NZ Editorial – Like a Red Flag to a Bull

Vertical Life’s New Zealand editor, Tom Hoyle, contemplates the idea of the first ascent and what value it has What value is there in a first ascent? Silly question, you might think. It’s clear that gaining the top of a significant peak or even a stunning natural crack line is an inspirational achievement. The successful climber proves they have what it takes to go where others have failed and challenges future climbers to attempt to follow. The names of Hillary…

Interview – Robbie Phillips

Visiting UK climber, Robbie Phillips, has just finished a very successful trip Downunder. Not only did he manage numerous hard repeats, Robbie also left Queenland with its new hardest route. On his last day climbing in Australia he did an old project at Coolum called the Business Project, which he has now renamed Haggisaurus Rex (33). He also repeated a bunch of hard routes around the country, including the second ascent of Sam Bowman’s recent addition to Coolum, Friction Addiction…

Video – Feral Muffins (V10)

News – The North Face Adventure Grant 2015

The North Face is now accepting applications for The North Face Adventure Grant 2015, presented by AG Outdoor and the Australian Geographic Society. The closing date for applications is 31 December 2014. The grant is open to applicants from a wide range of areas including but not limited to rock climbing, trekking, alpine climbing, extreme endurance pursuits, skiing, snowboarding, B.A.S.E. jumping, kayaking and paragliding. The grant is designed to assist adventurers of all levels to step up and make their…

Blog – Mentors

The other day a friend posted on Facebook this old photo from the early ‘90s of me climbing. Apart from wondering a. why am I trying to climb a pile of choss, and b. what the hell was happening with my hair, it got me thinking about mentors. When I look back I can see that the photo is symbolic of the relationship I had with my old climbing partner, Pete Canning on whose shoulders I am standing. I had…

News – Nationals & Oceania Bouldering Titles 2014

Elizabeth Cuskelly reports on the hotly contested titles held recently at the Australian Climbing Festival ( in the Blue Mountains The 2014 National/Oceania Bouldering Titles on the 17-19 September was a bit of a big deal. Not only was it the first time in years that Australia has played host to climbers from New Zealand, Singapore (by invitation), and other oceanic locations as part of the Oceanic Titles, but it is the first time that the Nationals have been held…

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