Interview – Amy Fenton

Amy Fenton is one of the strongest boulderers floating around at present. We were in the middle of interviewing her about a couple of her recent hardest ticks – a brace of V10s – when she upped the ante by climbing at least two grades harder, sending Deep Blue Sea (V12/13) at the Black Cave on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. We speak to her about the Fenton Formula and Fenton Dreams. Can you give us the Amy Fenton 101? Twenty one, based…

Interview – Leah Dempsey

Vertical Life speaks to Blueys climber, Leah Dempsey, possibly the smoothest, most stylish climber since Patrick Edlinger glided over the rocks like a cheese-eating French serpent. Can you give us a brief bio? I’m 27 years old and I’m Brisbane born and bred. After having quit my psychology degree and discovering my love for climbing, I decided to move to the Blue Mountains and I’ve been living here for the past three years. Aside from climbing, I’m a clichéd lover…

Climb Design – An interview with Tim Preston

As part of our series of interviews with Australian producers of gear for climbers, we speak to Tim Preston, owner of the Castlemaine-based Climb Design. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I like to make stuff. This has lead me from tinkering in the shed as a kid to shipbuilding (historical replicas), a degree in Industrial Design, and setting up a small furniture company usethings with my partner. We live in Central Victoria with two kids and a dog. How did…

Interview: Sam & Liam Healy

We speak to Sam and Liam Healy, identical-twin crushers from Sydney who prove that no matter how similar two people may be they will still not climb boulders the same way. Sam and Liam have been climbing extremely well of late. At home in Sydney, recent ticks for Sam have included Double Demerit (V13; which seems to have dropped a grade of late from V14), One of a Kind (V13), Deep Blue Sea (V12; down from V13), Tyler Durden (V12)…

Big Wall Gear – an interview with John Middendorf

In the third of our series of interviews with Australian designers and manufacturers of climbing gear, we speak to John Middendorf of the brand-new company, Big Wall Gear, a Tasmanian-based company that has just begun production of the new D4 Portaledge. Can you tell us a little about yourself for Australian climbers who may not be familiar with your background? I started climbing when I was 14, living on the East Coast of the USA where crags were few and far…

Interview – Kim Ladiges & Cerro Torre

  In late February, Tasmanian Kim Ladiges became one of the few Australian climbers to have climbed a route on Cerro Torre in Patagonia – and the first (as far as we know) to have actually climbed the final ice mushroom that guards the true summit. He climbed the peak, which Reinhold Messner described as ‘a shriek turned to stone’, by the Ragni Route, a line that involves mostly snow and ice climbing on the West Face of Cerro Torre….

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