Western Australian Bouldering

With the release of Will Atkinson’s new short video – titled confusingly given the quality of the stone that it showcases West Coast Choss – the people of Oz may finally have realised that there is a lot of bouldering to do be done way out west in Western Australia Give us the Will Atkinson 101? I’m 32 years old and I’m from Sheffield in the UK, I have been living in Perth, WA for the last 18 months. I’m currently working at…

New hard route in Waa Gorge

Want more Vertical Life? Download issue 24 for free here. In Stephen Waa, (woe, woe, woe what is he good for?) Doug McConnell goes back back the future WORDS: Doug McConnell, IMAGES: Kamil Sustiak ‘Yes! The no-hands rest, I can’t fall off now.’ I thought with a little too much confidence ‘Grade 26 at most to the top now and it’s not even 2pm on Sunday – who said I always leave it to the last minute to send my projects? But what’s the sequence…

Separatist Reality: Pocket-Pulling in Catalunya

Pete O’Donovan, the author of Tarragona Climbs, outlines some of the world’s best sport climbing in his home area of Tarragona, Spain WORDS + IMAGES: Pete O’Donovan Tarragona is the most southerly of Catalunya’s four provinces. Sandwiched between the Mediterranean Sea to the east and mainland Spain to the west, this is a land of great contrasts. The coastal cities and beaches bustle with tourists, but drive just a few kilometres inland and things change dramatically. Here lie deep, wooded valleys…

New Valley of the Giants Boulders

In Seek and Ye Shall Find, Simon Jesús Weill leads us to the Promised Land (new blocs around Halls Gap) WORDS: Simon Weill, IMAGES: As credited It feels like I have been climbing in the Grampians forever – and when I think about it, it has been more than 20 years. Despite this, I never get bored of coming here. However, many years ago I realised that I was spending the bulk of my time in the same areas, trying…

Eua – Rock fit for a king

Jean Jack takes the first steps in what she hopes is sustainable, environmentally-friendly and socially-responsible climbing development in the South Pacific nation of Tonga Climbing up into an ocean of limestone from under the rainforest’s canopy I snatch glimpses of arcing coastline and the blue Pacific Ocean. With burning forearms I choose quickly from amongst the abundant holds on the scalloped rock. The route, named Tala, is a line I had picked out the previous year during our exploratory trip…


Amanda Watts peers into your guts to see what’s happening to your FODMAPs WORDS: Amanda Watts, IMAGE: Simon Madden You can’t swing a chalk bag these days without hitting someone suffering with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Bloating, gas, distension, abdominal discomfort and – weirdly – either diarrhoea or constipation (or even more weirdly a mix of both) are not the most fun reactions to have to food. I’m sure you can imagine how problematic tummy pain, bloating and lots of wind are…

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