Interview – Amy Fenton

Amy Fenton is one of the strongest boulderers floating around at present. We were in the middle of interviewing her about a couple of her recent hardest ticks – a brace of V10s – when she upped the ante by climbing at least two grades harder, sending Deep Blue Sea (V12/13) at the Black Cave on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. We speak to her about the Fenton Formula and Fenton Dreams. Can you give us the Amy Fenton 101? Twenty one, based…

Interview – Leah Dempsey

Vertical Life speaks to Blueys climber, Leah Dempsey, possibly the smoothest, most stylish climber since Patrick Edlinger glided over the rocks like a cheese-eating French serpent. Can you give us a brief bio? I’m 27 years old and I’m Brisbane born and bred. After having quit my psychology degree and discovering my love for climbing, I decided to move to the Blue Mountains and I’ve been living here for the past three years. Aside from climbing, I’m a clichéd lover…

Climb Design – An interview with Tim Preston

As part of our series of interviews with Australian producers of gear for climbers, we speak to Tim Preston, owner of the Castlemaine-based Climb Design. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I like to make stuff. This has lead me from tinkering in the shed as a kid to shipbuilding (historical replicas), a degree in Industrial Design, and setting up a small furniture company usethings with my partner. We live in Central Victoria with two kids and a dog. How did…

Contributor Swag – Issue 22

Once again, thanks to everyone who contributed to Issue 22 of Vertical Life, particularly our advertisers, who have all supplied some great prizes for people who’ve contributed to the latest issue. Our lucky contributors are: Vanessa Wills (who wrote the great article on climbing Balls Pyramid) who will get a pair of Scarpa climbing shoes up to the value of $250 courtesy of Scarpa and Outdoor Agencies. Mattias Braach-Maksvytis (who wrote one of the articles for our article on climbing’s…


Editor’s note to issue 22 of Vertical Life. Download the issue here. Community / cộng đồng / сообщество / Κοινότητα / 社区 When we try to talk about complicated things it can sometimes be easier to draw on foreign words that express concepts that are not easily translated into english. Their untranslatability frees us from exactitude, giving us room for allusion, interpretation and extrapolation. The gulf of imprecision also gives us somewhere to hide. But foreign words and their slippery concepts can also…

Bouldering in Korea

Andy Mckilliam outlines the spicy delights of South Korea’s BBQ (Best Bouldering Quality) during an exploratory trip with Nalle Hukkataival ‘There’s rock everywhere in the world, but not many climbing destinations are totally unique.’ Nalle Hukkataival laughed from the back seat while trying to decipher one of the semi-coherent, feel-good quotes that adorned his takeaway coffee cup. I was chopsticking slices of spicy vegetable kimbap (think sushi rolls but with completely different fillings) into Christoph’s mouth as we slipped onto…

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