Punk in the Gym
Copyright: 2016, UK
Specifications: 1st, ltd signed ed n/200, 8vo, pp.317, 35 color & 25 bw photos, silver-embossed black cloth
Condition: signed on limitation page, dj & cloth new
Andy Pollitt, the iconic British climber responsible for the first ascents of routes such as The Hollow Man at Gogarth (the first E8 in Wales) and Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door at Curbar (E9), has written his memoir and a unique take on the climbing scene of the 1980s and 1990s.
Andy grew up in Prestatyn, North Wales, and started climbing while at school, aided by one of his teachers Andy Boorman. A regular on the Welsh scene, he was a key member of the small group of brilliant climbers who went on to revolutionise British – and world – climbing.
Andy moved to Australia in 1993 having famously made the sixth ascent of Wolfgang Güllich’s Punks in the Gym (F8b+) at Arapiles, before giving up climbing for good – the same day! Thankfully, almost twenty-five years later, he’s recorded his life and climbs in this fascinating book.
He brought us sexy climbing, gone were the beards, the wooly socks and the fibre pile. Andy was all skin-tight pink lycra, vests, and brooding looks. For those watching, he had it all. But, here he gives us the whole truth – self doubt, depression, drinking, fags, womanizing, injuries, loss of a father, and a need for something. With nothing held back, Andy tells his roller-coaster story from the UK to Australia.
This special, signed edition has a different binding from the unsigned trade edition and contains an additional signature page with the limitation number and Andy’s signature.