Jerry, who joins us on our September Expedition Medicine course to present the present the Rupert Bennett Memorial Lecture wins Prix Alain Bombard award, which ‘recognizes the exceptional nature of an adventure involving an education is delivered to the British diabetic climber Jerry Gore in the film Trango.’

Alain Bombard was a French biologist, physician and politician famous for sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in a small boat without provisions in an extreme test of endurance and survival.


Jerry was born in Britain on April 15th 1961, is married with two children, and was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic on January 31st 2001. Though new to diabetes, Jerry has not let diabetes get in the way of his activities.

Jerry has enjoyed a varied career in the pursuit of modern alpinism, over a twenty-year period. 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.

A degree in Human Physiology at Loughborough University followed with work for the Karrimor Think Tank. Subsequent to this he has managed to combine promotional work with annual expeditions to the Greater Ranges. He has climbed extensively in the Alps, Norway, the Himalaya, South and North America, the Pamirs, Patagonia, Greenland, and Baffin Island, and enjoys technical alpinism in remote areas.

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. He has climbed abroad on an expedition every year since 1977 and excels at all the various climbing disciplines. But his enduring passion is for Big Walls. 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. Jerry has climbed Big Walls in Norway, Pamirs, Greenland, Patagonia, Baffin Island, and the Bugaboos. He has climbed on expeditions with the World’s best including Warren Hollinger, Mark Synnott, Silvo Karo, and Twid Turner and has been exposed to all the various types of Big Wall experiences, from fast lightweight ascents to lightning strikes, through to opening up whole new Big Wall playgrounds. He has climbed numerous walls in Yosemite including The Shortest Straw, currently the most technical aid route achieved by a British team. Jerry is the UK’s most experienced Big Wall climber, and has achieved climbs of World class significance.