Oceana Mackenzie snaffles Olympic scholarship

Oz comp climbing hopeful, Oceana Mackenzie, has been awarded a sought-after Olympic scholarship designed to help participants in fringe sports to qualify for Tokyo 2020. In the run up to each Olympics, the Australian Olympic Committee petition the International Olympic Committee for the scholarships, which are designed to help participants in less-well funded sports to qualify by relieving some of the financial burden. Because the three Australian recipients of the Rio Games equivalent scholarship all qualified and went on to do well, this…

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)…

The Road to Victory – Getting ready for Passchendaele V2

Ryan Siacci outlines the beauty and the (tips) carnage of the upcoming Passchendaele V2 Bouldering Festival, which is happening the weekend of 20 October. Exactly a century ago, the Allies and the Germans were engaged in a terrible and titanic struggle as they fought for control of the land around Ypres, Belgium. Some of the bloodiest battles of the Great War took place in the apocalyptic hellscape near Passchendaele, a small village reduced to a smouldering ruin by years of…

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…

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