Cash Prizes in Climbing Competitions

Western Australia is a pretty long way from the person-choked urban centres on the East Coast, but if you’re a comp climber you just got some added incentive to fly West. On 18 August, Portside Boulders is throwing a comp with cash on the line – for Open As there’s a grand for the winners, $750 for second place and $500 to round out the podium. Not to be sneezed at. The lure of money led us here at VL to…

Tom Oh’s new hard route at Elphinstone

Tom O’Halloran has just clipped the chains on his project at Elphinstone and in the process finished off The Milkbar (34), what sounds like an outrageous route. We thought we’d speak to him about the history of the line and the how it finally went down. Enjoy, we reckon he is insightful, hilarious and gets your salivary glands shooting out climbing froth right in time for Easter. Images by Kamil Sustiak Congratulations on climbing The Milkbar P2, can you tell us about the route? When…

Freerider

Andrea Hah finds that shit gets real during her ascent of Freerider on El Cap in Yosemite Valley, USA WORDS: Andrea Hah, IMAGES: Lee Cossey The idea of free climbing a route on El Cap in Yosemite Valley has been on my mind since I climbed Ozymandias at Mt Buffalo in 2012. Doing a route on one of the most famous and historic big walls in the world was something I didn’t want to miss out on. The route I chose…

Come Hell or High Water: The Passchendaele V2 Bouldering Festival

Ryan Siacci gives us the low down on how this year’s festival went The early morning yoga session was one of the climbing-est things I have ever seen. Scattered amongst the standard yoga mats were an eclectic assortment of improvised alternatives – one of those woven plastic jobs from Thailand, the rubber flooring from a camp shower, a crash pad. You certainly couldn’t fault anyone for their spirit, but if the weather was anything to go by, their sun salutes can’t…

News – 2017 Oceania Sport Climbing Championships

Tiffany Melius reports on the 2017 Oceania Sport Climbing Championships On 12–15 October, a team of almost 40 Aussies competed in the Oceania Continental Climbing Championships in Nouméa, New Caledonia. A French Territory in the South Pacific, New Caledonia is known for its beaches, snorkelling, and native Kanak culture. The majority of the team were youth competitors, with only four non-youth women competing in the Open category, and no non-youth men. Campbell Harrison, the previous men’s Oceania Champion, was notably…

Oceana Mackenzie snaffles Olympic scholarship

Oz comp climbing hopeful, Oceana Mackenzie, has been awarded a sought-after Olympic scholarship designed to help participants in fringe sports to qualify for Tokyo 2020. In the run up to each Olympics, the Australian Olympic Committee petition the International Olympic Committee for the scholarships, which are designed to help participants in less-well funded sports to qualify by relieving some of the financial burden. Because the three Australian recipients of the Rio Games equivalent scholarship all qualified and went on to do well, this…

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