Aidan Roberts


Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 9A
Hardest Boulder (Flash): 8B
Hardest Sport (Worked): 8c
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+ and Isles of Wonder SDS the second. 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

Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 9A
Hardest Boulder (Flash): 8B
Hardest Sport (Worked): 8c
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+ and Isles of Wonder SDS the second. 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


Podcasts


Pics + Vids

Tranquilitas (8C, FA)
Added at 09:12 on 23 December 2020
Isles of Wonder (8B)
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Added at 19:06 on 02 June 2021
Isles of Wonder (8B)
Added at 16:07 on 02 July 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
The Ace (8B)
Added at 18:01 on 07 January 2022
Hustled SDS (8B, FA)
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Added at 19:07 on 25 July 2021
Hustled SDS (8B, FA)
Added at 18:08 on 06 August 2021
Crescendo (8B+)
Added at 16:07 on 11 July 2022
Outliers (8C, FA)
Added at 09:12 on 23 December 2020
Copperline (8B+, FA)
Added at 09:12 on 23 December 2020
Bewilderness (8B+)
Added at 09:12 on 23 December 2020
Louis Armstrong (8B)
Added at 19:08 on 06 August 2021
The Origin (8B+)
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Added at 18:08 on 08 August 2021
Leopold Von Pooch (8C, FA)
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Added at 18:11 on 27 November 2021
Everything the Light Touches (8C, FA)
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Added at 18:03 on 26 March 2022
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
Shallow Groove (8B)
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Added at 12:02 on 10 February 2021
Squalo Bianco (8B+)
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Added at 07:03 on 16 March 2022
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
Monkey Wedding (8C)
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Added at 12:02 on 10 February 2021
Vecchio Leone (8B)
Added at 20:04 on 17 April 2022
Truffles On Bicycles (8B+, FA)
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Added at 18:12 on 02 December 2021
Freakshow (8c)
Added at 07:11 on 11 November 2021
Home SDS (8B+, FA)
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Added at 06:10 on 03 October 2021
Silent Singer (8C, FA)
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Added at 09:05 on 29 May 2022
Forgotten Gem (8C)
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Added at 18:04 on 14 April 2022
Forgotten Gem (8C)
Added at 17:03 on 30 March 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
Raggamuffin (8B+, FA)
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Added at 05:06 on 20 June 2022
Raggamuffin (8B+, FA)
Added at 07:10 on 04 October 2022
Compass North (8B+)
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Added at 17:09 on 09 September 2022
Muffin Top (8B, FA)
Added at 07:10 on 04 October 2022
Ragga (8B, FA)
Added at 07:10 on 04 October 2022
Everything the Light Touches (8C, FA)
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Added at 08:04 on 26 April 2022
Everything the Light Touches (8C, FA)
Added at 16:10 on 08 October 2022
Alphane (9A)
Added at 10:10 on 23 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
Superpowers (8C+, FA)
Added at 09:12 on 23 December 2020
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
Vecchio Leone SDS (8C+, FA)
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Added at 12:11 on 13 November 2022
Railway (8C, FA)
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Added at 12:02 on 10 February 2021
Railway (8C, FA)
Added at 21:03 on 29 March 2021

Ascents

56 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
2015 Freakshow 8c (Lead) 1st January 2015 (approx)

Third ascent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqCbq8P2UO4

2016 Retaliation 8B (Boulder) 1st January 2016 (approx)
Traci Lords SDS 8B+ (Boulder) 1st January 2016 (approx)
2017
2018 Amandala 8B+ (Boulder) 1st January 2018 (approx)

Third go.

