Alex Barrows


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Alex Barrows started climbing at 17 and has become famous for his hard sport climbing and bouldering ascents, including Era Vella 9a and The Wheel of Life 8C. He is also well known for his dedication to training and knee bars.


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News Alex Barrows establishes new Raven Tor 9a

Alex Barrows has made the first ascent of The Last Nacho, 9a, at Raven Tor.

News Two 9a ticks by Brits in Spain

Two British 9a ascents have been made in the Lleida province of Catalonia, Spain, recently. Luke Dawson ticked Esclatamasters at Perles, while Alex Barrows redpointed La Fabela por la Enmienda in the Santa Linya Cave.

News Hard Kilnsey First Ascent by Alex Barrows

Alex Barrows has made the first ascent of a new line bolted by Neil Gresham at Kilnsey, which he has named Preposterous Tales. Alex is unsure of the grade, but estimates it to be somewhere between 8c and 9a+. The route follows Epic Adventures 8c...

News Alex Barrows on Form in Leonidio

Alex Barrows has enjoyed a productive trip to Leonidio in Greece, flashing 8b+ and onsighting three 8bs.

News New 9a Raven Tor link-up by Alex Barrows

Alex Barrows has discovered a new link-up at Raven Tor, joining a variant of Belly of the Beast 8B+ and Chimes of...

News Wheel of Life 8C for Alex Barrows

Alex Barrows has climbed his first 8C, ticking The Wheel of Life 8C at Hollow Mountain Cave in the Grampians, Australia. The problem...

News First 9a for Alex Barrows: Era Vella

Sheffield-based climber Alex Barrows has climbed his first 9a - in Margalef, Spain. The 45 metre long...

News Spanish 8b Onsights for Alex Barrows

Video Alex Barrows Climbs Kaabah, 8c+

News Alex Barrows Repeats Pilgrimage (8B+)

Latest Reviews for Alex's Sponsors

Reviews from the UKC editorial team

Recycled Gear - Reducing Our Impact

With a growing awareness of environmental issues, and the urgent need for greater sustainability, many outdoor brands are increasing their use of recycling. To highlight these efforts, we look at a diverse range of products featuring significan...

Scarpa Generator and Generator Mid - The Ultimate Trad Shoe?

These days rock shoes seem to be getting softer and softer, making the quest to find a supportive trad shoe increasingly tough. The Generator and its mid-cut companion buck that trend in a big way, says Rob Greenwood, combining...

Scarpa Vapour S - Something Truly Special?

Rob Greenwood and Penny Orr are mighty impressed by Scarpa's latest slipper. Combining all-day comfort with a surprising degree of performance, the Vapour S redefines what a slipper can do, says Rob.

Scarpa Golden Gate Kima RT - brilliant, apart from the bad bits

A mountain running shoe with a carbon plate - an idea that's crossed over from road running -...

Scarpa Ribelle Run GTX - Can they convert a Gore-Tex sceptic?

Dan Bailey has never been a fan of waterproof-lined running shoes, but finds himself won over by...

UKC / UKH Gear of the Year 2022

Our hard working review team get through a mountain of kit every year. Amongst it all some items stand out from the crowd, and...

Scarpa Mescalito TRK GTX

Based on the popular Mescalito Mid approach shoe, but souped up for greater support on rough ground, the Mescalito TRK GTX is a...

Latest News from Alex's Sponsors

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Scarpa Mescalito Mids - Save 35%

Save 35% and pick up a pair of comfortable, lightweight, three-season hiking boots for just £149! Get ready for summer trekking, hiking and walking adventures.

SCARPA steps forward to sponsor mountain running events

SCARPA has signed up as title sponsor of the Great Lakeland 3Day for the next three editions of the event. In addition, the brand will become the exclusive footwear sponsor of the Montane Dragon's Back Race. Both are organised by...

Outside Deals - Save up to 30% on Scarpa Mojito & DMM Trance harness

The latest deals from Outside are on DMM Trance harness - Save 24% and Scarpa Mojito GTX - Save 30%.

New Gear Autumn / Winter 2021

In our final roundup of new gear for Autumn/Winter 2021, we take a look at an eclectic mix of headtorches, footwear, packs,...

New Climbing Gear Autumn / Winter 2021

For the past couple of months, we've been finding out about all the shiny new gear that's hitting the shops...

New Footwear Spring / Summer '21

In the absence of any trade show this year, we've created our own. Normally, shows tend to focus on products...

Scarpa Manta Tech GTX

The Scarpa Manta has been an icon for over three decades. As a multi award winning model in various generations it has...

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