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Gypsy Blood - 8c+ First Ascent for Tom Bolger

© Lynne Malcolm
Tom 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
© 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 isn´t 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.

To read more about Tom:

Tom 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
© Lynne Malcolm
Tom 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
© Lynne Malcolm

Tom Bolger is sponsored by Edelrid

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


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Tom Bolger is a British expat who moved to Catalunya to focus on his climbing career. He's redpointed numerous ninth-grade routes up to 9a+ (Gancho Perfecto). He's also a former GB Climbing Team member.

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22 May, 2012
Tom I thought that you would take advantage of the cooler temps this week and you looked close when we were out. Good one.!
Good work Tom. Another beefy line for the cave. What's the current situation on the projected banning of the cave now? Any more progress? Do I cancel my flights for the autumn??!
23 May, 2012
That first pic is mono-tastic!
24 May, 2012
How exactly is it racist?
24 May, 2012
I believe ( i seem to remember it being mentioned in a previous article about him ) that his family are/have been gipsies. Why would you think it was racist ?
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