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…

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…

CardiOMG

Not all End-of-Days scenarios present the same challenges and success in each variation demands its own training regime. You just gotta look at Zombieland, where Rule #1 is cardio, in The Virus lockdown the only zombies will be the doubts that haunt our minds and they cannot be simply outrun. Ergo, cardio should not be your priority numero uno. What you should probably do is get ballistically strong. Hangboard, TRX, do bodyweight exercises, calisthenics and lift whatever heavy things you…

Hope

Though from before the pandemic, Simon Madden reflects on the past to shine a little light on the future. It just might be what a few of us are after right now.

VERTICAL LIFE #32 COMING SOON!

This virus sux. We hope that you’re okay and that the people you love are okay. COVID-19 may be laying waste to the economy but we really don’t want it to disintegrate society. As for us, we are doing what we can to keep publishing climbing stories but like everything, it’s a real struggle. The bummer is that we cannot afford to go to print on the next edition of Vertical Life. We really wish that we could but we can’t….

I did a training

Could a Universal Basic Income (UBI) push climbing standards to a new level? A weird question. I’ve had loads of time to think into the dark corners of my mind in the last few weeks; thoughts of NYC populated by ghosts, the US failing and failed, of Spain and Italy hollowed out of love and laughter, of an isolated UK now even more so, of a tide that is threatening to crash here but the hope that it does not….

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