News – The Australian Climbing Festival 2014

The 2014 Australian Climbing Festival has come and gone in a three-day blur of familiar faces, climbing talk, climbing celebrities, actual climbing, speakers, debates, workshops, food, parties, talk, more talk, gear, films, big guns, big slopers and a who’s who of Australian crushers battling it out on the bouldering wall at the Oceania and Australian Bouldering Nationals. After a long seven year wait, the rebooted ACF didn’t disappoint. Organisers Gemma Woldendorp and Natasha Sebire did a fantastic job of putting…

The Great ACF Debate – Is Climbing Sexy?

Is climbing sexy? This weekend at the Australian Climbing Festival the question is going to be decided once and for all by a totally unbiased team of debaters, with the winning team selected by a totally unbiased audience. Some of climbing’s finest minds will be gathering at the festival for the debate, as will the two debating teams. Vertical Life has spoken to the captains of the two opposing teams to find out who will be debating and give us a glimpse of the…

VL Hard Copy + Massive TNF competition

The much-heralded, long-awaited inaugural print issue of Vertical Life has been born in all its tactile, technicolour glory! And if you stump up $20 to buy a copy before Midday EDT on 27 October 2014 you’ll get automatically entered into our The North Face competition where you could get kitted out in over $1000 worth of TNF gear, including a Verto Storm Jacket, a Verto Jacket, a Verto Micro Jacket, Verto Pants and a Verto Pack. Amazing prize, a grand, no…

Report World Youth Champs 2014

After returning from this year’s spectacular IFSC World Youth Championships held in Nouméa at the end of September, the very least I can say about the experience was that our team’s performance was stellar! Did we fly home with a bag full of medals? No, but as a climber and an Australian, it was pretty hard not to choke back a few tears of pride when watching Green and Gold stick to the walls like these guys did. What the…

News – Spring 2014 Round-up

Spring! Glorious spring! It’s footy finals time, everything is green, the flowers are out, the magpies are feisty and loads of climbers have been out enjoying the fine conditions and climbing hard. Finnish powerhouse Nalle Hukkataival returned to Oz this season, timing his run a little later in the year than normal to avoid the rain that he usually likes to bring with him. He had a productive trip, climbing a bunch of hard new boulder problems in the southern…

News – Russian Big Wall Climbed by Ozzies

Chris Warner reports on climbing big walls in the Chukotka region in Russia In August 2014 Chris Fitzgerald and I travelled to the Chukotka region in far eastern Russia to climb some new towers near the small town of Bilibino. The granite towers here – to our knowledge – have never been climbed and are north of the Arctic Circle. We travelled about 60km by quad bikes west from Bilibino and were dropped off 4.5km walk from our base camp…

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