FRI NIGHT VID: Mayan Smith-Gobat on Punks in the Gymby Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Oct/2013
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Back in October of last year Mayan Smith-Gobat from New Zealand repeated Wolfgang Güllich's 1985 test-piece Punks In The Gym, 8b+, in the Arapiles, Australia.
At the time of the first ascent this was probably the most difficult route in the world. Mayan's 2012 ascent was the first female ascent.
Mayan commented at the time: When I first tried Punks in the Gym, nearly 2 years ago, I thought that it was a climb that I would never be able to achieve because of its long reaches... . To avoid the powerful shoulder presses I came up with a new sequence. This made the moves possible for me, but changed the route into an unrelenting crimp-fest! Since then I have invested a huge amount of time and effort into climbing this route - it feels incredible to have finally achieved this goal and lifelong dream of mine!