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Tom Bolger


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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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Babsi Zangerl on Green Spit  © Babsi Zangerl Collection

The Ticklist #13 - Hard Sport, Highball Bouldering and Horrendous Crack Climbing

In this week's Ticklist, we take a look at some hard sport ascents, Barbara Zangerl's ascent of Greenspit and the usual hard bouldering.

Tom Bolger on Gancho Perfecto 9a+.  © @esteban.ele.eme
Tom Bolger on Gancho Perfecto 9a+.  © @esteban.ele.eme

News Gancho Perfecto 9a+ by Tom Bolger

British expat living in Catalonia, Tom Bolger, has climbed his first 9a+ with an ascent of Chris Sharma's Gancho Perfecto at Margalef's Finestra sector. 

Iker Pou on Rayu 8c.   © Hermanos Pou
Iker Pou on Rayu 8c.   © Hermanos Pou

The Ticklist #8 - Hard Sport Abroad

While there's been plenty of top-end British ascents this past week, it's a been a quieter week for interesting ascents abroad. Here's a round-up of some recent sport and multi-pitch action...

Tom Bolger returns to form on Victimas Perez 9a  © Henning Wang/MadSkillz Media
Tom Bolger returns to form on Victimas Perez 9a  © Henning Wang/MadSkillz Media

News Victimas Perez 9a by Tom Bolger

British ex-pat Tom Bolger has ticked his 10th 9a with at Finestra sector, Margalef, Spain. Tom has been resident in Spain for a...

Tom Bolger redpointing Seleccio Natural, 9a, Santa Linya  © Sam Williams
Tom Bolger redpointing Seleccio Natural, 9a, Santa Linya  © Sam Williams

News Seleccio Natural, 9a, & 8b flash for Tom Bolger

Tom Bolger has confirmed his return to form following his recent back injury, as after climbing Era...

Tom Bolger on Catxasita, 9a/+, Santa Linya  © Tom Bolger Collection
Tom Bolger on Catxasita, 9a/+, Santa Linya  © Tom Bolger Collection

Interview Tom Bolger on Era Vella, 9a

Catalunya-based Brit, Tom Bolger recently had a return to 9a form with an ascent of Era Vella, following a back injury...

Tom Bolger redpointing Era Vella, 9a, Margalef  © Said Belhaj
Tom Bolger redpointing Era Vella, 9a, Margalef  © Said Belhaj

News Era Vella, 9a, for Tom Bolger

Tom Bolger, an Ex-pat Brit living in Spain has just climbed the Margalef classic Era Vella, 9a. This heralds a...

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

News Gypsy Blood - 8c+ First Ascent for Tom Bolger

Tom Bolger on Catxasita, 9a/+, Santa Linya  © Tom Bolger Collection
Tom Bolger on Catxasita, 9a/+, Santa Linya  © Tom Bolger Collection

News Santa Linya 9a/+ For Tom Bolger

Tom Bolger fighting his way to victory on another 9a - Fabela pa la enmienda  © Lynne Malcolm
Tom Bolger fighting his way to victory on another 9a - Fabela pa la enmienda  © Lynne Malcolm

Interview Another 9a at Santa Linya for Tom Bolger

Tom Bolger on Honky Tonky, Onate  © Lynne Malcolm
Tom Bolger on Honky Tonky, Onate  © Lynne Malcolm

News Tom Bolger Climbs 4 8c Sport Routes

Tom Bolger on Ciudad de Dios  © Maria Torres
Tom Bolger on Ciudad de Dios  © Maria Torres

News Bolger bags Ciudad de Dios, 9a/+

A very happy Tom Bolger, immediately after his ascent of Cadena Perpetua.  © Pete O'Donovan
A very happy Tom Bolger, immediately after his ascent of Cadena Perpetua.  © Pete O'Donovan

News Another F9a for Tom Bolger

Daila Ojeda on her new route and her first 8c at Oliana.  © Peter O'Donovan
Daila Ojeda on her new route and her first 8c at Oliana.  © Peter O'Donovan

Photos Bolger 9a, Ojeda 8c, Andrada 9a+ and Sharma

The LowDown: 9a FA by Bolger  © UKC News
The LowDown: 9a FA by Bolger  © UKC News

