Barber-ians at the (Golden) Gate

Logan Barber writes about his ascent of one of Yosemite’s finest big free routes, Golden Gate (5.13 VI/28), an ascent that has him joining a very small number of Australians who have free climbed a big wall on El Cap. Many sports have a location where success is more meaningful and equates to a feeling of belonging. If I were a surfer that spot would be Teahupo’o, with the goal of pulling off one of the enormous house-sized barrels while…

Vertical Life Print Issue, Volume II – get in now

Every two years we produce a print issue of our otherwise digital magazine, Vertical Life. And since it’s been two trips around the sun since the inaugural print edition, we are now producing the second – Vertical Life Volume II. To help cover the cost of printing it, we are running a crowdfunding campaign where you can pre-order the magazine and a bunch of other cool climbery stuff – find the Pozible page here. Vertical Life Print Issue Volume II will have…

The Olympics & the Battle for Climbing – Part III

This is part II of this article, you can find the first and second parts here and here. The piece originally appeared inVL #18, download the entire magazine here. One effect of inclusion in the Olympics will be a rise in standards. Of course, climbing standards have risen without gold medal dreams but the curve will steepen. For a long time, though with decreasing efficacy, great climbers have been able to leverage talent and style into success, whereas nowadays training, preparation, psychology, nutrition, sports…

The Olympics & the Battle for Climbing – Part II

This is part II of this article, you can find the first part here. The piece originally appeared in VL #18, download the entire magazine here. Supranational sporting bodies are corrupt and the IOC is no exception. ‘The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.’ The lofty aspirational ideals of the Olympic Charter are compromised by the corruption…

The Olympics & the Battle for Climbing – Part I

This piece originally appeared in VL #18, download the entire magazine here. Like a Chinese ring trick, Simon Madden tries to disentangle the Olympic rings and find out if they will entrap the soul of climbing WORDS: Simon Madden, IMAGES: As credited Everyone knows what The Olympic Dream is. It is a tale of practice and discipline, sacrifice and service, a dream implanted in a young child, nurtured and fired over years to be realised in a glorious culmination of individual brilliance…

Finding the Sweet Spot

  In the galaxy of food, is sugar on the side of darkness or light? Amanda Cossey takes her Lightsabre of Science to the subject. ‘Sugar is toxic.’ It has a sexy ring to it, doesn’t it? Much more appealing than ‘eat more veggies or less junk food.’ Sugar is the most recent component of our diet under fire – fat is back and sugar is out. The anti-sugar push is driven by the belief that obesity and the many…

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