Aidan Roberts


Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 9A
Hardest Boulder (Flash): 8B+
Hardest Sport (Worked): 8c
Notable Partnerships
Sam Lawson
Jim Pope
Social Media

Aidan Roberts is a climber from the UK. He grew up in the lake district and was mentored by the prolific developer Dan Varian.

Although he started out doing competitions Aidan has more recently moved on to establishing and repeating some of the hardest boulder problems both in the UK and abroad. His problem Superpowers in the Lake District is widely considered the UK's first 8C+. As well as being the first brit to climb 8C+ he was also the first to climb 9A with his repeat of Shawn Raboutou's Alphane in Chironico.

As well as these highlights Aidan has also repeated or established a raft of problems in the 8B to 8C range, making particularly quick work of classic test-pieces such as Oliphant's Dawn and Jade.

References

[1] https://www.thebmc.co.uk/aidan-roberts-interview

[2] Interview with Simon Lee for UKBouldering.com, October 2016 https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,27531.msg535750.html#msg535750

Contributors: remus

Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 9A
Hardest Boulder (Flash): 8B+
Hardest Sport (Worked): 8c
Notable Partnerships
Sam Lawson
Jim Pope
Social Media

Aidan Roberts is a climber from the UK. He grew up in the lake district and was mentored by the prolific developer Dan Varian.

Although he started out doing competitions Aidan has more recently moved on to establishing and repeating some of the hardest boulder problems both in the UK and abroad. His problem Superpowers in the Lake District is widely considered the UK's first 8C+. As well as being the first brit to climb 8C+ he was also the first to climb 9A with his repeat of Shawn Raboutou's Alphane in Chironico.

As well as these highlights Aidan has also repeated or established a raft of problems in the 8B to 8C range, making particularly quick work of classic test-pieces such as Oliphant's Dawn and Jade.

References

[1] https://www.thebmc.co.uk/aidan-roberts-interview

[2] Interview with Simon Lee for UKBouldering.com, October 2016 https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,27531.msg535750.html#msg535750

