RP: the Story Behind the Initials

Ross Taylor talks to Roland Pauligk RP. The initials are iconic. For climbers they conjure up all kinds of memories: tiny brass wires sitting new on your rack, shiny and angular and coated in a light sheen of oil; fiddling a bolt plate over a rusty old carrot; contemplating a runout above the small comforts of a green number three RP, its scratched, dull head buried deep in a crack. Memories comprised of a strange mixture of pleasure, fear and…

Talks a Good Game

Editor’s note to issue 19 of Vertical Life. Download the Vertical Life App from iTunes or the Kindle Fire App Store here. ‘You don’t get strong just sitting around talking about climbing, mate.’ A friend said this to me the other day. Dropping it like a bomb to end a discussion on training, they marked it by clapping their hands, a trail of chalk motes caught in the slanting light as they bounced purposefully towards the bouldering wall. Surely no one is going to argue with this fact-grenade….

Making a Climber

Started dating a non-climber? Aaron Lowndes offers this handy tutorial on how to bring them Into the Light without traumatising them forever WORDS: Aaron Lowndes, IMAGES: All uncredited images Simon Madden So you want to take your significant other out climbing for the first time? Unlike climbing with your already-hooked-on-rock-mates, there’s more to it than you think. But you don’t have to blunder through it alone. Here are a few tips so that everyone enjoys themselves – and you come…

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…

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