UKC

Jerry Moffatt’s Biography....and Ron Fawcett's

© Vertebrate Publishing

How Jeremy Moffatt became Jerry Moffatt

 

photo
Jerry Moffatt and his Ghost Writer
© Vertebrate Publishing
"I had already done one new route, a few years before, when a friend and me did a new VS in some old quarry near school, a grotty little place that no one ever went to. Really unimportant. But I sent the details of my climb off to the magazines, where new routes were recorded at the time. As a mad keen youth, I was desperate to see my name in the mags. I wrote the name and grade and the date we did it on in a letter to the editor of Crags magazine, Geoff Birtles. I went to write my name under it. At the time, people at school either called me Jeremy, like my parents did, or Jez. I thought about it. Jeremy. Jeremy Moffatt. It didn't sound to cool, really. Jez Moffatt? No. None of the top climbers are called anything like Jez.

Jerry? Jerry Moffatt? That sounded better. I signed the letter, posted it off, and a month or two later, the magazine came out, and there was the route, and after it, my name. From that day on, I decided I would be known as Jerry Moffatt.

Vertebrate Publishing to publish biographies of Jerry Moffatt and Ron Fawcett

Sheffield based publisher Vertebrate Publishing, www.v-publishing.co.uk (you may know them as Vertebrate Graphics) are to publish the biographies of Jerry Moffatt and Ron Fawcett, two of the world's greatest ever rock climbers.

Jerry Moffatt

The first to be published, in January 2009, is Jerry Moffatt's autobiography. A force in world rock climbing in the 1980s and 1990s, Jerry not only dominated the crags at home in the UK, with cutting edge routes such as Master's Wall and Liquid Ambar, he took his talent and drive to the crags of France, Germany and the USA, repeating the hardest routes in fine style and establishing harder routes of his own. His ability to travel and perform away from home, across a range of climbing disciplines that included the competition circuit, has led many to regard him as the greatest rock climber ever.

With a working title of 'The Ace: 20 years on top of the pack', this is a first-hand account of what it takes to be the best: the ups and downs, the extraordinary level of dedication to training and climbing, the iconic characters of the time (Wolfgang Gullich, Kurt Albert, Ron Kauk, John Bachar, Ben Moon, Jean Baptiste Tribout – legends in their own right) that Jerry climbed with and with whom he wrote rock climbing history.

As Jerry travelled, the story travels with him. To the gritstone outcrops and limestone dales of the Peak District, the mountain crags and limestone cliffs of North Wales, the south of France, the Frankenjura in Germany, Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Colorado in the USA, Africa and Australia – all major stops in a climbing career littered with cutting edge first ascents and lightning-quick repeats of local testpieces.

Visit www.jerrymoffatt.com to view an exclusive extract from Jerry's personal climbing diary and to register for news about exclusive signed copies. This website will be updated in the run-up to publication.

Ron Fawcett Vertebrate have also commissioned the biography of Ron Fawcett. Due for publication in summer 2009 and being written by Colin Wells, this is an insight into the life of a quiet man and outstanding rock climber who Jerry Moffatt admits was a childhood hero.

photo
Ron Fawcett climbing Wrong Hand Route, Bamford. © Ian Smith

 


Support UKC

As climbers we strive to make UKClimbing.com the kind of website we would love to visit, with the most up-to-date news, diverse and interesting articles, comprehensive gear reviews, breathtaking photographs and a vast and useful logbook system. As a result, an incredible community has formed around the site - we’ve provided the framework but it’s you who make the website what it is today. If you appreciate the content we offer then you can help us by becoming an official UKC Supporter. This can be a one-off single annual payment or a more substantial payment paid monthly or yearly which includes full access to Rockfax Digital and discounts on Rockfax print publications.

If you appreciate UKClimbing.com then please help us by becoming a UKC Supporter.

UKC Supporter

  • Support the website we all know and love
  • Access to a year's subscription to Rockfax Digital.
  • Plus 30% off Rockfax guidebooks
  • Plus Show your support UKC Supporter badge on your profile and forum posts
UKC/UKH/Rockfax logo

6 Oct, 2008
-)
6 Oct, 2008
Says who it was in the piece...
6 Oct, 2008
-)
6 Oct, 2008
I wonder if it'll read with an Irish accent... "and then I climbed Liquid Amber so I did. 'was di ardest ting climbed to date so it was."
6 Oct, 2008
Next years Boardman Tasker Award could be an interesting one!
More Comments
Loading Notifications...
Facebook Twitter Copy Email LinkedIn Pinterest