Oliphant's Dawn 8B+ (Boulder) 15th July 2018

Third go.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BlQzRk-F_pS/

Skadoosh 8B+ (Boulder) 1st August 2018 (approx)
Master Key 8B (Boulder Flash) 1st August 2018

https://www.instagram.com/aidan.roberts98/p/Bl8j4TMDR1G

Monkey Wedding 8C (Boulder) 12th August 2018 (approx)

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

2019 Railway 8C (Boulder) 1st June 2019 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/By24THoj8WJ/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfA7Ay3ix-I

Jade 8B+ (Boulder) 17th June 2019 (approx)

Third go.

https://youtu.be/B_lAhBvtO-A?t=319

Ode to a Modern Man 8B+ (Boulder) 19th June 2019

Third go.

https://youtu.be/B_lAhBvtO-A?t=814

2020 Shallow Groove 8B (Boulder) 23rd May 2020 (approx)

Third ascent. In a session.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAptLHIDB9C/?igshid=10kdfrfiu1cps

https://www.flickr.com/photos/beastmaker/49937266778/in/dateposted/

Ebbing the Flow 8B (Boulder) 1st July 2020 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CK9TXiBD47v/

Bewilderness 8B+ (Boulder) 1st August 2020 (approx)

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

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

Copperline 8B+ (Boulder) 1st August 2020 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATE-tZo12mg&t=1012

Outliers 8C (Boulder) 1st August 2020 (approx)

Rounded off the session by repeating Isla de Encanta and Shallow Groove!

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2020/08/aidan_roberts_climbs_new_font_8c_at_trowbarrow-72461

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATE-tZo12mg&t=464

Superman SDS 8B+ (Boulder) 31st August 2020
Superpowers 8C+ (Boulder) 11th September 2020

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) 12th September 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATE-tZo12mg&t=2077

2021 Isles of Wonder 8B (Boulder) 1st January 2021 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CPoTIQQJFu1/

https://youtu.be/C0iZPT-rj5E?t=39

The Ace 8B (Boulder) 1st January 2021 (approx)

https://youtu.be/y6mHPXtge4w?t=425

Paper Birds Low 8B (Boulder) 1st July 2021 (approx)
Wedgie Wall 8B (Boulder) 1st July 2021 (approx)
Dead and Bloated 8B (Boulder) 1st July 2021 (approx)
Hustled SDS 8B (Boulder) 22nd July 2021 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CRv7D2eDPnu/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUj_ApZfodg&t=683s

Louis Armstrong 8B (Boulder) 31st July 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JzBCMpfk4o

Rocking Specter 8B (Boulder) 1st August 2021 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfDi36fpIPg&t=61s

Out of Shadows 8B (Boulder) 1st August 2021 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfDi36fpIPg&t=186s

The Origin 8B+ (Boulder) 8th August 2021 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CSTzX-KDM5u/

Back for Seconds 8B (Boulder) 9th August 2021 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfDi36fpIPg&t=650s

Slim Pickings 8B (Boulder) 9th August 2021 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfDi36fpIPg&t=841s

Home SDS 8B+ (Boulder) 30th September 2021 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CUh1fdOj9Mk/

Leopold Von Pooch 8C (Boulder) 1st November 2021 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CWyGR6aoW7g/

Truffles On Bicycles 8B+ (Boulder) 1st December 2021 (approx)

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

2022 Crescendo 8B+ (Boulder) 1st January 2022 (approx)

https://youtu.be/rZHRIFrd35I?t=456

Flipnic in to the Crack 8B (Boulder) 5th January 2022
XXXS 8B (Boulder) 8th February 2022
Silent Singer 8C (Boulder) 23rd February 2022

https://www.instagram.com/p/CeIv2lyj4oJ/

Squalo Bianco 8B+ (Boulder) 1st March 2022 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CbItq28tYLJ/

Vecchio Leone 8B (Boulder Flash) 3rd March 2022

https://youtu.be/waFXEQHVhNo?t=272

Everything the Light Touches 8C (Boulder) 17th March 2022

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+.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CbkNG6BNOlT/

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

Forgotten Gem 8C (Boulder) 19th March 2022

Second ascent. In a session.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCw02l75etM

https://www.instagram.com/p/CcU9HUxDaNd/

Compass North 8B+ (Boulder) 1st April 2022 (approx)

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) 1st May 2022 (approx)

