Photography – Kamil Sustiak’s night shot

Kamil Sustiak kicks off his new photography column with an explanation of how he captured Kerrin Gale climbing below a star-spangled sky Camera settings for the successful shot: Canon 5D MK III, 16-35 F2.8L, F3.2/20s, ISO 4000 Lights: Canon Speedlite 580ex remotely triggered with two PocketWizard TT5s and a headtorch attached to a human for light-painting the rear cave. ‘Three, two, one… now!!’ Doug gives slack and somewhere in the total darkness above us Kerrin dynos for an ‘invisible’ hold…

Video – Where the Wild Things Are (V7), Grampians

Can you get enough video of bouldering in the Grampians? Stef romping around Where the Wild Things Are (V7) at the Valley of the Giants in the Grampians. In this sector there are some very cool high ball boulders set amongst a beautiful forest.

Tom Oh’s new hard route at Elphinstone

Tom O’Halloran has just clipped the chains on his project at Elphinstone and in the process finished off The Milkbar (34), what sounds like an outrageous route. We thought we’d speak to him about the history of the line and the how it finally went down. Enjoy, we reckon he is insightful, hilarious and gets your salivary glands shooting out climbing froth right in time for Easter. Images by Kamil Sustiak Congratulations on climbing The Milkbar P2, can you tell us about the route? When…

Getting to know your gut biome

In ‘Kimchi, Kombucha & Crushin’ – a Guide to Your Guts’ our resident nutritionist, Amanda Watts, delves into new research that explains the importance of the gut microbiome to our health and our ability to crush Even if you have been dirt-bagging in the Grampians for the last year, it’s likely you’ve heard the phrase ‘gut microbiome’. Gut health–related messages are the latest health craze to hit the media, and for good reason. As gene sequencing has become less expensive and…

Interview – Lee Cujes & the La Sportiva Easter Tick Contest

The Australian born and bred climbing database,, has launched an Australia-wide climbing competition sponsored by La Sportiva. Kicking off on 16 March and running for a month until 16 April, the competition is based on climbing the most number of (unique) pitches/boulders, with the top three winners in the two categories of bouldering and sport & trad climbing receiving a pair of La Sportiva Traverse X shoes. There is also a bonus pair of La Sportivas to be won…

Contributor swag – Issue 24

Once again, thanks to everyone who contributed to Issue 24 of Vertical Life, particularly our advertisers, who have all supplied some great prizes for contributors to latest issue. Our lucky contributors are: Mitch Scanlan-Bloor (who contributed a folio of Oz climbing shot) will be getting a ‘Team’ Petzl Meteor Helmet (RRP $175) in case he tries to break himself again – courtesy of Petzl and Spelean. Dan Wilde (who took a bunch of great shots of Tom Farrell) will be…

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