Denby Weller, doing her bit

Denby Weller finally puts her muscle where her mouth is and joins a CragCare chain gang – or is that poo patrol? One, two, three… heave!’ As I feel the vein in my forehead pulsing and the probable hernia in my abdomen expanding, a revelation strikes. It wasn’t slaves, or aliens, or even the Egyptians themselves who built the pyramids. It was climbers. As sure as I’m about to explode from the effort of moving this block as if I…

Come Hell or High Water: The Passchendaele V2 Bouldering Festival

Ryan Siacci gives us the low down on how this year’s festival went The early morning yoga session was one of the climbing-est things I have ever seen. Scattered amongst the standard yoga mats were an eclectic assortment of improvised alternatives – one of those woven plastic jobs from Thailand, the rubber flooring from a camp shower, a crash pad. You certainly couldn’t fault anyone for their spirit, but if the weather was anything to go by, their sun salutes can’t…

Remarkables Ice and Mixed Climbing Festival

Tim Macartney-Snape embraces the terror and the joy of the Remarkables Ice and Mixed Climbing Festival An anguished, urgent something like, ‘Arghh! Farrk*@#! Gnaoourrrr!’ cuts through the chilled air. A couple of seasoned climbers are trying a gnarly M7 on the steep face below me and in the last couple of metres of desperation, searching for holds and gear placements, I’ve knocked enough rime and snow off to fill a wheelbarrow, maybe I knocked a rock off as well!? I…

News – 2017 Oceania Sport Climbing Championships

Tiffany Melius reports on the 2017 Oceania Sport Climbing Championships On 12–15 October, a team of almost 40 Aussies competed in the Oceania Continental Climbing Championships in Nouméa, New Caledonia. A French Territory in the South Pacific, New Caledonia is known for its beaches, snorkelling, and native Kanak culture. The majority of the team were youth competitors, with only four non-youth women competing in the Open category, and no non-youth men. Campbell Harrison, the previous men’s Oceania Champion, was notably…

Tom Oh & The Wheel

Tom O’Halloran is currently in the Grampians after coming down for the Grampians Bouldering Festival last week with his partner Amanda Watts and daughter Audrey. To get the festival off to a roaring start, he sent the Wheel of Life (V14/15) on the Friday before the festival. We’ve finally caught up with him to ask him some hard-hitting questions about his ascent. We know your daughter Audrey regularly advises you to ‘be like water’, with that in mind how did…

Communities – ‘Bout time

Simon Madden & Ross Taylor try to plant seeds in fertile soil by creating the Grampians Bouldering Festival As the editorial in this issue points out, community can be a tricky thing. Community is not a place, but it can be intimately linked to a place. It’s not one person or one organisation, nor is it information on the Internet. Community is a feeling – like the vibe of the constitution – and a set of relationships between people. You…

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