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Dave Birkett - 1968
An enigmatic figure in British climbing, Birkett is without a doubt one of the great trad climbers of our time. Dave is responsible for an unparraled array of impressive first ascents and cutting-edge repeats throughout England and the entire UK, and at present all eight of his E9s are unrepeated, including "Return of the King" E9 6c (East Buttress, Scafell, 2006), "Welcome to the Cruel World" E9 7a (East Buttress, Scafell, 2002) and the 1992 testpiece "If Six was Nine" E9 6c on Iron Crag.

Although specialised in trad ascents, he has also redpointed up to 8b+, on-sighted 8a and sent Font 8a. Dave Birkett was born in 1968 and resides in the Lake District with his wife Mary.
Dave Birkett repeating The Brothers Karamazov E9 6c a St Govan’s Head, Pembroke, Wales
Photo by Alastair Lee

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