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) 21st May 2022

https://youtu.be/okkyOpLC6UI?t=343

Muffin Top 8B (Boulder) 24th May 2022

https://youtu.be/okkyOpLC6UI?t=449

Raggamuffin 8B+ (Boulder) 14th June 2022

https://www.instagram.com/p/Ce_lOtnjh89/

https://youtu.be/okkyOpLC6UI?t=569

Isles of Wonder SDS 8C+ (Boulder) 1st July 2022 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cgj_Pp2D8SM/

Madame Allure 8B (Boulder) 1st July 2022 (approx)

Second ascent.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cgyjkt8jEmb/

https://youtu.be/2pkHqSsctCE

Alphane 9A (Boulder) 19th October 2022

Second ascent and the first brit to climb 9A.

References

[1] https://open.spotify.com/episode/4IjWe3MH6z0HgMcC0Bj8rv?si=a5fc1751876a407b

[2] https://www.instagram.com/p/Cj7QrO8DFbv/

[3] https://open.spotify.com/episode/0VYpy4XrjJHAjzjKR8i88I?si=gtfZRQU_Soyn4l25R5yG3Q&utm_source=copy-link

Stairway to Heaven 8B (Boulder) 23rd October 2022

https://www.instagram.com/p/CkF-CTAjrOH/

Child of Hell 8C (Boulder) 23rd October 2022

https://www.instagram.com/p/CkF-CTAjrOH/

Vecchio Leone SDS 8C+ (Boulder) 1st November 2022 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Ck5i4qOjiQ3/

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Freakshow 8c (Lead) 1st January 2015 (approx)

Third ascent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqCbq8P2UO4

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Alphane 9A (Boulder) 19th October 2022

Second ascent and the first brit to climb 9A.

References

[1] https://open.spotify.com/episode/4IjWe3MH6z0HgMcC0Bj8rv?si=a5fc1751876a407b

[2] https://www.instagram.com/p/Cj7QrO8DFbv/

[3] https://open.spotify.com/episode/0VYpy4XrjJHAjzjKR8i88I?si=gtfZRQU_Soyn4l25R5yG3Q&utm_source=copy-link

Superpowers 8C+ (Boulder) 11th September 2020 8C/8C+

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) 1st July 2022 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cgj_Pp2D8SM/

Vecchio Leone SDS 8C+ (Boulder) 1st November 2022 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Ck5i4qOjiQ3/

Railway 8C (Boulder) 1st June 2019 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/By24THoj8WJ/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfA7Ay3ix-I

Outliers 8C (Boulder) 1st August 2020 (approx)

Rounded off the session by repeating Isla de Encanta and Shallow Groove!

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2020/08/aidan_roberts_climbs_new_font_8c_at_trowbarrow-72461

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATE-tZo12mg&t=464

Tranquilitas 8C (Boulder) 12th September 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATE-tZo12mg&t=2077

Leopold Von Pooch 8C (Boulder) 1st November 2021 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CWyGR6aoW7g/

Silent Singer 8C (Boulder) 23rd February 2022

https://www.instagram.com/p/CeIv2lyj4oJ/

Everything the Light Touches 8C (Boulder) 17th March 2022 8C/8C+

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+.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CbkNG6BNOlT/

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

Monkey Wedding 8C (Boulder) 12th August 2018 (approx)

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

Forgotten Gem 8C (Boulder) 19th March 2022

Second ascent. In a session.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCw02l75etM

https://www.instagram.com/p/CcU9HUxDaNd/

Foundations Edge 8C (Boulder Did not finish) 1st May 2022 (approx)

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) 23rd October 2022

https://www.instagram.com/p/CkF-CTAjrOH/

Skadoosh 8B+ (Boulder) 1st August 2018 (approx)
Copperline 8B+ (Boulder) 1st August 2020 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATE-tZo12mg&t=1012

Home SDS 8B+ (Boulder) 30th September 2021 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CUh1fdOj9Mk/

Truffles On Bicycles 8B+ (Boulder) 1st December 2021 (approx)

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

Raggamuffin 8B+ (Boulder) 14th June 2022 8C

https://www.instagram.com/p/Ce_lOtnjh89/

https://youtu.be/okkyOpLC6UI?t=569

Traci Lords SDS 8B+ (Boulder) 1st January 2016 (approx)
Amandala 8B+ (Boulder) 1st January 2018 (approx)

Third go.

