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28/10/2012: Mayan Smith-Gobat climbing Punks in the Gym (32/8b+) at Arapiles, Australia.
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Mayan Smith-Gobat and the Punks in the Gym video at Arapiles

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The video of Mayan Smith-Gobat and the first female ascent of Punks in the Gym (32/8b+) at Arapiles, Australia.

Almost precisely a year ago, on 28 October 2012, Kiwi climber Mayan Smith-Gobat succeeded in the first female ascent of Punks in the Gym (32/8b+), the route envisaged by Swissman Martin Scheel and then freed by Wolfgang Güllich in 1985 at Arapiles in Australia. To repeat the route Smith-Gobat had to find a new sequence that avoided the leftwards traverse and reachy boulder crux, and instead climbs directly up past a series of terrible crimps. It'll certainly be interesting to see if this variation becomes the norm in the future...



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