Lifters & Leaners

Editor’s note to issue 25 of Vertical Life. Download the issue here. There are only two dreams I’ve had that have stayed with me. One features naked cannibals, the other is about my mother (of course). I only remember a fragment of this second dream. In it my mother leads an elephant around in circles on the front lawn of our house in the Grampians. The elephant is unsteady on its feet, perhaps sick, and leans heavily on my mum, who staggers around…

Motivation

Editor’s note to issue 24 of Vertical Life. Download the issue here. Nineteen years ago I road-tripped north to Nowra with a couple of mates.  A few days after arriving we found ourselves at that grotty-but-good, South Central, where I tried Red Baron, a short, brutal 26. The crux took a bit of figuring out, and revolved around using a nasty two-finger pocket that you took with the right hand. This was unfortunate, because a couple of weeks earlier I’d strained those two…

Accidental Travellers

Editor’s note to issue 23 of Vertical Life. Download the issue here. Travelling as a climber can take you to some strange locations. We will literally go anywhere good rock is found, including some of the most inhospitable places on earth, from remote deserts and the Arctic Circle to the boondocks of rural Kentucky and even Nowra. And being a climber in these places can feel just as strange. We land amidst foreign cultures, wearing odd clothes, speaking our own language, obsessed with…

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