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…

Blog – Bert’s New Bolts: an ethical debate

Ryan Siacci brings the chisel of reason to a recent bolting controversy in Queensland An unusually polite debate erupted on the threads of the ACAQ’s Facebook page on 7 August 2016. Although there were echoes of the vitriolic retro-bolt wars that can be found deep within the dusty archives of many Qurank forums, this argument was uncharacteristically mild. Even so, it was a protracted debate that alluded to deep rifts within the ostensibly tight-knit climbing community and collars, which if…

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…

Charlie Creese interviews Andy Pollitt

Two legends swim up out of the murky past to talk about climbing, history, sexy spandex and writing books.

Precious Object – Keith Lockwood

Precious Object Keith Lockwood – Ewbank Cracker Most of us accumulate old stuff in our packs, in boxes, in the car, in the shed. Bits of dunny paper, a packet of matches, a packet of soup, string, can opener, old booty from the cliffs, a favourite hex or moac on faded pink tiger tape… When I was asked to write something about favourite old things, my rummaging turned up detritus such as an old green Arapiles guide, filed-out nuts on…

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…

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