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….

Awesome Woodys – an interview with Ross Ferguson

In the second of our series of profiles of Australian manufacturers of climbing gear, we speak to Ross Ferguson of Awesome Woodys, a Brisbane-based company that produces portable fingerboards much beloved by climbers. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I’m a Brisbane boy, born and bred. Climber, new router, crag hunter, obsessive trainer and, more recently, trail runner. I like working with timber and my mind is often in overdrive thinking about design, engineering or the function of crazy…

Concept Climbing – An interview with Pat Klein

As part of a new series on Australian producers of climbing-related gear, we speak to Pat Klein, owner of Concept Climbing, a new Melbourne-based company that produces training products, primarily fingerboards. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I’m from Melbourne, Australia. I love fun adventure sports, being out and active with friends is pretty much what it’s all about! I’m a bit of nerd, I love reading up and studying anything to do with exercise physiology, especially related…

Interview – Tiffany Melius, Australian Women’s Boulder Champion 2016

Vertical Life talks to the current Australian Women’s Bouldering Champion for 2016, former Queenslander now Canuck, Tiffany Melius You can read Tifany’s sweet piece about her most precious climbing possession in issue 19 of Vertical Life. Download the Vertical Life App from iTunes or the Kindle Fire App Store here. You recently became the Australian National Bouldering Champion, but many Australian climbers may not have heard of you since you live in Canada – can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got into climbing? I…

Interview – Campbell Harrison on 2016

We speak to one of Australia’s best competitive climbers, Campbell Harrison, about his recent travels overseas to compete on the World Cup circuit and at the World Championships.  All photos by Yvette Harrison This was your second season on the World Cup circuit, how did it compare to your first? Last year’s season didn’t really go to plan… I was registered for three IFSC competitions: a Boulder WC in Munich, Lead WC in Stavanger and the World Youth Championships in…

Interview – Lucy Stirling

Vertical Life speaks to Queensland climber, Lucy Stirling, who recently returned from competing on the World Cup circuit in Europe, about her season and how it all went.  This was your second season on the World Cup circuit, how did it compare to your first? I feel like last year I barely got a taste of the circuit atmosphere as I only competed in the first two Lead World Cups in France. They were both amazing experiences but also a…

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