Climber, Public Speaker, T1 Diabetic, and joint owner of AlpBase.com!
Born in the UK in 1961, and married with two children, Jerry has enjoyed two very diverse and contrasting careers throughout his life, the first as a businessman, the second as a professional expedition mountaineer, involved in the world of extreme climbing, over a 30 year period. The third major element to Jerry's life is Diabetes. Jerry was diagnosed as a Type 1 insulin-dependant diabetic on January 31st 2001. Though new to diabetes, Jerry continues to live his life to the full and has not let this chronic condition stop his active outdoor, family or business lives.
Jerry Gore crossed the Iceland Icecap in 1977 when he was 16, summitted Mont Blanc at 17 and climbed a 7000-meter giant Manaslu North in the Himalayas at
22. After leaving school he worked as the Mountain Co-ordinator for the Alberta Province, the aim of which was to climb the 75 classic peaks of the Alberta
Rockies. Following this he undertook a Short Service Commission in the Royal Marines, during which he spent three winters developing major ice climbing
areas in Arctic Norway, as well as succeeding on military expeditions to the Nepalese and Indian Himalaya. He was awarded the Commandant General's personal
commendation - the most outstanding Royal Marine - in 1984 for his rescue of Norwegian civilians.
He has climbed abroad on an expedition every year since 1977 including remote mountain ranges in the Alps, the Himalaya, South and North America, and Patagonia. But his enduring passion is for Big Walls, sheer rock walls over 1000m. in vertical height. He first fell in love with the sport during a visit to Yosemite Valley, California in 1980, and his enthusiasm for the World's largest rock faces have remained to this day.
EXTREME ALTITUDE - 7 Routes above 6,000M. - All Himalayan countries – all without supplementary oxygen.
Three First Ascents: S.E. Face Shishapangma (8,013m.); Manaslu North (7,154m.); S.W. Ridge Chopicalqui (6,354m.)
EXTREME BIG WALL – Sheer rock walls over 1000m. in vertical height. Jerry has climbed 20 new Big Wall routes Worldwide: Madagascar, Baffin Island, Patagonia, Borneo, Pakistan, Bugaboos, Alaska, European Alps, Greenland, Norway, Russian Pamir’s, and Yosemite.
EXTREME ALPINE - 85 alpine routes including 16 First Ascents Worldwide! European Alps, Canadian Rockies, Peruvian Andes, Chile, Argentina, Nepal and India Himalayas, and Southern Greenland.
MOTIVATIONAL PRESENTATIONS: A public speaker since 1994, Jerry is an established presenter across Europe to Schools, Colleges, and Business and Diabetic communities. Key clients/ conferences: Hewlett Packard, Pri-Med, ENER-G, Expedition Logistics, BMC Festival of Climbing, Camping and Outdoor Leisure Association (COLA), Operation Raleigh, The Royal Geographical Society, Eton College, St Paul’s School, The Mount Everest Foundation, Mountains for Active Diabetics 2003-2010, l'Association Nationale des Médecins et Sauveteurs en Montagne ’09 (France), Roche Diagnostics GmbH (Germany), “The Lilly/IDF Congress - 2005” (Bulgaria), Bayer Interdisziplinärer Workshop Sportmedizin 2011, Southern Germany, Dr. Bennett Memorial Lecture - Expedition Medicine 2011,Novo Nordisk Gmbh Germany - Company Presentation 2012, Vitabiotics 2013, IFL Fundraiser – Sheraton Grande Thailand 2014, JW Marriott, Bangkok 2015.
JERRY’S INSULIN CHALLENGE: To raise money to help young diabetic people in poorer countries Jerry has put together a series of World Class mountaineering challenges which require the athleticism and millimetre precision of Olympic standard gymnastics in an environment where a fall could be fatal. The monies raised go direct to diabetic charities including IFL, LFAC and A4D. Details on his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/JerrysInsulinChallenge
2009-11: The Ecrins XS Challenge - the 4 hardest alpine rock walls, Southern French Alps. Monies raised: €6,000
2012: The Northern Alps’ 3 hardest walls – Divine Providence, N. Face of Eiger, and S. Face of Marmolada. Monies raised: €11,000
2013: Wall of Paine; FA South Tower, Patagonia, Chile - the largest unclimbed wall in South America. Monies raised: €16,000
2014: The Mt Blanc Challenge – To take young diabetics and non-diabetics up the highest mountain in Europe. Raised €27,500
2015: The Eiger North Face Speed Ascent: 7.56hrs with Calum Musket – UK Record - April 22, 2015. Raised €21,000 to date 24.08.15!
A4D aims to significantly reduce the suffering of, and increase the life opportunities for young people with Type 1 Diabetes in emerging countries in Asia. WHY Asia? Because this continent is in the grip of a diabetes epidemic; More than half of the 400 million living with Diabetes today live in Asia. Our initial focus is on Nepal and specific South East Asian nations, where young people with diabetes are unable to access the medical care and other essential support required to enable them to survive and thrive into adulthood. A4D’s first major project is in Myanmar, where we are already supporting a significant upgrade in care for children with Type 1 Diabetes in Yangon, the capital city.
By 2020 we plan to have programs in place in at least 10 different sites across 9 countries in South East Asia, including Nepal.
2016: Cholatse SW ridge 6440m: First ever type 1 diabetic leader of commercial guided expedition to the greater ranges of the Himalaya