Oliphant's Dawn 8B+ (Boulder) 15th July 2018

Third go.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BlQzRk-F_pS/

Jade 8B+ (Boulder) 17th June 2019 (approx)

Third go.

https://youtu.be/B_lAhBvtO-A?t=319

Ode to a Modern Man 8B+ (Boulder) 19th June 2019

Third go.

https://youtu.be/B_lAhBvtO-A?t=814

Bewilderness 8B+ (Boulder) 1st August 2020 (approx)

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) 31st August 2020
The Origin 8B+ (Boulder) 8th August 2021 (approx) 8B+

https://www.instagram.com/p/CSTzX-KDM5u/

Crescendo 8B+ (Boulder) 1st January 2022 (approx)

https://youtu.be/rZHRIFrd35I?t=456

Squalo Bianco 8B+ (Boulder) 1st March 2022 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CbItq28tYLJ/

Compass North 8B+ (Boulder) 1st April 2022 (approx)

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

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

Retaliation 8B (Boulder) 1st January 2016 (approx)
Ebbing the Flow 8B (Boulder) 1st July 2020 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CK9TXiBD47v/

Hustled SDS 8B (Boulder) 22nd July 2021 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CRv7D2eDPnu/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUj_ApZfodg&t=683s

Out of Shadows 8B (Boulder) 1st August 2021 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfDi36fpIPg&t=186s

Slim Pickings 8B (Boulder) 9th August 2021 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfDi36fpIPg&t=841s

Back for Seconds 8B (Boulder) 9th August 2021 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfDi36fpIPg&t=650s

Flipnic in to the Crack 8B (Boulder) 5th January 2022 8B
XXXS 8B (Boulder) 8th February 2022
Ragga 8B (Boulder) 21st May 2022

https://youtu.be/okkyOpLC6UI?t=343

Muffin Top 8B (Boulder) 24th May 2022

https://youtu.be/okkyOpLC6UI?t=449

Master Key 8B (Boulder Flash) 1st August 2018

https://www.instagram.com/aidan.roberts98/p/Bl8j4TMDR1G

Shallow Groove 8B (Boulder) 23rd May 2020 (approx)

Third ascent. In a session.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAptLHIDB9C/?igshid=10kdfrfiu1cps

https://www.flickr.com/photos/beastmaker/49937266778/in/dateposted/

Isles of Wonder 8B (Boulder) 1st January 2021 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CPoTIQQJFu1/

https://youtu.be/C0iZPT-rj5E?t=39

The Ace 8B (Boulder) 1st January 2021 (approx)

https://youtu.be/y6mHPXtge4w?t=425

Dead and Bloated 8B (Boulder) 1st July 2021 (approx)
Wedgie Wall 8B (Boulder) 1st July 2021 (approx)
Paper Birds Low 8B (Boulder) 1st July 2021 (approx)
Louis Armstrong 8B (Boulder) 31st July 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JzBCMpfk4o

Rocking Specter 8B (Boulder) 1st August 2021 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfDi36fpIPg&t=61s

Vecchio Leone 8B (Boulder Flash) 3rd March 2022

https://youtu.be/waFXEQHVhNo?t=272

Madame Allure 8B (Boulder) 1st July 2022 (approx)

Second ascent.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cgyjkt8jEmb/

https://youtu.be/2pkHqSsctCE

Stairway to Heaven 8B (Boulder) 23rd October 2022

https://www.instagram.com/p/CkF-CTAjrOH/

Big Chief 8B (Boulder)

Second ascent?

Little Women 8B (Boulder)
Panic on Funkotron 8B (Boulder)

Second ascent

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade