NZ South Island Road Trip

Tom Hoyle maps out your perfect itinerary for your South Island climbing road trip New Zealand is beautiful. Everyone who has watched Peter Jackson’s nine hours and eighteen minutes of Tourism New Zealand advertisement that was the Lord of the Rings trilogy knows that by now. Numerous foreign visitors to New Zealand have made the point to me that there is no one particular type of scenery in New Zealand that is better than other places – we don’t have…

NZ North Island Road Trip

Thinking about a Tasman-Bubble climbing trip around the North Island of NZ but don’t know where to start? No problem, Tom Hoyle has all the good oil. (Note since this piece was originally published Mt Eden quarry, Castle Rock and Whanganui Bay has been closed to climbers.) When I first started climbing while at university back in 2002, one of the most appealing aspects about adopting the climbing lifestyle was the prospect of the climbing road trip. It wasn’t just the climbing…

Reza Alipour – the only okay FitSpo

We are all but fish in a pond or in the sea. We are the product of our circumstances, we might imagine ourselves independently thinking, autonomous, conscious beings, but we are really just animated sacks of pressed sausage meat being guided around by the remote controls of our pasts. It is for this reason that I can’t really be that proud of me for hating banal motivational quotes and the cookie-cutter, you-can-do-it-ism of FitSpo – I was just born this…

Where did all the psych go?

It was exhausted in thinking about who we were and what we did. It was used up by the insatiable energy of squabbling and shitting on each other. It was suffocated by bans. It was sideswiped by change. It was burnt in the fires. I saw a photo the other day and it had a question with it; the fires, have they sucked the psych out of climbing for anyone else because they have done for me, it asked. There…

Editorial – On you, on me, ennui

I have taken for granted the pleasures of a tactile world: dragging my hands along a cold steel balustrade, cupping porcelain whilst drinking a coffee, skin torn by sandstone gripped too hard. Instead, I find myself shying away from everything like a vampire fleeing an upraised cross. Where is this place that we are? We are not where we were and we are not where we are going. When I wake up in the morning it feels like nowhere, off…

Vertical Life no 32 is now out!

Vertical Lifers – the Virus has upended everything. Lives are upside, economies are inside out. Amidst the tumult we have put together a new issue and we hope that you read it and like it. Because of The Virus we’ve gone back to the 1s and 0s to save money on printing in the face of collapsing advertising. This is a bummer, but we’re hoping VL can survive the downturn on its metaphorical digital ventilator and we can return to printing the…

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