Revelations: The autobiography of world rock climbing legend Jerry Moffatt


Revelations: The autobiography of world rock climbing legend Jerry Moffatt

When Jerry Moffatt burst onto the scene as a brash 17-year-old, rock climbing had never seen anyone like him before. Fiercely ambitious, even as a boy Moffatt was focussed on one thing: being the best in the world.

Revelations is the story of his meteoric rise to stardom, and how he overcame injury to stay at the top for over two decades. Top sport-climber, brilliant competitor and a pioneer in the new game of bouldering, Moffatt’s story is that of climbing itself in the last thirty years.

Yet Jerry Moffatt is more than a dedicated athlete. Travelling the world to fulfil his dreams, his story is a compelling and often hilarious account of the climbing community with all its glories, dangers and foibles, as well as the story of a true sporting legend.

About JerryA force in world rock climbing in the 1980s and 1990s, Jerry not only dominated the crags at home in the UK, with cutting edge routes such as Master’s Wall and Liquid Ambar, he took his talent and drive to the crags of France, Germany and the USA, repeating the hardest routes in fine style and establishing harder routes of his own. His ability to perform away from home, across a range of climbing disciplines that included the competition circuit, has led many to regard him as the greatest rock climber ever.

In his new book, co-written with Niall Grimes, Jerry gives a first-hand account of what it takes to be the best: the ups and downs, the extraordinary level of dedication to training and climbing, the iconic characters of the time (Wolfgang Güllich, Kurt Albert, Ron Kauk, John Bachar, Ben Moon, Jean Baptiste Tribout – legends in their own right) that Jerry climbed with and with whom he wrote rock climbing history.

As Jerry travelled, the story travels with him. To the gritstone outcrops and limestone dales of the Peak District, the mountain crags and limestone cliffs of North Wales, the south of France, the Frankenjura in Germany, Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Colorado in the USA, Africa and India – all major stops in a climbing career littered with cutting edge first ascents and lightning-quick repeats of local testpieces.

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About the authorsThere are few climbers who could be acknowledged as the best of their generation, Jerry Moffatt is one of them. After taking up climbing while at school in Llandudno in the 1970s he went on to become arguably the best climber in the world during the 1980s and continued to operate at the highest level throughout the 1990s. A regular in the climbing, outdoor and general media thanks to his cutting-edge exploits, Jerry has scores of international magazine cover appearances to his name, together with countless international features penned by and about him.

Niall Grimes is one of the most exciting climbing writers in the world. A regular on the lecture circuit, his offbeat and well-observed humour has earned him great popularity in his native Ireland, in the UK and further afield. He has contributed articles to many climbing magazines, including CLIMB, Climber,, High and Summit (UK), Climbing and Rock & Ice (US), Klettern (Germany) and more. Niall is also the guidebook co-ordinator for the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and was responsible for the Burbage, Millstone and Beyond guidebook, winner of the Mountain Exposition Award at the Banff Mountain Book Festival in 2006.