|Climber Name||# Ascents Recorded||Notes||Exclude reason|
Adam Ondra is widely considered to be the best rock climber in the world.
He has established or repeated many of the worlds 9bs, put up the first 9b+ with Change and the first 9c with Silence. He's onsighted multiple 9as and became the first person to flash 9a+ when he climbed Super Crackinette on his first try. He is also an extremely strong boulderer with multiple ascents of boulders up to 8C+.
While his hardest ascents are notable what sets Adam apart from his contemporaries is his depth of experience. At the time of writing he has onsighted 64 8cs, 21 8c+s, 3 9as and climbed 188 routes graded 9a or harder. He has also won the world cup 7 times and the world championships 5 times.
At the forefront of british sport climbing. Put up the UKs first 9a+, Mutation and first 9b, Rainman as well as a raft of routes from 8c+ upwards. Also a dab hand on trad with several very hard ascents to his name and some very impressive onsight ascents.
Scottish lone wolf who has performed at a very high level across many disciplines. Dave has established or repeated almost all the hard climbing in Scotland, from 8B+ boulder problems to grade XI winter routes.
Features in Cutting Loose.
At the forefront of british climbing form the early eighties to mid-nineties. Along with Ben Moon Jerry established many hard firsts in the UK, Germany, France and USA including historic ascents such as The Face, Revelations and Liquid Ambar.
Prolific first ascentionist with some of the UKs hardest problems to his name. Part owner of Beastmaker.
Features in Life on Hold.
Prolific north wales based trad machine who's also a very capable sport climber. One of the best onsight climbers in the UK with over a hundred E7 onsights to his name. He's also completed some impressive challenges, such as the 100 lakes extremes in a day.
On the 26th May James climbed Revelations at Raven Tor, the last route of 180 on his way to ticking every route in the book Extreme Rock. This incredible effort demonstrates a huge breadth and depth of experience, from relatively pedestrian climbs such as The Strand at Gogarth (North Stack And Main Cliff) to bold and intimidating leads such as Johnny Dawes' Indian Face and Jerry Moffatt's Master's Wall.
Features in 80's Birth of Extreme.
One of the new generation of climbers who has come up through the comp scene and applied his talents to the rock.
At the top of the scene in the mid 70s and early 80s and one of the first professional climbers in the UK.
Ron famously climbed 100 extremes (i.e. routes graded E1 or harder) in a day in 1986 starting at Froggatt then going on to Stanage, Burbage and finishing at Curbar. This feat is even more impressive when you consider that Ron was not just picking the easiest routes available: Downhill Racer (E4), Heartless Hare (E5) and Ulysses or Bust (E5) feature among the hard routes that he climbed.
Owner of some of the steeliest fingers in UK climbing.
German power house who was forged in the Frankenjura.
Features in Statement of Youth.
When Chris started climbing he reinvigorated the US sport climbing scene, quickly repeating many of the hardest lines before establishing his own hard lines such as Necessary Evil, the first 8c+/14c in the US.
Through the rest of his career he took sport climbing in to the modern era by cementing the 9a+ and 9b grades with a string of cutting edge ascents throughout Europe and the US.
Prolific explorer and first ascenionist in the peak district. Has also repeated many hard problems at home and abroad. Part owner of Beastmaker.
Prolific North Wales developer.
Peak district based climber's climber.
Author of the seminal Big Balls and Ground Falls.
One half of the WideBoyz.
Hazel is one of the co-hosts on The Curious Climber Podcast.
An early adherent of training on a woody who put his strength to excellent use, putting up many of the hardest problems in the UK from the early 90s to early 2000s.
Very capable comp climber who has a solid track record on rock too.
Breaker of hearts.
Interesting interview with him here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbZALxPdjZg, courtesy of Simon Lee. Some footage of John climbing on his board is also available from the same interview https://vimeo.com/82936059.
Good analysis from Dan Varian on this thread https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php?topic=30355.0
Because of the uncertainty around so many of his ascents he's been excluded from all lists.
Nearly ticked every route on stanage (only Mother of Pearl and Marbellous remain at the time of writing).
Pex hill resident and prolific North Wales activist in the 70s and 80s.
Phil sadly passed away from cancer on 15th February 2021.
Owner of one of the all time great psyche screams. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9TLH-1Vv_Q.
North wales based crusher.
John was a prolific and gifted climber who established a host of hard, classic routes on his local gritstone crags in the peak district.
Lines that had been eyed up by many fell to this prodigious young talent. He climbed Old Friends when he was just 14 and continued adding quality new first ascents from there, such as Hairless Heart, White Wand, Profit of Doom and London Wall which were climbed within a 2 week period at age 16!
Tom is an expat living in Spain, where he has done most of his harder climbing.
Features in Life on Hold.