Talks a Good Game

Editor’s note to issue 19 of Vertical Life. Download the Vertical Life App from iTunes or the Kindle Fire App Store here. ‘You don’t get strong just sitting around talking about climbing, mate.’ A friend said this to me the other day. Dropping it like a bomb to end a discussion on training, they marked it by clapping their hands, a trail of chalk motes caught in the slanting light as they bounced purposefully towards the bouldering wall. Surely no one is going to argue with this fact-grenade….

Making a Climber

Started dating a non-climber? Aaron Lowndes offers this handy tutorial on how to bring them Into the Light without traumatising them forever WORDS: Aaron Lowndes, IMAGES: All uncredited images Simon Madden So you want to take your significant other out climbing for the first time? Unlike climbing with your already-hooked-on-rock-mates, there’s more to it than you think. But you don’t have to blunder through it alone. Here are a few tips so that everyone enjoys themselves – and you come…

Interview – Tiffany Melius, Australian Women’s Boulder Champion 2016

Vertical Life talks to the current Australian Women’s Bouldering Champion for 2016, former Queenslander now Canuck, Tiffany Melius You can read Tifany’s sweet piece about her most precious climbing possession in issue 19 of Vertical Life. Download the Vertical Life App from iTunes or the Kindle Fire App Store here. You recently became the Australian National Bouldering Champion, but many Australian climbers may not have heard of you since you live in Canada – can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got into climbing? I…

Blog – Bert’s New Bolts: an ethical debate

Ryan Siacci brings the chisel of reason to a recent bolting controversy in Queensland An unusually polite debate erupted on the threads of the ACAQ’s Facebook page on 7 August 2016. Although there were echoes of the vitriolic retro-bolt wars that can be found deep within the dusty archives of many Qurank forums, this argument was uncharacteristically mild. Even so, it was a protracted debate that alluded to deep rifts within the ostensibly tight-knit climbing community and collars, which if…

Interview – Campbell Harrison on 2016

We speak to one of Australia’s best competitive climbers, Campbell Harrison, about his recent travels overseas to compete on the World Cup circuit and at the World Championships.  All photos by Yvette Harrison This was your second season on the World Cup circuit, how did it compare to your first? Last year’s season didn’t really go to plan… I was registered for three IFSC competitions: a Boulder WC in Munich, Lead WC in Stavanger and the World Youth Championships in…

Charlie Creese interviews Andy Pollitt

Two legends swim up out of the murky past to talk about climbing, history, sexy spandex and writing books.

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