Why I Climb – Jack Masel

As kids we climb things all the time, it seems odd to me that as we get older most of us decide to stop. At that young age there is no ‘why’ to climbing, I think it’s pretty instinctual – it certainly felt that way for me. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that some of my closest friends, fondest memories, craziest adventures and greatest achievements have come about as a result of climbing and the people who…

Blog – LiMing and Me

Read our feature on Logan, including his send of The Firewall, in Issue 13, which you can download here. Nothing is as sexual as hairdressing (barring actual sex). It is the most sensual of jobs. Why this proclivity above the cacophony of competing titilators in the lustful reaches of my being, I am not certain. The physical proximity, the release of control, the threat of danger, the transformative power, the sculpting of a physical image to try to get actual…

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…

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