Communities – ‘Bout time

Simon Madden & Ross Taylor try to plant seeds in fertile soil by creating the Grampians Bouldering Festival As the editorial in this issue points out, community can be a tricky thing. Community is not a place, but it can be intimately linked to a place. It’s not one person or one organisation, nor is it information on the Internet. Community is a feeling – like the vibe of the constitution – and a set of relationships between people. You…

Communities – Digital: two books, log- and Face-

In ‘Two Books, log- and Face-‘ Mattias Braach-Maksvytis looks at ever-evolving online communities When I was in high school I climbed most days, competed in all the comps and felt pretty content as the biggest fish in my small pond. In 2011, I started bouldering outside, or rather, I started to really try outside, and needed someway to log my ascents. I’d heard about a log-book/rock climbing news site from a friend, I made an account and began to log…

Communities – Growth

Ryan Siacci reports on a welcoming space for new climbers – the Passchendaele V2 Bouldering Festival On the surface, it would appear as though bouldering is perhaps the easiest climbing discipline for beginners to participate in. It’s certainly not an equipment-heavy sport – shoes, crash pad, a bucket of chalk and an assortment of beanies are the only real non-negotiable tools of the trade. Any old punter can be kitted out in the course of an afternoon. In reality, the modesty…

Communities – Welcoming

Duncan Brown hosts a legit community event – the North Black Range Boulder Meet The climbing community is a funny old beast. What used to be a ragtag collection of grizzled outdoors folk has grown into an incredibly eclectic mix of people. The bearded mountain folk of yore are are now joined by bearded city hipster boulderers, indoor competitors training hard for the promise of Olympic gold, fitness enthusiasts jumping on board the climbing trend, adventure climbers, alpinists, ice climbers,…

Communities – far away so close

Jimmy Stephens reflects on the easy connection that is made sharing a climbing rope  Sheffield, England. They say it is the strongest postcode in the world, and with good reason. Nestled into the eastern side of the Peak District, a stone’s throw away from the fabled grit crags of Burbage and Stanage or the hard-as-nails limestone areas, Ravens Tor and Chee Dale, it’s one of the climbing capitals of Europe. The likes of Brown, Dawes, Moffat, Moon, Findlay and Coxsey have…


Editor’s note to issue 22 of Vertical Life. Download the issue here. Community / cộng đồng / сообщество / Κοινότητα / 社区 When we try to talk about complicated things it can sometimes be easier to draw on foreign words that express concepts that are not easily translated into english. Their untranslatability frees us from exactitude, giving us room for allusion, interpretation and extrapolation. The gulf of imprecision also gives us somewhere to hide. But foreign words and their slippery concepts can also…

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