Blog – Fires at the Crag

When it comes to lighting fires in inappropriate places I’ve been there, done that. When I was 11 or 12 my best mate at the time, Jamie, and I thought it would be good idea to do some burning off on my parent’s property in the Grampians. (They were out at the time, thus lowering the usual barriers to stupidity.) We lit a fire about 20m away from the bush that caps the hill near their house, and from this…

Best Forgotten Classics – Adelaide Hills

Steve Kelly brings us the first in our ‘Best Forgotten Classics’ series… Some say that the Adelaide Hills should ‘best be forgotten’, although if you believe that then your climbing resume probably has never seen a chalked hold outside of the Norton Summit ‘entrapment area’. Far from it, the ‘Hills’ holds a bunch of classic routes that offer more variety than a Lean Cuisine menu plan. And to whet your appetite ere are just some of the finest offerings beyond of…

You’ve been wrong about Sendtember

Sendtember – according to climbing folklore – is blessed with perfect cool, dry, stable spring conditions in which climbers can harvest the gains made in a long winter of hard training. September, they say, is the most sendingest month of the year. It might have a catchy name but it’s wrong. Okay, it’s not exactly wrong it is just less right than Ticktober. At VL we often deal in myths. We also want to know where is the most efficient…

Blog – Chalk, Sweat and Cheers

Ryan Siacci reflects on Queensland’s emergent climbing scene during the 2015 Boulderfest competition at Urban Climb in Brisbane It’s nearing the end of what we erroneously refer to as winter in this part of the world, despite which the air is close and the temperature soaring within the walls of Urban Climb. Located in Brisbane’s West End, Urban is arguably the city’s most popular rock gym. Busy evening sessions are par for the course, however, I’ve never seen the gym…

Mental Breakthroughs

Logan Barber breaks out of the dark recesses of his mind In 2011 I was caught up in a battle with the climb that has taken me the longest. Years in fact. I spent weeks at a time waiting for conditions, resting under a tarp drinking cups of tea in a recliner someone had donated to the Pines Dirtbag Society. Punks in the Gym was that climb, the pinnacle of Australian hard historic climbing. I felt Punks was at the thin point…

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…

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