Contributors: remus

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Podcasts


Pics + Vids

Shadow Women (8C, FA)
Added at 22:07 on 23 July 2023
Traci Lords SDS (8B+)
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Added at 07:01 on 04 January 2024
Skadoosh (8B+, FA)
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Added at 08:01 on 04 January 2024
Little Women (8B+)
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Added at 08:01 on 04 January 2024
Shallow Waters (8C, FA)
Added at 21:01 on 07 January 2024
Amandla (8B+)
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Added at 07:01 on 04 January 2024
Everything the Light Touches (8C, FA)
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Added at 18:03 on 26 March 2022
Bloody Mary (8B+)
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Added at 08:01 on 04 January 2024
Seat at the Table (8B, FA)
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Added at 08:01 on 04 January 2024
Right Hand Man (8C, FA)
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Added at 17:01 on 26 January 2024
Gaston LeGume (8B+, FA)
Added at 06:09 on 12 September 2023
Last Wave Goodbye (8B+)
Added at 06:09 on 12 September 2023
Last Wave Goodbye (8B+)
Added at 07:02 on 11 February 2024
Home SDS (8B+, FA)
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Added at 06:10 on 03 October 2021
Outliers (8C, FA)
Added at 09:12 on 23 December 2020
Bewilderness (8B+)
Added at 09:12 on 23 December 2020
Copperline (8B+, FA)
Added at 09:12 on 23 December 2020
Superpowers (8C+, FA)
Added at 09:12 on 23 December 2020
Tranquilitas (8C, FA)
Added at 09:12 on 23 December 2020
High Fidelity (8B)
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Added at 11:02 on 18 February 2023
Monkey Wedding (8C)
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Added at 12:02 on 10 February 2021
Rocking Specter (8B)
Added at 18:08 on 20 August 2021
Out of Shadows (8B, FA)
Added at 18:08 on 20 August 2021
Back for Seconds (8B, FA)
Added at 20:08 on 20 August 2021
Slim Pickings (8B, FA)
Added at 20:08 on 20 August 2021
Ebbing the Flow (8B, FA)
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Added at 12:02 on 10 February 2021
Oliphant's Dawn (8B+)
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Added at 12:02 on 10 February 2021
Shallow Groove (8B)
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Added at 12:02 on 10 February 2021
Jade (8B+)
Added at 11:05 on 09 May 2021
Ode to a Modern Man (8B+)
Added at 11:05 on 09 May 2021
Leopold Von Pooch (8C, FA)
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Added at 18:11 on 27 November 2021
High Fidelity (8B)
Added at 18:02 on 19 February 2023
Momentum (8B+)
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Added at 05:05 on 15 May 2023
Vecchio Leone SDS (8C+, FA)
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Added at 12:11 on 13 November 2022
Hustled SDS (8B, FA)
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Added at 19:07 on 25 July 2021
Railway (8C, FA)
Added at 21:03 on 29 March 2021
Isles of Wonder (8B)
Added at 16:07 on 02 July 2021
Hustled SDS (8B, FA)
Added at 18:08 on 06 August 2021
Louis Armstrong (8B)
Added at 19:08 on 06 August 2021
Freakshow (8c)
Added at 07:11 on 11 November 2021
The Origin (8B+)
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Added at 18:08 on 08 August 2021
Truffles On Bicycles (8B+, FA)
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Added at 18:12 on 02 December 2021
Isles of Wonder (8B)
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Added at 19:06 on 02 June 2021
The Ace (8B)
Added at 18:01 on 07 January 2022
Squalo Bianco (8B+)
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Added at 07:03 on 16 March 2022
Everything the Light Touches (8C, FA)
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Added at 18:03 on 26 March 2022
Forgotten Gem (8C)
Added at 17:03 on 30 March 2022
Leopold Von Pooch (8C, FA)
Added at 18:03 on 17 March 2023
Truffles On Bicycles (8B+, FA)
Added at 18:03 on 17 March 2023
Alphane (9A)
Added at 18:03 on 17 March 2023
Stairway to Heaven (8B)
Added at 18:03 on 17 March 2023
Child of Hell (8C)
Added at 18:03 on 17 March 2023
Isles of Wonder SDS (8C+, FA)
Added at 18:03 on 17 March 2023
Hazel Grace Stand Start (8B+)
Added at 18:03 on 17 March 2023
Vecchio Leone SDS (8C+, FA)
Added at 18:03 on 17 March 2023
Unison (8C, FA)
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Added at 19:02 on 28 February 2023
Unison (8C, FA)
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Added at 21:02 on 28 February 2023
The Lion's Share (8C+, FA)
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Added at 19:04 on 25 April 2023
Momentum (8B+)
Added at 17:05 on 12 May 2023
Forgotten Gem (8C)
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Added at 18:04 on 14 April 2022
Vecchio Leone (8B)
Added at 20:04 on 17 April 2022
Everything the Light Touches (8C, FA)
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Added at 08:04 on 26 April 2022
Silent Singer (8C, FA)
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Added at 09:05 on 29 May 2022
Raggamuffin (8B+, FA)
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Added at 05:06 on 20 June 2022
Crescendo (8B+)
Added at 16:07 on 11 July 2022
Isles of Wonder SDS (8C+, FA)
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Added at 21:07 on 28 July 2022
Madame Allure (8B)
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Added at 10:08 on 03 August 2022
Madame Allure (8B)
Added at 15:08 on 05 August 2022
Compass North (8B+)
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Added at 17:09 on 09 September 2022
Ragga (8B, FA)
Added at 07:10 on 04 October 2022
Muffin Top (8B, FA)
Added at 07:10 on 04 October 2022
Raggamuffin (8B+, FA)
Added at 07:10 on 04 October 2022
Everything the Light Touches (8C, FA)
Added at 16:10 on 08 October 2022
Alphane (9A)
Added at 04:10 on 20 October 2022
Alphane (9A)
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Added at 07:10 on 20 October 2022
Alphane (9A)
Added at 10:10 on 23 October 2022
Child of Hell (8C)
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Added at 12:10 on 24 October 2022
Stairway to Heaven (8B)
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Added at 17:10 on 24 October 2022
The Lion's Share (8C+, FA)
Added at 05:04 on 26 April 2023

Ascents

72 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
2015 Freakshow 8c Lead | worked Between 16th Aug 2015 and 1st Jan 2016
2016 Traci Lords SDS 8B+ Boulder | worked 2016
Retaliation 8B Boulder | worked 2016
First ascent.
Tsunami 8A Boulder | flash 24th Oct 2016

Billy Ridal:

Aidan Roberts flashed Tsunami today, and practically everything else at Rubicon. He won't shout about it so I thought I would. [1]

References

[1] https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php?topic=27531.0

2017
2018 Amandla 8B+ Boulder | worked 2018
Bloody Mary 8B+ Boulder | worked Between 1st Jul 2018 and 1st Aug 2017
Second ascent?

References

[1] https://www.instagram.com/reel/Bl6E0aCgiHJ/

Oliphant's Dawn 8B+ Boulder | worked 15th Jul 2018
Third go.

