Nutrition – Intermittent fasting

Love climbing? Get your subscription to Vertical Life here. In ‘On. Off.’ Amanda Watts takes a scientific gander at whether intermittent fasting is bunkum or fair dinkum? Intermittent fasting – it’s a diet that gets people as excited as a climbing trip to their dream crag. It’s certainly a diet that promises potentially profound health benefits: weight loss, better metabolic health and longer life. But is it really the silver bullet proponents claim, and is it something that can work for climbers? When…

Grampians Access: New Maps from Parks Victoria

Love climbing? Get your subscription to Vertical Life here. Yesterday afternoon Parks Victoria (PV) released maps (see at bottom) showing the full extent of new Special Protection Areas (SPAs) in the Grampians National Park/Gariwerd. The newly outlined areas, combined with the already identified areas in the Victoria Range, are extensive and cover many of the best and most popular climbing areas in the Park. Technically climbing is not allowed in SPAs. In this new information from Parks Victoria there is no change to what…

Angie Scarth-Johnson new routing in Tonga

Angie Scarth-Johnson goes way back home and, under the watchful eye of maestro Lee Cossey, bolts her first ever route WORDS: Angie Scarth-Johnson & Lee Cossey IMAGES: Lee Cossey Developing new routes is hard yakka. Developing new routes when you have never bolted anything before, on a tropic island, thousands of miles away, under time pressure and the glaring lights of the movie cameras even more so. Late last year Angie and Lee headed to Tonga, the country of Angie’s…

Grampians access: What is happening?

Some climbers have expressed concern or confusion about who the people or organisations are that are representing climbers’ interests. As a user-group, we’ve flown under the radar for a long time, which has meant we’ve had a lot of freedom, equally it means that we’re not very well prepared for an event such as the banning of climbing in some areas in the Grampians. However, that situation is changing, and there are a lot of people very busily working to…

Climbing Bans in the Grampians

On Tuesday this week various members of the climbing community, including representatives of the Victorian Climbing Club, Western Victoria Climbing Club and others, met with Parks Victoria. There we were informed that eight areas in the western Grampians are going to be closed to climbers. In the next two weeks, signs will be put at the closed areas and the closures will be policed with fines. We were not given the specifics of what areas are to be closed or…

Newness

Editor’s note to issue 27 of Vertical Life. Download the issue here. Climbing has always been about newness. We have been obsessed with who climbed the hardest thing and who got to the top first, both of which are just shades of newness. When we look back, it is exploration that’s the main thread running through the lore of climbing, and exploration by definition is about charting newness. You can see that from the early science-driven ascents that sought to map the world…

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