Gypsy Blood - 8c+ First Ascent for Tom Bolger

by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor May/2012
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+Tom Bolger on his new route Gypsy Blood (8c+) at Santa Linya, 218 kbTom Bolger on his new route Gypsy Blood (8c+) at Santa Linya
© Lynne Malcolm
Tom Bolger has climbed another hard route in the Santa Linya cave, Spain, this time making the first ascent of a line he bolted last November.

His new route is called Gypsy Blood and is graded 8c+. Tom described it as: "Pure power endurance, speed is essential as there isnīt really a rest - only spots to grab chalk. It's really fun, athletic climbing."

Speaking about first bolting a route, and then making the first ascent, Tom said:

"The full circle process is something really satisfying and has got me really psyched to bolt more and get some more first ascents."

Tom is one of the UK's top sport climbers with multiple routes of 9a and 9a/+ under his belt. He lives in Spain for most of the time, but is heading back to the UK for the summer in a few weeks. We wish him luck on the British routes.

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+Tom Bolger on his new route Gypsy Blood (8c+) at Santa Linya, 192 kbTom Bolger on his new route Gypsy Blood (8c+) at Santa Linya
© Lynne Malcolm
+Tom Bolger on his new route Gypsy Blood (8c+) at Santa Linya, 216 kbTom Bolger on his new route Gypsy Blood (8c+) at Santa Linya
© Lynne Malcolm

Tom Bolger is sponsored by Edelrid

Thanks go to Lynne Malcolm for the photos with this report.

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