Why I Climb – Lucy Stirling

The Moment. Slowly, I take a deep breath in and relax. I watch the chalk dance away in the wind from my breath. I take in the tiny beautiful intricacies, colours, angles and lines of the rock before my eyes. I can feel it beneath my chalky fingertips: the tiny divots and smooth surfaces. I feel the cool air against my face and the stunning atmosphere surrounding me. I stretch out one of my arms, feeling the blood through my…

Blog – Excuses

‘How tall are you?’ ‘Wow you’re so tall. Do you play basketball?’ ‘Do you eat McDonald’s?’ I reply. It seems that for most if not all climbers, a plethora of excuses exist when it comes to climbing. I’m too short; too tall; too heavy; too weak; or the wind isn’t blowing in a northeasterly direction. However, are any of these excuses legitimate reasons for not being able to pull a crux move or even get off the ground on a…

Why I Climb – Daniel Fisher

Ever I could take the scientific approach that climbing is a primitive need: getting to higher ground for both safety and to quench our thirst for knowledge and curiosity – to know what else was out there. But that isn’t me. It may have been how it started, but how it has evolved is indefinable. Why do logic and reason fail to describe that which is true? With all the technology and knowledge we have of the world, why do we…

Why I Climb – Emma Cooper

The question is why wouldn’t you? I often wonder what my life would be like if I hadn’t discovered climbing. The thought of this makes me feel unsettled and, to be honest, instantly bored. It all started when a group of friends and my sister decided to go and try out this whole ‘rockclimbing’ thing at the local gym in Adelaide (also known to some as ‘Delayed’ [Vinnie Day] and ‘Adelaide Radelaide sleep with your Dadelaide’ [Doug McConnell]). I was…

Blog – Climbers love Easter

I love this photo. I took it at Point Perpendicular as the light blossomed in the shadow of building rain, a final affirming burst of revolt against the coming darkness. The air pressure plunged, she leaned in, putting her hands upon his hips, shifting her weight forwards for a single kiss, then she stepped back over the edge – the initial coming of tension upon the slackened rope as it settled startling her slightly – and disappeared, rapping down the…

Blog – Metamorphosis

When you’ve been climbing for a long time it’s easy to forget the transformative power of climbing, but just recently I was vividly reminded of the beauty of our sport. I spent last weekend working with my company, Adventure Types, down at the YMCA in Anglesea. We’re involved with a new adventure festival for children called Kids Adventure Outdoors (KAOS) – it’s designed to get kids (and parents) trying new experiences in the bush. The festival wasn’t entirely outdoors as…

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