Martin Atkinson

Martin started climbing in Yorkshire, England around 1974. He was part of the generation who took over from Pete Livesey and Ron Fawcett.

For the first part of my climbing...I just wanted to do everything that Ron did... The Vision, Eye of the Tiger, whatever it was as soon as he did it I just wanted to do it! [3]

References

[1] Statement of Youth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeqI9axxrco.

[2] Interview with Jon Barton of Vertebrate Publishing https://www.v-publishing.co.uk/blog/v-publishing-blog/the-climbers-of-84-hunter-house-road/

[3] Interview on his route Mecca - The Mid-life Crisis https://vimeo.com/68128640


Media

Martin Atkinson
Added at 11:11 on 16 November 2021
Martin Atkinson
Added at 09:02 on 07 February 2021
Sidekick (E6, FA)
Added at 22:03 on 10 March 2021
Dream Topping (E7, FA)
Added at 22:03 on 10 March 2021
Mecca - The Mid-life Crisis (8b+, FA)
Added at 11:11 on 16 November 2021
The Dangerous Brothers (8a, FA)
Added at 08:01 on 26 January 2021

Ascents

8 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
1984 Sidekick E6 (Lead) 26 Aug 1984

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.116371059819780/116374353152784

Dream Topping E7 (Lead) 15 Oct 1984

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.116371059819780/116374463152773

1985
1986
1987 Supercool 8a+ (Lead) 01 Jan 1987 (approx)
The Dangerous Brothers 8a (Lead) 14 Mar 1987

Stoney new routes book

1988 Mecca - The Mid-life Crisis 8b+ (Lead) 01 Sep 1988 (approx)

The hardest route in the UK at the time, and completed the day before Martin moved to Switzerland to start a job with Mammut [1].

We ended up having this enormous bouldering session...doing loads of stuff and feeling really strong...then someone said "come on, have a go then" and I just did it. [1]

[1] https://vimeo.com/68128640

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
Mecca - The Mid-life Crisis 8b+ (Lead) 01 Sep 1988 (approx)

The hardest route in the UK at the time, and completed the day before Martin moved to Switzerland to start a job with Mammut [1].

We ended up having this enormous bouldering session...doing loads of stuff and feeling really strong...then someone said "come on, have a go then" and I just did it. [1]

[1] https://vimeo.com/68128640

Supercool 8a+ (Lead) 01 Jan 1987 (approx)
Revelations (Pre-1999) 8a+ (Lead)

Pre-1991. [1]

[1] The Power of Climbing (1991) by David Jones, page 192

Chouca 8a+ (Lead)

Third ascent? [1]

[1] https://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/ukc/supercool_duncan_drake_versus_martin_atkinson-493019?v=1#x6743460

The Dangerous Brothers 8a (Lead) 14 Mar 1987

Stoney new routes book

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date