Blog – Not Safe

One of our readers reports on a worrying trend that could have disastrous consequences ‘SAFE!’ The call rings out across the climbing gym, and the dutiful belayer responds by lowering their climber – the one who just yelled ‘safe’ – to the ground. It’s not the first time I have heard it and every time I do I roll my eyes and shake my head. Each and every person who is taught to say this in the gym is putting their…

Save Yourself

SYS (Save Yo Self) Over the weekend at least two boulderers were rescued (one by helicopter) after falling off highball boulder problems in the Grampians. These accidents, plus a few others, have inspired us to remind you dear readers of something profound: bouldering is dangerous. In fact, in many ways bouldering is more dangerous than climbing on a rope, something we are not sure that most noobs understand. When you’re bouldering you’re always falling off and (unlike roped climbing) you’re…

Motivation (or am I still a climber?)

If motivation waxes and wanes then Ollie Kerr has two moons pulling on him – riding and climbing. Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. I didn’t mean to. Or at least, not at first. I meant to stay faithful – with all my heart and soul. I’ve been told the long distance thing is hard but I didn’t realise just how hard. Until I tried. The temptation was all around me. At first, I was fine. I didn’t even…

Contributor swag – Issue 24

Once again, thanks to everyone who contributed to Issue 24 of Vertical Life, particularly our advertisers, who have all supplied some great prizes for contributors to latest issue. Our lucky contributors are: Mitch Scanlan-Bloor (who contributed a folio of Oz climbing shot) will be getting a ‘Team’ Petzl Meteor Helmet (RRP $175) in case he tries to break himself again – courtesy of Petzl and Spelean. Dan Wilde (who took a bunch of great shots of Tom Farrell) will be…

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…

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…

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