The Pit

Part crag history, part explication of the bolting process, SIMON BLAIR, introduces us to the new Blue Mountains crag, The Pit This article originally featured in Issue 13 of Vertical Life, you can download all issues of the magazine – including the latest – right here.  PROLOGUE This article originally featured in Issue 13 of Vertical Life, you can download all issues – including the latest – right here. In the first season of the TV series Spartacus, the eponymous gladiator-hero…

Vodka & Lemming on the Rocks: a Siberian Climbing Adventure

Download the latest issue of Vertical Life for free, go here. Gemma Woldendorp visits Bililbino, the new hot spot for climbing dissidents in northeast Siberia with comrades Nathasia Sebire and Chris Fitzgerald WORDS: Gemma Woldendorp IMAGES: As Credited We felt like criminals as we waited in a dingy little immigration office in the town of Bilibino, northeast Siberia. A fat official, not looking terribly official in shirt and pants, called me into an even smaller room. Through an interpreter he told me what…

Brotherly Love

Editor’s note to issue sixteen of Vertical Life. Download the Vertical Life App from iTunes or the Kindle Fire App Store here. I like to tease my brother that he’s ‘the Mistake’ because our mum had him at 45, the last of her brood of five. I can still remember our dad taking us into town to visit mum in a scruffy beige ward at the Base Hospital in Horsham. I think there’s a photo somewhere of me holding him for the first time, a small bundle gazing up…

Weight loss for climbers

Amanda Cossey on getting down to your fighting weight without compromising performance A wise nutritionist once said, ‘As you can only make money from selling a product, not common sense, it is no wonder that people are confused.’ The weight loss and diet industry is booming. From celebrity bloggers, mumma gurus and athlete experts to best-selling diet books, there is an absolute minefield of information to navigate on the path to weight loss. While it can be difficult to determine…

Blowback

Australian Editor’s note to issue fourteen of Vertical Life. Download the Vertical Life App from iTunes or the Kindle Fire App Store here. A new bouldering gym has opened in Melbourne – Northside Boulders – and one also in Sydney – 9 degrees. It is striking the similarities in aesthetic shared by the two gyms. The spaces are generous and well illuminated. The walls are white, the volumes are black and the holds are big and vibrant. Indeed it’s obvious that both are representative of what’s in vogue for new gyms….

WA’s Last Great Export: Logan Barber

Download the latest issue of Vertical Life magazine here. The boom is over. China’s thirst for Australian raw minerals is slaked, but on a recent trip to the People’s Republic, Simon Madden finds out that there is one final iron-hard export from the diggings of Western Australia to China The valley is in complete darkness as we start the steep, hour-long walk up from LiMing. The house dog yaps at Logan Barber’s heels. It’s cold and still. Manky old tape…

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