug 1991
1992 Shine On E7 Lead | worked 1992
First ascent.
The Albatrossity 8a+ Lead | worked 22nd Jun 1992
First ascent.
Unfamiliar E7 Lead | worked 16th Aug 1992
First ascent.

Top roped and then led on the same day.

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

1993 Captain Invincible E9 Lead | worked Between 1st Jan 1993 and 1st Jan 1995
Black Car Burning E7 Lead | worked 1993
The Grand Potato E7 Lead | worked 7th May 1993
First ascent.
1994 Cock Robin E6 Lead | worked May 1994
1995
1996
1997 Marbellous E8 Lead | worked 15th Sep 1997
First ascent.

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.

Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Make it Funky 8c Lead | worked
The Albatrossity 8a+ Lead | worked 22nd Jun 1992
First ascent.
Free Monster 8a Lead | worked 1st Aug 1991
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Captain Invincible E9 Lead | worked Between 1st Jan 1993 and 1st Jan 1995
Transcendence E9 Lead | worked
Second ascent.

Robin had a finger injury at the time!

References

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 | worked 15th Sep 1997
First ascent.

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.

Reservoir Dogs E8 Lead | worked
First ascent.
Shine On E7 Lead | worked 1992
First ascent.
Unfamiliar E7 Lead | worked 16th Aug 1992
First ascent.

Top roped and then led on the same day.

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

Black Car Burning E7 Lead | worked 1993
The Grand Potato E7 Lead | worked 7th May 1993
First ascent.
Cock Robin E6 Lead | worked May 1994
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade