Alex Barrows

I started climbing aged 17 after going to the local wall with my school. Having caught the bug my first few years were predominantly focused on classic traditional routes. Nowadays I mainly think of myself as a sport climber, though I spend a lot of my time bouldering too since weakness is probably my biggest weakness!

I’m a huge fan of steep, burly, 3D climbing – toe hooks, kneebars and biceps galore. Preferably with a huge dose of pump too – I love endurance routes; for me, that really gives the opportunity to get into the headspace that I love. The times I’m happiest are when I’m away on trips, fully engrossed in the climbing and the lifestyle that goes with it. I’m a big fan of training for those trips too!


Formerly Bristol, now Sheffield


Sport climbing, bouldering, training… and solar energy


9a repoints, 8b/+ onsight, 8B boulder. More than that, success to me is doing things I never thought I could do – Pilgrimage and The Wheel of Life spring to mind. I think the thing I’m most proud of is getting reasonably handy at climbing despite starting off being pretty rubbish. I was very much not a wonder-kid!

-Favourite Scarpa-

The Booster S is my go-to choice for most situations, with the new Instinct Lace for heel and toe-hooks

-No Place Too Far-

On the road, in a van, anywhere with steepness, sun, and stamina. Southern France holds a particularly special place in my heart, as does Colorado.

Kaabarrows from Wood FT on Vimeo.