The Long Wall Project: The Longest Route, Never Repeated

The Long Wall Project: The Longest Route, Never Repeated

From Gareth Leah

We're raising money for Climbers Against Cancer by climbing 9000ft of grim, humid, mossy, chigger infested rock in the Gunks.

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The Longest Route, Never Repeated

The Great Wall of china is a 5.9 R, traverse of the gunks. It was first climbed the year I was born back in 1987 and is still awaiting a second ascent. At 9000ft long, it is over 3 times the height of El Capitan and one the longest established rock route in the world.

Alongside my good friend Leigh Campbell, we aim to raise $1 for every foot of climbing we complete for Climbers Against Cancer. Tackling this mossychigger infested challenge is no easy feat and we will stay on the wall for as long as is needed to complete the route. This means we will likely need to portaledge at least 1 night, possibly two at the lofty and comical height of around 15ft off the ground, battling heat and humidity, ticks and chiggers, blood, sweat and tears!

With help from Cameron Maier of Bearcam Media, we will create a video for this project of a calibre that will allow it to be seen around the world and submitted to major film festivals such as BAMFF, Reel rock film tour and Kendal Mountain Film Festival, creating awareness of the need to help causes bigger than ourselves.

By creating a positive media piece and leading by example, we believe we can motivate and empower the outdoor community to apply their talents and skills to social and environmental issues, benefitting everyone, whether your climbing rock faces or the corporate ladder.



Gareth “Gaz” Leah

Worldly adventurer, passionate writer, business developer and climber. Born and bred in the UK, Gaz has climbed all over the world including Mexico, France, Spain, Oman, Dubai and all over the US including Yosemite. Famous for having the worst beta on plastic and often referred to as the chubby chaser of climbing, he seeks out new adventures in undeveloped destinations.

Leigh Campbell 

Former US Army photographer, graphic designer, studio photographer and climber.  A Gunks climber and Catskill ice climber, Leigh is happiest when clinging to the side of a cliff in New York State. He is always up for a good adventure, whether raiding foreign fighters or an epic long traverse of one of the most famous cliff lines in the world. Often referred to as an urban redneck, his passion lies in climbing the blue lines of winter and respecting the art of traditional rock climbing.


Your donations and support means so much to us as we get geared up ready to do battle with The Long Wall. Sharing this project with your friends helps us spread the word and continue to raise money for this incredible cause, making the world a little bit better.

Lets face it, if we cure cancer, the world would be even more kick ass!

You can help our campaign by donating $$$, sharing with friends and supporting our on Fundly campaign on Facebook. 


Gaz Leah & Leigh Campbell

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