References

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/BlQzRk-F_pS/

Monkey Wedding 8C Boulder | worked Aug 2018
Skadoosh 8B+ Boulder | worked Aug 2018
Master Key 8B Boulder | flash 1st Aug 2018
2019 Railway 8C Boulder | worked Jun 2019
Jade 8B+ Boulder | worked Jun 2019
Ode to a Modern Man 8B+ Boulder | worked 19th Jun 2019
2020 Shallow Groove 8B Boulder | worked May 2020
Ebbing the Flow 8B Boulder | worked Jul 2020
Outliers 8C Boulder | worked Aug 2020
Copperline 8B+ Boulder | worked Aug 2020
Bewilderness 8B+ Boulder | worked Aug 2020

Also ticked Dandelion Mind and Badger Badger Badger in the same session.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATE-tZo12mg&t=538

Seat at the Table 8B Boulder | worked Aug 2020
Superman SDS 8B+ Boulder | worked 31st Aug 2020
Superpowers 8C+ Boulder | worked 11th Sep 2020
First ascent.

On the grade:

I think I was quite vague with it initially but compared to the likes of 8Cs and 8C+s I’ve since tried abroad I suspect it likely sits with the latter. But very hard to tell as haven’t been on it since I did it. [2]

References

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATE-tZo12mg&t=1585

[2] https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,30855.msg667821.html#msg667821

Tranquilitas 8C Boulder | worked 12th Sep 2020
2021 Little Women 8B+ Boulder | worked 2021

While working the problem a hold came off making the problem harder.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CK07-JVDdTZ/

The Ace 8B Boulder | worked 2021
Isles of Wonder 8B Boulder | worked 2021
Hustled SDS 8B Boulder | worked Jul 2021
Dead and Bloated 8B Boulder | worked Jul 2021
Wedgie Wall 8B Boulder | worked Jul 2021
Paper Birds Low 8B Boulder | worked Jul 2021
Louis Armstrong 8B Boulder | worked 31st Jul 2021
The Origin 8B+ Boulder | worked Aug 2021
Back for Seconds 8B Boulder | worked Aug 2021
Slim Pickings 8B Boulder | worked Aug 2021
Out of Shadows 8B Boulder | worked Aug 2021
Rocking Specter 8B Boulder | worked Aug 2021
Home SDS 8B+ Boulder | worked Sep 2021
Leopold Von Pooch 8C Boulder | worked Nov 2021
Truffles On Bicycles 8B+ Boulder | worked Dec 2021
2022 Crescendo 8B+ Boulder | worked 2022
Hazel Grace Stand Start 8B+ Boulder | worked 2022
Flipnic in to the Crack 8B Boulder | worked 5th Jan 2022
First ascent.
XXXS 8B Boulder | worked 8th Feb 2022
First ascent.
Silent Singer 8C Boulder | worked 23rd Feb 2022
Squalo Bianco 8B+ Boulder | worked Mar 2022
Vecchio Leone 8B Boulder | flash 3rd Mar 2022
Everything the Light Touches 8C Boulder | worked 17th Mar 2022
First ascent.

This feels about a grade harder than The Kingdom which is pretty well established in the grey area between 8B+ and 8C, so this is probably in the grey area between 8C and 8C+.

References

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/CbkNG6BNOlT/

[2] https://youtu.be/H0HMSamy-AI?t=248

Forgotten Gem 8C Boulder | worked 19th Mar 2022
Compass North 8B+ Boulder | worked Apr 2022

Aidan was close on the flash go, falling on the final move to the lip.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CiSvKVgDsE6/

Foundations Edge 8C Boulder | did not finish May 2022

Aidan was very close on the flash. He cut loose mid way and had a minor dab, then dry fired off one of the last hard moves. He then basically did it second go but slipped off the easy, wet top out.

Ragga 8B Boulder | worked 21st May 2022
Muffin Top 8B Boulder | worked 24th May 2022
Raggamuffin 8B+ Boulder | worked 14th Jun 2022
Isles of Wonder SDS 8C+ Boulder | worked Jul 2022
Madame Allure 8B Boulder | worked Jul 2022
Alphane 9A Boulder | worked 19th Oct 2022
Child of Hell 8C Boulder | worked 23rd Oct 2022
Stairway to Heaven 8B Boulder | worked 23rd Oct 2022
Vecchio Leone SDS 8C+ Boulder | worked Nov 2022
2023 Helvellyn Project 9A (approx) Boulder | did not finish After 1st Jan 2023
Midnight Project 9A (approx) Boulder | did not finish 2023

Aidan's best effort in the spring 2023 ended with him dropping the (relatively) easy final moves of the problem. Since getting back on the problem in winter 2023/24 he has started trying the problem from a couple of moves lower.

