Tufa-tastic Leonidio

Lee and Sam Cujes step out of the shadow of Kalymnos and into the light of Leonidio WORDS: Lee + Sam Cujes, IMAGES: Kieran Duncan In 2007, news of an amazing limestone paradise island in Greece made its way to Australia, and so began my ten-year love affair with Kalymnos. Now Kalymnos reigns as the most popular climbing holiday destination in the world. When telling non-climbers that we’re going to Greece for holidays, and they ask where specifically, it’s somewhat embarrassing to…

New Year, Old Routes

‘I speak and speak,’ Marco says, ‘but the listener retains only the words he is expecting. The description of the world to which you lend a benevolent ear is one thing; the description that will go the rounds of the groups of stevedores and gondoliers on the street outside my house the day of my return is another; and yet another, that which I might dictate late in life, if I were taken prisoner by Genoese pirates and put in…


Andrea Hah finds that shit gets real during her ascent of Freerider on El Cap in Yosemite Valley, USA WORDS: Andrea Hah, IMAGES: Lee Cossey The idea of free climbing a route on El Cap in Yosemite Valley has been on my mind since I climbed Ozymandias at Mt Buffalo in 2012. Doing a route on one of the most famous and historic big walls in the world was something I didn’t want to miss out on. The route I chose…

Precious Object – Ben Cossey

Precious Object Ben Cossey – Garth Miller’s chaff sack I am viciously sentimental, horrifically nostalgic and have an unnatural ability to assign meaning and memories to unimportant and meaningless objects. I am most definitely not a hoarder. However, I do take great pleasure in collecting pieces of junk (oil drums, railway lines, old couches, etc) and leaving them in my yard for what I call ‘stand-by’. Generally they stay on stand-by until, like we all must, they are reclaimed by nature and…

Contributor Swag – Issue 23

Once again, thanks to everyone who contributed to Issue 23 of Vertical Life, particularly our advertisers, who have all supplied some great prizes for people who’ve contributed to the latest issue. Our lucky contributors are: Lee & Sam Cujes (who wrote the article on climbing in Leonidio) who will get a pair of Scarpa climbing shoes up to the value of $250 courtesy of Scarpa and Outdoor Agencies. Plus a Petzl Bug climbing daypack courtesy of Petzl and Spelean. We look forward to hearing as to…

Grampians bouldering – The Magic Pencil (V7)

The Valley of the Giants in the Grampians has some big boulders set amidst some beautiful forest, Here James Allen ascends The Magic Pencil (V7).

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