Passchendaele V1 Bouldering Festival

A couple of weekends back Scotty Dog Resoles and Pinnacle Sports put on the inaugural Passchendaele V1 Bouldering Festival. Stephen Thompson has put together a report on what sounds like a great weekend of Granite Belt bouldering. All uncredited photos by Set In Stone Photography The Set Up On Friday the 7th of October, the Passchendaele V1 Bouldering Festival kicked off in the beautiful Granite Belt region of South-East Queensland. Pinnacle Sports and Scotty Dog Resoles teamed up to host…

Interview – Lucy Stirling

Vertical Life speaks to Queensland climber, Lucy Stirling, who recently returned from competing on the World Cup circuit in Europe, about her season and how it all went.  This was your second season on the World Cup circuit, how did it compare to your first? I feel like last year I barely got a taste of the circuit atmosphere as I only competed in the first two Lead World Cups in France. They were both amazing experiences but also a…

Precious Object – Adam Clay

Precious Object Adam Clay – Homemade Czech nut If I were to give a good reason for each piece of gear on my harness it would be that it is functional; I have been through the phase of having only four stoppers, a cam and a handful of ‘draws on my harness through to buying every type of protection on the market and carrying it with me just in case. Now I find myself in the comfortable middle-ground of having stripped…

News – Boulder Nationals 2016

A few weeks back the Australian Bouldering Championships were held in Queensland, Campbell Harrison reports on what happened. All photos by Adam Sebastian West This year the CLIFBar Australian Bouldering Championships were held between the 1–3 October at Urban Climb Milton in Brisbane, Queensland. Having attended lead and bouldering state championships in Queensland over the past few years, and having witnessed the magnitude of psych that this state possesses for climbing competitions, I was eager to see what they would have in…

Interview – Ben Abel

Vertical Life speaks to young up-and-coming NSW comp climber, Ben Abel For people who don’t know much about you, can you tell us a little about yourself? My name is Ben Abel, I’m 18, I live in Newcastle and climb and train at Pulse Climbing. This is my fifth year of climbing and I have been competing for four years. I mainly boulder because it’s easier to train with my resources, and because I don’t like to get pumped too…

Barber-ians at the (Golden) Gate

Logan Barber writes about his ascent of one of Yosemite’s finest big free routes, Golden Gate (5.13 VI/28), an ascent that has him joining a very small number of Australians who have free climbed a big wall on El Cap. Many sports have a location where success is more meaningful and equates to a feeling of belonging. If I were a surfer that spot would be Teahupo’o, with the goal of pulling off one of the enormous house-sized barrels while…

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