Prolific new-router Gary Gibson recently climbed his 5,000th new route — an impressive achievement following a period of ill health. A keen route-logger with his own database of climbs and first ascents, Gary reckons he has climbed around 17,600 routes in total so far in his career.
Congrats on getting there. An interesting read, Gary, particularly where you talk about your future. I've not climbed for almost a decade now. Some aspects I miss, particularly the sheer pleasure of moving over rock (when it worked!). Other aspects I don't. I think climbing accentuated some of my less desirable personality traits and brought out an obsessive and selfish side in me. Giving up did feel a little bit sad but also freeing in a way. It's good to hear you have other things to fill the future with. Is this last route your swan song? Also, do you know how many Hazel accompanied you on? She often seemed to figure in the Pembroke articles in the old mags.
this may be my swan song as climbing is very difficult at the moment with no feeling in either hand, as you can imagine but it’s not a badge of honour either
I think it's a fantastic achievement, and to find a soulmate to accompany you on the journey is brilliant. A life well lived as they say. Congratulations.
Well done Gary (and Hazel) its a privilege and honour to have been on one or two of those ascents. ...inspirational. Up the Wolves!
What a stunning achievement and, at the outset, in the teeth of a deal of opprobrium. You couldn't pick up a climbing mag in the early 80s without some vituperative comment on his use of bolts. Have a rest!
Gary, Could you calculate how many metres of hole have you drilled !! Totally respect your commitment and drive over the years .
Just think, if you hadn't done those two routes at the mythical Torside Clough you'd only be at 4,998.
Well done old bean.
Hope to see you at Harpur Hill again soon Gary. A great effort.
Well done Gary.
Thanks for all your hard work. It's very much appreciated.