Precious Object – Ross Taylor

Precious Object Ross Taylor – Titan Piton Moss falls in my eyes. I slide my taped hands further up the crack. More moss crumbles and falls, swirling in the breeze. The east face of Geryon falls away beneath me for 200m. Thirty metres below my brother, moss-dusted face clad in sunglasses, is a blur staring up, feeding double ropes in and out, in and out. I spot the piton late, buried deep in the crack above my hands. I pull into…

Stop thief!

VL looks at a recent spike in climbing gear going missing One of the enduring myths about Japan is that there is no petty crime. (That and the perhaps apocryphal and definitely distasteful tales of buying soiled underwear from vending machines.) We’ve heard many versions of the ‘I left my wallet stuffed with yen on a train and got it all back’ story. The myth is explained by stating the Japanese mafia – the tatted-up and finger-amputated Yakuza – have enforced…

Review – Edelrid Ohm

The Edelrid Ohm – one climbing partnership, two body types, two views, one review “I dunno, I’m not 100% sold. It can make it a little bit more difficult to pull rope through to clip. I guess if it stops me from hitting the ground that’ll be a good thing.” S Madden, oscillating between 75-80kg of not-exactly-lean muscle. “Shut up Fatty. I love this thing.” J Davis, 50kg (when dripping wet). Climbing partnerships where one climber weighs considerably more than…

Australia, great

Denby Weller reminds us that we don’t have to make Australia great again The time has come, Australia. In tussling with the Orange Terror in recent post-nap-time phone calls, Our Malcolm missed a major opportunity to drive home this great nation’s…er… greatness, and it’s up to us to step in now. While Trump is on the war path to Make America Great Again, here in the land Down Under, we have no similar aspirations, because clearly, we weren’t fool enough…

News – New Routes Aplenty and Young Punks Anew

As the temperatures have dropped in recent weeks so the steady number of big ticks has risen. Tom O’Halloran sent a project he bolted three years ago at the Underworld in the Blue Mountains, giving it the very uninspiring name of Sack o’ Woe (33/34).He says about the route, “It’s ultra short and powerful, the holds are all pretty good but they are just a touch too far away to make things easy and are tilted at funky angles to…

20 Issues: On Looking Back & Contributing

We’ve just hit the 20th issue of VL, a fact that has made us pause on the hamster wheel and take stock. When we look back at the last five years of pumping out VL, the thing we see most is the love and passion (and elbow grease) of our contributors, most of whom provide their words and photos gratis – VL would not exist without them. It makes us think that there must be something in helping to create…

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