Shadow Women 8C Boulder | worked 2023
Shallow Waters 8C Boulder | worked 2023
First ascent.

References

[1] Aidan Roberts - Shallow Waters (2023)

Gaston LeGume 8B+ Boulder | worked 2023
Off the Wagon 8B+ Boulder | worked 2023
Unison 8C Boulder | worked Feb 2023
High Fidelity 8B Boulder | ground up Feb 2023
1 session.

Aidan's first problem on Yorkshire gritstone.

References

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/CozScF7tu17/

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RgNdhT61QE

The Lion's Share 8C+ Lead | worked Between 18th Feb 2023 and 9th Mar 2023
Momentum 8B+ Boulder | flash Apr 2023

As is often the case with my more considered flash attempts, it’s usually the encouragement of others which inspires a good first go. This time it was [Keenan Takahashi] and [Daniel Woods] whom recommended it and kindly gave me some good advice. It certainly makes sense. The climb prides itself in simplicity. Isolate on a small right hand and drive into the left foot to gain a lovely pinch. And only a few large moves create a tall and proud face of climbing.

Between intermittent rain showers and wavering motivation at the idea of a soggy top-out slab, a weather window opened and I was able to top out on my flash attempt, a great feeling! [2]

References

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InFpmGeaxJc

[2] https://www.instagram.com/p/CsO0JTwtVg_/

Right Hand Man 8C Boulder | worked Aug 2023
Last Wave Goodbye 8B+ Boulder | worked Between 1st Aug 2023 and 12th Sep 2023
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Freakshow 8c Lead | worked Between 16th Aug 2015 and 1st Jan 2016
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Alphane 9A Boulder | worked 19th Oct 2022
Helvellyn Project 9A (approx) Boulder | did not finish After 1st Jan 2023
Midnight Project 9A (approx) Boulder | did not finish 2023

Aidan's best effort in the spring 2023 ended with him dropping the (relatively) easy final moves of the problem. Since getting back on the problem in winter 2023/24 he has started trying the problem from a couple of moves lower.

Superpowers 8C+ Boulder | worked 11th Sep 2020 8C/8C+
First ascent.

On the grade:

I think I was quite vague with it initially but compared to the likes of 8Cs and 8C+s I’ve since tried abroad I suspect it likely sits with the latter. But very hard to tell as haven’t been on it since I did it. [2]

References

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATE-tZo12mg&t=1585

[2] https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,30855.msg667821.html#msg667821

Isles of Wonder SDS 8C+ Boulder | worked Jul 2022 8C+
Vecchio Leone SDS 8C+ Boulder | worked Nov 2022
The Lion's Share 8C+ Lead | worked Between 18th Feb 2023 and 9th Mar 2023
Railway 8C Boulder | worked Jun 2019
Outliers 8C Boulder | worked Aug 2020
Tranquilitas 8C Boulder | worked 12th Sep 2020
Leopold Von Pooch 8C Boulder | worked Nov 2021
Silent Singer 8C Boulder | worked 23rd Feb 2022
Everything the Light Touches 8C Boulder | worked 17th Mar 2022 8C/8C+
First ascent.

This feels about a grade harder than The Kingdom which is pretty well established in the grey area between 8B+ and 8C, so this is probably in the grey area between 8C and 8C+.

References

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/CbkNG6BNOlT/

[2] https://youtu.be/H0HMSamy-AI?t=248

Shadow Women 8C Boulder | worked 2023
Shallow Waters 8C Boulder | worked 2023
First ascent.

References

[1] Aidan Roberts - Shallow Waters (2023)

Unison 8C Boulder | worked Feb 2023
Right Hand Man 8C Boulder | worked Aug 2023 8C (hard)
Monkey Wedding 8C Boulder | worked Aug 2018
Forgotten Gem 8C Boulder | worked 19th Mar 2022
Foundations Edge 8C Boulder | did not finish May 2022

Aidan was very close on the flash. He cut loose mid way and had a minor dab, then dry fired off one of the last hard moves. He then basically did it second go but slipped off the easy, wet top out.