News 9a FA by Bolger

Tom Bolger, Lynne Malcolm and Dillan, one of the three canine rescue centre dogs they’ve found a home for  © Pete O'Donovan
Tom Bolger, Lynne Malcolm and Dillan, one of the three canine rescue centre dogs they’ve found a home for  © Pete O'Donovan

News An Interview With Tom Bolger

Tom Bolger - Cadena Perpetua - F8c.   © Pete O'Donovan
Tom Bolger - Cadena Perpetua - F8c.   © Pete O'Donovan

Photos Tom Bolger Climbs 'Old School F8c' in Spain

Tom Bolger climbing in Spain  © Maria Torres
Tom Bolger climbing in Spain  © Maria Torres

News Tom Bolger - Another F8c+

Tom Bolger climbing,   © Maria Torres
Tom Bolger climbing,   © Maria Torres

News Tom Bolger: Ingravids Extension F8c+


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The Fitz Roy on Monty Python's Direct at Kyloe-in-the-woods  © UKC Gear

Looking for Wild: Fitz Roy pants + Cilaos shorts

Looking for Wild are a new French climbing clothing brand whose clothes are ideal for climbing whilst also being extremely stylish. The build quality, active cut and environmental credentials are particular plus points, we reckon.

You can see the flexion in the forefoot  © UKC Gear
You can see the flexion in the forefoot  © UKC Gear

Tenaya Mundaka

The Mundaka is an extremely soft rock shoe designed to give a close, glove-like fit. They are so soft that they prompt Theo Moore to ask the question 'how soft is too soft...?'

Click Up + from Climbing Technology   © UKC Gear
Click Up + from Climbing Technology   © UKC Gear

Climbing Technology Click Up+ Assisted Braking Belay Device

The Click Up+ is an updated version of the popular Click Up. Will we love the update as much as we loved the original?

Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear
Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

For a dedicated sport climbing harness you will want something light, comfortable and fairly simple. In this group test...

Nuptse evo montage  © Tom Ripley
Nuptse evo montage  © Tom Ripley

Climbing Technology Nuptse Evo Crampon

A classic 12-point crampon that will cover you from winter walking, though mountaineering, to climbing at a respectable...

Women's all-round harnesses group test  © UKC Gear
Women's all-round harnesses group test  © UKC Gear

Women's All-Round Harnesses

Many climbers are all-rounders, so there's a need for harnesses that can do a bit of everything too. We look at nine...

Entries within the Performance Rock Shoe Group Test  © UKC Gear
Entries within the Performance Rock Shoe Group Test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes

'Performance' is a huge category, so with UK sport climbing in mind we've narrowed the focus of this review to down-turned, supportive...


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ISPO 2020 Climbing Gear  © UKC

ISPO 2020 - New Climbing Gear

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than usual, this in no way detracted from the quality of the clobber on show and hitting the shops in the near future. Below...

Sport Chain  © Climbing Technology
Sport Chain  © Climbing Technology

Climbing Technology Sport Climbing Highlights

Although Climbing Technology design gear for all types of climbing, it's probably fair to say that sport climbing equipment forms the core of their range. CT are based on the outskirts of Milan, close the Italian Alps and a number of world...

OutDoor 2019 - Climbing Gear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Climbing Gear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Gear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the world's outdoor industry gathered in Munich to network, drink beer and showcase their shiny new stuff. For us it's a great opportunity to...

OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Shoes and Footwear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the...

ispo 2019 Climbing Hardware  © UKC
ispo 2019 Climbing Hardware  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Climbing Hardware Roundup

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of...

Chris Sharma on Joe Mama, 9a+, Oliana, Spain  © Ricardo Giancola
Chris Sharma on Joe Mama, 9a+, Oliana, Spain  © Ricardo Giancola

Chris Sharma joins Tenaya

Whilst there are a great many 'climbing greats', few are greater than Chris Sharma. Ever since the age of 14 Sharma has been...

Snow Flex 3 x 2  © Climbing Technology
Snow Flex 3 x 2  © Climbing Technology

Climbing Technology Winter Range

Climbing Technology's range of winter specific equipment gets better each year. For winter 2018 / 2019 they have a...


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