Path of the Manolin: Stuart Hollaway & Dale Thistlethwaite

In December 2015, Stuart Hollaway and Dale Thistlethwaite died climbing Mount Silberhorn in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. To celebrate their lives regular VL contributor, Chelsea Brunckhorst, has pulled their collected writings into a book, the Path of Manolin. The book brings together their finest pieces, originally written for Melbourne University Mountaineering Club’s magazine, The Mountaineer, and New Zealand Alpine Club’s magazine, The Climber. These 15 stories offer glimpses into their personalities, their philosophies and their raison d’êtres. The following piece is an…

The joys and not-so-joys of writing a bouldering guide

The joys and not-so-joys of writing a bouldering guide Wanna be the first to get the guide? Pre-order your copy of Grampians Bouldering now! Mostly I started working on the second edition of Grampians Bouldering with Simon Madden, my co-editor, because I thought it meant I would be able to go climbing more. After all, I could tell my wife that I was ‘researching’ boulder problems. But how often do our dreams founder on reality? Simon and I lugged our boulder…

Paul Pritchard & the Tote: a photo essay

A couple of weeks ago Paul Pritchard returned the Totem Pole, the scene of his horrific accident in 1998, and climbed the route with his good friend Steve Monks and a bunch of helpers. For those that don’t know the story, 18 years ago Paul was abseiling down the Totem Pole when his rope dislodged a loose block that struck him in the head, splitting open his skull. Luckily, Paul’s partner, Celia Bull, was there to save his life and raise…

Blog – Pride comes before a fall

You’d think a climbing story with that as a title would be a cautionary tale about some boob thinking he was the Duck’s Nuts show ponying after the crux of a route only to ping off, seemingly struck down due to arrogance, but you’d be wrong. A day climbing is more day than it is climbing. That is to say that usually – excluding those pushes up some enormous lonely cliff where you get benighted in the cold dark with…

Video – Expedition highlining in Tasmania

To download the latest issue of Vertical Life for FREE, go here. VL’s Simon Madden heads into the Tasmanian Central Highlands in search of highlining In January this year I headed to Tassie with VL‘s photog bestie, Kamil Sustiak, and two rad Russians – Stepan and Alex – in search of new highlines. We had a few beautiful, easy days at the Moai before coming to a fork in the road – take the easy route towards more sea-pillars at Cape Raoul or shoulder…

Kalymnos in Winter?

Steph Noble does the unthinkable and visits Kalymnos in winter – but is it any good? Have you ever found yourself in Kalymnos in the peak season, cursing the heat, humidity and crowds or, like us, ended up in Europe with a spare month, and wondered to yourself what Kalymnos would be like in winter? (If not this will be boring, sorry.) With our climbing year in Europe nearing an end and a flight home from Turkey, Kalymnos seemed like…

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