News – New Routes Aplenty and Young Punks Anew

As the temperatures have dropped in recent weeks so the steady number of big ticks has risen. Tom O’Halloran sent a project he bolted three years ago at the Underworld in the Blue Mountains, giving it the very uninspiring name of Sack o’ Woe (33/34).He says about the route, “It’s ultra short and powerful, the holds are all pretty good but they are just a touch too far away to make things easy and are tilted at funky angles to…

Preview – World Youth Championships 2016

The World Youth Championships is about to begin in Guangzhou, China, head coach Will Hammersla gives us a preview On 4 November the best young, strong and hungry competition climbers from across Australia will board a plane for Guangzhou, China, to take part in one of the biggest climbing competitions on the IFSC calendar – the World Youth Championships. Coming off the back of what was an amazing World Championships in Paris, expectations for the event are sky high. Last year’s World Youth Championships was the…

North Black Range Boulder Meet, 15-16 October 2016

Katariina Rahikainen reports on this year’s event at the North Black Range in Tallaganda National Park, NSW, near Canberra. All photos by Jogi. When I flicked through my Facebook news feed and saw an invitation from North Black Range Boulder Meet, I hoorayed. I went to my first North Black Range Festival two years ago and had a lot of fun. Not often do you get to climb those mysterious granite boulders with zero friction (if the weather is even…

Passchendaele V1 Bouldering Festival

A couple of weekends back Scotty Dog Resoles and Pinnacle Sports put on the inaugural Passchendaele V1 Bouldering Festival. Stephen Thompson has put together a report on what sounds like a great weekend of Granite Belt bouldering. All uncredited photos by Set In Stone Photography The Set Up On Friday the 7th of October, the Passchendaele V1 Bouldering Festival kicked off in the beautiful Granite Belt region of South-East Queensland. Pinnacle Sports and Scotty Dog Resoles teamed up to host…

News – Boulder Nationals 2016

A few weeks back the Australian Bouldering Championships were held in Queensland, Campbell Harrison reports on what happened. All photos by Adam Sebastian West This year the CLIFBar Australian Bouldering Championships were held between the 1–3 October at Urban Climb Milton in Brisbane, Queensland. Having attended lead and bouldering state championships in Queensland over the past few years, and having witnessed the magnitude of psych that this state possesses for climbing competitions, I was eager to see what they would have in…

News – Sydney Bouldering & Beyond

After the seemingly annual mass migration to the land of biltong, South Africa, Oz’s boulderers have returned in fine form. In Sydney, Tom Farrell’s classic testpiece Double Demerit at Sunnyside received its fourth and fifth ascents by Cory Cook and Aurel Gelot respectively. Also at Sunnyside, Cook and Mattias Braach-Maksvytis repeated Aurel Gelot’s rather long and pumpy Double Wombat (V11/12) At Crumbly, Cook, Fabreece Fernandes  and Liam Healy have all done Abacus (V12). While at the Wing Cave, Liam Brown and Liam…

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