The Wall of Paine – Jerry’s Insulin Challenge 2014

We have a great lecture lined up for you from one of the climbing worlds most ebullient characters and raconteur. What’s more it’s all for a very good cause.

Mountaineer, businessman, father, ex-Royal Marine Officer – Jerry Gore’s life has been eventful to say the least. But in 2001 he was diagnosed a Type 1 insulin diabetic. This is the story of how Jerry overcame his condition, testing his blood sugar levels and injecting insulin up to 8 times a day. About how he discovered the international charity Insulin For Life, that recycles and distributes insulin to Third World Countries, to young people who would otherwise die slow and agonising deaths over many years. And his attempt, at the age of 52, to climb the largest unclimbed wall in South America. in one of the most inhospitable regions on the planet, to raise money to help save the lives of 7 young diabetics in the worn-torn Ecuador.

In November 2013, together with two of Britain’s best mountaineers – Twid Turner and Calum Muskett – Jerry made the first ascent of the SE Wall of the South Tower of paine in Patagonia. This area of the world regularly experiences winds of up to 150mph and sub-zero temperatures – imagine clinging to a vertical wall almost a mile high in these conditions and then injecting at the same time!

The lecture will cost £2.00, 60% of all monies raised will go directly to his “Ecuador Project”  We will also have charity bucket at the door for those that would like to contribute directly to the charity.

More details can also be found on Jerry’s Facebook page