• 30-OCT-2012

First female Ascent – Mayan Smith-Gobat sends "Punks in the Gym" (8b+/5,14a)

Mayan in "Punks in the Gym"
On October 28th, New Zealand climber Mayan Smith-Gobat rocked the Australian Arapiles. After spending several weeks at the site, and over two years obsessing about it, she finally sent "Punks in the Gym" (8b+/5.14a). When it was first climbed by legendary Wolfgang Güllich in 1985, it was the hardest route at that time and a new benchmark for difficulty and is still regarded as a world-class test-piece - Punks has been described as being 'the ultimate examination in climbing'.

"When I first tried Punks in the Gym, nearly 2 years ago, I thought that it was a climb that I would never be able to achieve because of its long reaches... . To avoid the powerful shoulder presses I came up with a new sequence. This made the moves possible for me, but changed the route into an unrelenting crimp-fest! Since then I have invested a huge amount of time and effort into climbing this route - it feels incredible to have finally achieved this goal and lifelong dream of mine! Thanks to everyone who has supported me throughout this process."