Dave Birkett


Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 8A
Hardest Sport (Worked): 8b
Hardest Trad (Worked): E10
Hardest Trad (Onsight): E8

A prolific force in the Lake District in the UK, establishing many hard and bold trad lines throughout the 1990s and 2000s.

Contributors: remus

Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 8A
Hardest Sport (Worked): 8b
Hardest Trad (Worked): E10
Hardest Trad (Onsight): E8

A prolific force in the Lake District in the UK, establishing many hard and bold trad lines throughout the 1990s and 2000s.

Contributors: remus

Lists


Podcasts


Pics + Vids

Nowt Burra Flee'in Thing (E8, FA)
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Added at 15:06 on 13 June 2024
Welcome to the Cruel World (E9, FA)
Added at 19:12 on 24 December 2023
Caution (E8, FA)
Added at 21:12 on 24 December 2023
I Got Horribly Sober (8b, FA)
Added at 19:03 on 04 March 2024
Stefan Grossman SDS (8A, FA)
Added at 17:04 on 15 April 2024
Missing (E7)
Added at 12:05 on 07 May 2023
Return of the King (E9, FA)
Added at 12:05 on 07 May 2023
Return of the King (E9, FA)
Added at 12:05 on 07 May 2023
Talbot Horizon (E9, FA)
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Added at 15:04 on 15 April 2021
Skye Wall (E7, FA)
Added at 12:05 on 07 May 2023

Ascents

26 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 Unrighteous Doctors 7c+ Lead | worked 1991
First ascent.
1992 If 6 was 9 E9 Lead | worked 1992
First ascent.
Hellish E8 Lead | worked 14th Jul 1992
First ascent.
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000 Stefan Grossman SDS 8A Boulder | worked 2000
First ascent.

Withe special permission from the farmer as the boulder was foot and mouth banned at the time. [1]

References

[1] On The Edge Issue 107, page 14.

Throw Another Sheep on the Fire E7 Lead | worked 24th Mar 2000
First ascent.

References

[1] On The Edge Issue 108, page 11.

Talbot Horizon E9 Lead | worked 27th Jul 2000
2001 I Got Horribly Sober 8b Lead | worked 2001
First ascent.

References

[1] On The Edge issue 110, page 11

2002 Welcome to the Cruel World E9 Lead | worked 2002
First ascent.
2003 Fear of Failure E8 Lead | onsight 2003
2004 Breathless E9 Lead | worked 2004
Second ascent.
2005 Nowt Burra Flee'in Thing E8 Lead | worked May 2005
First ascent.

The name comes from a quote from Will Ritson, an innkeeper in Wasdale in the 1800s:

There's nobbut ya way up scaafell crags...an nowt but a fleein thing could git up't crags...never neahbody he'd getten up there, an neahbody nivver wad. [1]

References

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/C8KTuRoqehd/

Divided Years E9 Lead | worked Aug 2005
2006 Return of the King E9 Lead | worked 2006
Missing E7 Lead | worked Before 1st Oct 2006
2007 Skye Wall E7 Lead | worked 2007
First ascent.

References

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeVzZDbg3eY

Hasty Sin Oot Ert Hoonds? E9 Lead | worked 20th Jul 2007
2008 My Piano E8 Lead | onsight 22nd May 2008
2009
2010 The Walk of Life E9 Lead | worked 2010
Third ascent.

When everything settles down as regards the grade and the hype that surrounds it, it will be heralded as a modern extreme classic of the 21st Century.

References

[1] https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2010/05/birkett_repeats_the_walk_of_life_-_full_story-53538

Once Upon a Time in the Southwest E9 Lead | worked Nov 2010
2011
2012
2013 Psykovsky's Sequins E9 Lead | worked 8th Aug 2013

Dave suggested E8 after finding (and testing!) a filed down slider to protect the route.

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2013/08/birkett_repeats_cooksons_route_and_rescues_sheep-68270

2014 To Hell and Back E10 Lead | worked 2014

Date is a bit of a guess based on this interview with Natalie Berry from UKC https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/features/dave_birkett_the_weekend_warrior-8532

Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
I Got Horribly Sober 8b Lead | worked 2001
First ascent.

References

[1] On The Edge issue 110, page 11

Unrighteous Doctors 7c+ Lead | worked 1991
First ascent.
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Stefan Grossman SDS 8A Boulder | worked 2000
First ascent.

Withe special permission from the farmer as the boulder was foot and mouth banned at the time. [1]

References

[1] On The Edge Issue 107, page 14.

Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
To Hell and Back E10 Lead | worked 2014

Date is a bit of a guess based on this interview with Natalie Berry from UKC https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/features/dave_birkett_the_weekend_warrior-8532

Die by the Drop E10 Lead | worked
If 6 was 9 E9 Lead | worked 1992
First ascent.
Talbot Horizon E9 Lead | worked 27th Jul 2000
Welcome to the Cruel World E9 Lead | worked 2002
First ascent.
Return of the King E9 Lead | worked 2006 E9
Hasty Sin Oot Ert Hoonds? E9 Lead | worked 20th Jul 2007
Once Upon a Time in the Southwest E9 Lead | worked Nov 2010
Breathless E9 Lead | worked 2004
Second ascent.
Divided Years E9 Lead | worked Aug 2005
The Walk of Life E9 Lead | worked 2010 E9
Third ascent.

When everything settles down as regards the grade and the hype that surrounds it, it will be heralded as a modern extreme classic of the 21st Century.

References

[1] https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2010/05/birkett_repeats_the_walk_of_life_-_full_story-53538

Psykovsky's Sequins E9 Lead | worked 8th Aug 2013 E8

Dave suggested E8 after finding (and testing!) a filed down slider to protect the route.

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2013/08/birkett_repeats_cooksons_route_and_rescues_sheep-68270

Hellish E8 Lead | worked 14th Jul 1992
First ascent.
Nowt Burra Flee'in Thing E8 Lead | worked May 2005 E8
First ascent.

The name comes from a quote from Will Ritson, an innkeeper in Wasdale in the 1800s:

There's nobbut ya way up scaafell crags...an nowt but a fleein thing could git up't crags...never neahbody he'd getten up there, an neahbody nivver wad. [1]

References

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/C8KTuRoqehd/

Caution E8 Lead | worked
First ascent.
Impact Day E8 Lead | worked
First ascent.
Fear of Failure E8 Lead | onsight 2003
My Piano E8 Lead | onsight 22nd May 2008
Femme Fatale E8 Lead | worked
Throw Another Sheep on the Fire E7 Lead | worked 24th Mar 2000
First ascent.

References

[1] On The Edge Issue 108, page 11.

Skye Wall E7 Lead | worked 2007
First ascent.

References

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeVzZDbg3eY

Peppered Boursin E7 Lead | worked
First ascent.
Missing E7 Lead | worked Before 1st Oct 2006
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade