On Mentors & Oedipus

Simon Madden on slaying your spirit guide The Child’s right hand slaps again and again at the blunt ledge, hoping for a better hold, failing to see the big side-pull above, too pumped in mind and body to make good decisions, failing to throw a heel up, too afraid  to commit for the vision of pinging off and cratering into a wall that has been responsible for more than a few limps and cracked skulls. The Child’s grimace sours even…

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…

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…

Feature – Suffering

Love climbing? Get your subscription to Vertical Life here. In ‘The Pain The Pain!’ Ben Buckland asks why climbers seek out and embrace suffering and maybe finds it consuming a humble can of Orangina A few years ago I got really lost on a route in Chamonix. It wasn’t meant to be an especially big day out, just ten or so moderate pitches (with a long traverse section in the middle, just enough to make retreating a bitch) on a summer afternoon. Somewhere high…

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…

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