Mayan Smith-Gobat Repeats Punks In The Gym (5.14a)

Mayan Smith-Gobat Repeats Punks In The Gym (5.14a)

Mayan Smith-Gobat has done the first female ascent of Wolfang Gullich’s legendary 5.
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14a Punks In The Gym at Australia’s Mt. Arapiles.  First done back in 1985, Punks was likely the hardest route in the world at the time, and it has remained a difficult challenge even if it is “only” 5.
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Smith-Gobat worked the route over the course of three years before clipping the chains:

Clipping the chains on this route felt amazing – It meant more to me than I ever thought it would. I had almost expected this moment to be an anti-climax, because I had spent so much time on this route. But it was the opposite – I was in disbelief, totally ecstatic and could not sleep at all that night because I was still so excited…  I just kept staring at the full moon repeating to myself “I just climbed Punks! – Its done…”

Check out her blog post about the send for more background on the process or working this route as well as a handful of great images from Rich Crowder.

Mayan Smith-Gobat on Punks In The Gym courtesy of Rich Crowder/adidas Outdoor

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