The Future of Climbing in Gariwerd/Grampians

Parks Victoria released its new draft management plan for Gariwerd/Grampians last year. We take a look at the draft from a climbing perspective. What does the Greater Gariwerd Landscape Management Plan mean for climbing? It vastly decreases the opportunities for roped climbing – particularly hard, quality climbing – and it basically eliminates bouldering.  We truly believe that the cultural and environmental values of the park need to be protected, because they are the very things that make us want to…

Victorian Peak Climbing Body? Have Your Say

Moves are afoot to initiate a climbing peak body in Victoria. Sport Climbing Victoria (SCV) in conjunction with Outdoors Victoria (OV), and with support from Sport & Recreation Victoria, has just released a draft report investigating the options for the form the peak body may take. We speak to Phil Goebel from Sport Climbing Victoria, and Andrew Knight and Chris Ali from Outdoors Victoria about the report and its recommendations, and how climbers can give their feedback. Why does Victoria…

Review – The Climbing Bible

Tom O’Halloran reviews the new training for rock climbing guide, The Climbing Bible, by internationally renowned climbers and coaches Martin Mobråten and Stian Christophersen Not so long ago, climbing training books were like hens’ teeth. A shop could stock all four of them and keep the few psyched and curious climbers knowledge-lust satiated. One on the physical, one for your head game, Dave Best of all, The Climbing Bible, has one our favourite Poms on the cover, the lovely Mina…

VERTICAL LIFE magazine is back + 2 other huge announcements

We are pleased to share that we are bringing VERTICAL LIFE magazine back in print and digital this December! The NEW Vertical Life brings you features and content both Nationally and Internationally. From Western Australia, The ACT, Tasmania’s Flinders Island, Victoria, South Australia to Queensland our team has it covered. Gyms, travel, even during these COVID-19 restricted times, photography, nutrition, the best gear reviews, and more are all part of Edition#33. What’s more, is we preview the upcoming Vertical Life Film Tour…

Review – Hoka One One Arkali

Vertical Life’s Simon Madden reviews the Hoka One One Arkali I don’t even know what a ‘hiking’ shoe is anymore and to be honest I’m not really sure it matters.  It’s hard to decide what to wear on those long hikes to the crag nowadays; my co-editor wears canvas street shoes unless he is on a four-day death march. Personally, I am a help-the-aged approach shoe kinda guy, every little bit of assistance helps. You also see people kicking it…

Valhalla – Film Review by Dave Barnes September 2020

VALHALLA is the latest climbing film to be distributed by Adventure Entertainment.  The film follows a climbing party that attempts a route of the same name.  It is a remarkable film carefully crafting the story of a father and son climbing team that weaves its way across the longest and hardest roof to date in an exotic location in Getu, China. The key climber is Edu Marin. Edu was raised in a climbing family with his father, Francisco, who has passed…

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