Grampians Bouldering Part IV – The Usual Suspects

Grampians Bouldering Part IV – The Usual Suspects Wanna be the first to get the new Grampians Bouldering guide? Pre-order your copy of Grampians Bouldering now! Simon Weill – The Punk I think my first memory of Simon – or ‘Arnie’ as he is better known (so named for the little-known porn star, Arnold Schwarzenpecker) – was probably of him swaggering out of the bouldering cave at the now defunct Melbourne climbing gym, the Mill. He appeared from nowhere and yet…

Grampians Bouldering Part III – Romanticising the Stone

Romanticising the Stone Part III – The Victoria Range & What’s Old is New Again Wanna be the first to get the new Grampians Bouldering guide? Pre-order your copy of Grampians Bouldering now! Though the whole of the Grampians National Park is sensitive, the Victoria Range is a particularly sensitive area. Access is not-quite-precarious, but it is not guaranteed and it would only take the wind to change to the wrong direction for it to become a major issue. Tread lightly….

Grampians Bouldering Part II – The Usual Suspects

Grampians Bouldering Part II – The Usual Suspects Wanna be the first to get the new Grampians Bouldering guide? Pre-order your copy of Grampians Bouldering now! Klem Loskot – The Revolutionary Screams echo through Stapylton Amphitheatre, bouncing off the cirque of cliffs and disappearing out into the horizon of paddocks. A break. More screams. ‘Kommmm, Kommm, Kommmmmmm.’ Was someone being murdered? Confused by echoes, I look around, searching. Eventually I work it out. The screams are coming from high above the left…

Grampians Bouldering Part I – Romanticising the Stone

Romanticising the Stone Part I – Halls Gap Wanna be the first to get the new Grampians Bouldering guide? Pre-order your copy of Grampians Bouldering now! They say that in Australia fire renews, a creative destruction that burns away the old and creates space for the new. In terms of Grampians bouldering development this notion holds true. The big fires in the north of the Park in 2013 led to closures that renewed interest in other, less-frequently travelled climbing areas. Most notedly, give-me-convenience-or-give-me-death…

The Belay Tick

Editor’s note to issue seventeen of Vertical Life. Download the Vertical Life App from iTunes or the Kindle Fire App Store here. The worst kind of conversation is that which is, in actuality, comprised of two disconnected and duelling independent monologues. You know the conditions; both protagonist’s eyes glazed, ostensibly trained upon the other though focussed somewhere beyond. The topic creates an illusion of cohesion, but neither is responding to the other’s prompts or questions, rather they are just using the time when the other is talking to…

Blood Ties

Climbing is an intense sport, so what does it mean when you climb with your sibling? We asked three pairs of well-known climbing siblings to speak about their relationship to each other and how climbing fits into it: Claire & Amy Langmore, Fred & François Nicole, and Lee & Ben Cossey INTERVIEWS: Fred & François Nicole (Ben Buckland); Claire & Amy Langmore (Ross Taylor); Lee & Ben Cossey (Ross Taylor), IMAGES: As credited Fred Nicole, younger by three years François…

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