News – Winter on the Blade

Ryan Siacci reports on plans for the first winter ascent of Australia’s longest (vertical) route, Blade Ridge and the Northwest Face of Federation Peak in Tasmania There are good ideas, and then there are bad ideas. The best of them, quite often it seems, are a combination of the two. On balance, a winter ascent of Blade Ridge on Tasmania’s Federation Peak seems to fall largely into the “ill-advised” category. Among the reasons that a successful winter ascent is yet…

Paul Pritchard & the Tote: a photo essay

A couple of weeks ago Paul Pritchard returned the Totem Pole, the scene of his horrific accident in 1998, and climbed the route with his good friend Steve Monks and a bunch of helpers. For those that don’t know the story, 18 years ago Paul was abseiling down the Totem Pole when his rope dislodged a loose block that struck him in the head, splitting open his skull. Luckily, Paul’s partner, Celia Bull, was there to save his life and raise…

Blog – Pride comes before a fall

You’d think a climbing story with that as a title would be a cautionary tale about some boob thinking he was the Duck’s Nuts show ponying after the crux of a route only to ping off, seemingly struck down due to arrogance, but you’d be wrong. A day climbing is more day than it is climbing. That is to say that usually – excluding those pushes up some enormous lonely cliff where you get benighted in the cold dark with…

The Pit

Part crag history, part explication of the bolting process, SIMON BLAIR, introduces us to the new Blue Mountains crag, The Pit This article originally featured in Issue 13 of Vertical Life, you can download all issues of the magazine – including the latest – right here.  PROLOGUE This article originally featured in Issue 13 of Vertical Life, you can download all issues – including the latest – right here. In the first season of the TV series Spartacus, the eponymous gladiator-hero…

Always be Training – Comp Winner

Always be Training, the realness of this mantra keeps it worthy even in a world filled with crappy fitspo Instagram accounts. And the great response to our ABT comp proves that the VL massive are as keen on it as we are. We received some great entires, from people who didn’t want their strong to suffer just because they were on ships at sea, and those who see a tram commute as training op, but for absolute commitment to the cause of…

Gym Profile – Urban Climb, Brisbane

In the second of our new series of profiles on climbing gyms features Alex Cox-Taylor of Urban Climb in Brisvegas. We speak to Alex to find out more about the gym and the philosophy of those who run it. What’s Urban Climb’s elevator pitch? We like to help urban types become climbers Who is behind Urban Climb? A lot of passionate people, from the kids in our classes to our regulars, the yogis, our counter staff, instructors and route setters….

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