Column – Losing It

Andrea Hah on dummy spits at the crag WORDS: Andrea Hah, IMAGE: Lee Cossey I can’t control it. And I can’t explain why climbing sometimes elicits an uncontrollable surge of anger, fury and utter helplessness unlike any other aspect of my life. I would like to think I am a pretty level-headed person. Most of the time life is pretty easy. I don’t feel chronically stressed and I rarely have conflicts despite having been to a girls’ school or that…

Deliberately Slow – Fred Nicole

Ben Buckland speaks to bouldering legend Fred Nicole about the past and the present WORDS: Ben Buckland, IMAGES: Mary Gabrieli Fred Nicole wants to be faster. ‘Faster! Faster would be nice. I am kind of slow, I am a slow climber, I need time to place my feet.’ He even says it slowly, his body very still, as if he is sitting for a portrait. All the expression is in his eyes. Watching, I can’t imagine him ever moving quickly….

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…

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