Child of Hell 8C Boulder | worked 23rd Oct 2022
Skadoosh 8B+ Boulder | worked Aug 2018 8B/8B+
Copperline 8B+ Boulder | worked Aug 2020
Home SDS 8B+ Boulder | worked Sep 2021
Truffles On Bicycles 8B+ Boulder | worked Dec 2021
Raggamuffin 8B+ Boulder | worked 14th Jun 2022 8C
Gaston LeGume 8B+ Boulder | worked 2023
Traci Lords SDS 8B+ Boulder | worked 2016
Amandla 8B+ Boulder | worked 2018
Bloody Mary 8B+ Boulder | worked Between 1st Jul 2018 and 1st Aug 2017
Second ascent?

References

[1] https://www.instagram.com/reel/Bl6E0aCgiHJ/

Oliphant's Dawn 8B+ Boulder | worked 15th Jul 2018
Third go.

References

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/BlQzRk-F_pS/

Jade 8B+ Boulder | worked Jun 2019
Ode to a Modern Man 8B+ Boulder | worked 19th Jun 2019
Bewilderness 8B+ Boulder | worked Aug 2020

Also ticked Dandelion Mind and Badger Badger Badger in the same session.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATE-tZo12mg&t=538

Superman SDS 8B+ Boulder | worked 31st Aug 2020
Little Women 8B+ Boulder | worked 2021 8B+

While working the problem a hold came off making the problem harder.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CK07-JVDdTZ/

The Origin 8B+ Boulder | worked Aug 2021 8B+
Crescendo 8B+ Boulder | worked 2022
Hazel Grace Stand Start 8B+ Boulder | worked 2022
Squalo Bianco 8B+ Boulder | worked Mar 2022
Compass North 8B+ Boulder | worked Apr 2022

Aidan was close on the flash go, falling on the final move to the lip.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CiSvKVgDsE6/

Off the Wagon 8B+ Boulder | worked 2023
Momentum 8B+ Boulder | flash Apr 2023

As is often the case with my more considered flash attempts, it’s usually the encouragement of others which inspires a good first go. This time it was [Keenan Takahashi] and [Daniel Woods] whom recommended it and kindly gave me some good advice. It certainly makes sense. The climb prides itself in simplicity. Isolate on a small right hand and drive into the left foot to gain a lovely pinch. And only a few large moves create a tall and proud face of climbing.

Between intermittent rain showers and wavering motivation at the idea of a soggy top-out slab, a weather window opened and I was able to top out on my flash attempt, a great feeling! [2]

References

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InFpmGeaxJc

[2] https://www.instagram.com/p/CsO0JTwtVg_/

Last Wave Goodbye 8B+ Boulder | worked Between 1st Aug 2023 and 12th Sep 2023
Retaliation 8B Boulder | worked 2016
First ascent.
Ebbing the Flow 8B Boulder | worked Jul 2020
Seat at the Table 8B Boulder | worked Aug 2020
Hustled SDS 8B Boulder | worked Jul 2021
Back for Seconds 8B Boulder | worked Aug 2021
Slim Pickings 8B Boulder | worked Aug 2021
Out of Shadows 8B Boulder | worked Aug 2021
Flipnic in to the Crack 8B Boulder | worked 5th Jan 2022 8B
First ascent.
XXXS 8B Boulder | worked 8th Feb 2022
First ascent.
Ragga 8B Boulder | worked 21st May 2022
Muffin Top 8B Boulder | worked 24th May 2022
Master Key 8B Boulder | flash 1st Aug 2018
Shallow Groove 8B Boulder | worked May 2020
The Ace 8B Boulder | worked 2021
Isles of Wonder 8B Boulder | worked 2021
Dead and Bloated 8B Boulder | worked Jul 2021
Wedgie Wall 8B Boulder | worked Jul 2021
Paper Birds Low 8B Boulder | worked Jul 2021
Louis Armstrong 8B Boulder | worked 31st Jul 2021
Rocking Specter 8B Boulder | worked Aug 2021
Vecchio Leone 8B Boulder | flash 3rd Mar 2022
Madame Allure 8B Boulder | worked Jul 2022
Stairway to Heaven 8B Boulder | worked 23rd Oct 2022
High Fidelity 8B Boulder | ground up Feb 2023
1 session.

Aidan's first problem on Yorkshire gritstone.

References

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/CozScF7tu17/

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RgNdhT61QE

Big Chief 8B Boulder | worked
Second ascent?
Panic on Funkotron 8B Boulder | worked
Second ascent.
Tsunami 8A Boulder | flash 24th Oct 2016

Billy Ridal:

Aidan Roberts flashed Tsunami today, and practically everything else at Rubicon. He won't shout about it so I thought I would. [1]

References

[1] https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php?topic=27531.0

Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade