John Gill


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Nationality: US
Date of birth: 16 February 1937
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 7C

John Gill was one of the pioneers of bouldering, putting up many hard fist ascents in the US in a time when bouldering was not the done thing.

With a background in gymnastics Gill applied a similar mentality to rock climbing, for example transferring some of the training ideas to rock climbing. Gill would also focus on form while rock climbing, in contrast to the modern philosophy of pursuing difficulty through physicality.

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Quick Info

Nationality: US
Date of birth: 16 February 1937
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 7C

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The Thimble (7a+, FA)
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Double Clutch (6B, FA)
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Ascents

3 recorded ascents.

This timeline is missing some ascents where the date of the ascent is unknown. Use the other tabs to view these ascents.
Year Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
1959 Red Cross Overhang 7C (Boulder) 01 Jan 1959 (approx)
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1961 The Thimble 7a+ (Solo Ground up) 01 Jan 1961 (approx)

Solo.

A truly remarkable ascent for it's time. It was worked from the ground up, without the benefit of climbing shoes or bouldering mats.

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
The Thimble 7a+ (Solo Ground up) 01 Jan 1961 (approx)

Solo.

A truly remarkable ascent for it's time. It was worked from the ground up, without the benefit of climbing shoes or bouldering mats.

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Red Cross Overhang 7C (Boulder) 01 Jan 1959 (approx)
Double Clutch 6B (Boulder)

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