Jerry Moffatt's Revelations

The word revelation, means "the revealing of something previously unknown". I've read Jerry Moffatt's autobiography, written in close co-operation with Niall Grimes. And yes, the title is fitting. Many of the facts and anecdotes from the book, were previously unknown, at least to me.

I really liked it and don't want to spoil the fun for anyone, so here's by brief review:

Jerry starts climbing and gets obsessed. For some years he's the total climbing bum: homeless with a severe climbing addiction. He seems driven by an extreme urge to prove himself. He does. First by making his mark in the UK, then internationally. In the mid 80-ties, he was, without a doubt, the best sport climber in the world, and before retiring from competition climbing in 1990, he was ranked #1.

Jerry was ahead of his time and always tried to come up with new innovative ways of getting an edge on his fellow "competitors", both physically and mentally. It didn't matter whether it was about climbing the hardest routes, winning climbing competitions or succeeding in business - he needed to be the best at what he did. Of course he had his set backs, such as overuse injuries, MC-accidents...etc, but he never gave up.

On a historical level, it's very interesting to get a peek "behind the scenes" at what the legends of the era, like Güllich, Jibé, Moon, Rabatou, Albert, Kauk, the Menestrels, Bachar etc. were like and what they did and how.

In a way, I wish I had read this book 20 years ago, when I was 17, because it's really inspiring, and it shows how hard work really pays off, but in other ways, it was probably for the better that I didn't...

If you're at all interested in climbing history this is a must read.

This post has been read 2,068 times

Return to Latest News

Support UKC

As climbers we strive to make 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 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

Loading Notifications...
Facebook Twitter Copy Email LinkedIn Pinterest