Interview – Kim Ladiges & Cerro Torre

  In late February, Tasmanian Kim Ladiges became one of the few Australian climbers to have climbed a route on Cerro Torre in Patagonia – and the first (as far as we know) to have actually climbed the final ice mushroom that guards the true summit. He climbed the peak, which Reinhold Messner described as ‘a shriek turned to stone’, by the Ragni Route, a line that involves mostly snow and ice climbing on the West Face of Cerro Torre….

Video – Nalle Hukkataival, The World is not Flat

Nalle Hukkataival making the first ascent of The World is Not Flat (V14) at Buandik in the Grampians, and The Golden Rule (V12), a recent neo-classic that’s located not too far from Buandik. Interestingly, The World is Not Flat is yet to be repeated, despite some good boulderers attempting it, with some suggesting it may be a grade harder. Big thanks to Oliver Miller for the edit and Yannick Godfrin for the footage. You can download the latest edition of the…

Perfecto Bloc Cage Match

  Cherry Picking or On the Beach – which is the Grampians’ best V13? We asked our panel of bouldering experts, David Mason, Adam Watson and Niky Ceria, all of whom have done both, to give us their reasoned opinion. WORDS & IMAGES: As credited We humans are weighers and assessors. We see contrast and difference and our minds are calibrated to compare. This with that, one with the other, Granny Smith vs Pink Lady, Aliens or C3s, was Stalin…

Undeserved

Editor’s note to issue 20 of Vertical Life. Download the issue here. 0.0062% chance. That is what I gave myself. Not great odds. I was trying a route that I had been trying on and off for a few years. One shot here, one there six months later, one again a year after that. I hadn’t been climbing much. I hadn’t been to a gym in months. 0.0062% chance of ticking it. That’s about the same odds of hitting the jackpot on…

Bonking

Amanda Cossey teaches you how to fuel for multipitching by remembering a time when she got it all wrong WORDS: Amanda Cossey, IMAGE: Tom O’Halloran I have always loved mulitpitch trad climbing. The scary bits, the suffering, planning the rack to take, food and drink rations, timing of pitches and the approach to the route are all awesome. Echo Crack (163m, four pitch, grade 25, trad classic in the Blue Mountains) had for a long time been high on my…

Awesome Woodys – an interview with Ross Ferguson

In the second of our series of profiles of Australian manufacturers of climbing gear, we speak to Ross Ferguson of Awesome Woodys, a Brisbane-based company that produces portable fingerboards much beloved by climbers. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I’m a Brisbane boy, born and bred. Climber, new router, crag hunter, obsessive trainer and, more recently, trail runner. I like working with timber and my mind is often in overdrive thinking about design, engineering or the function of crazy…

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