Book Review – Adventures at the Edge of the World

Simon Mentz reviews Adventures at the Edge of the World – The Epic Story of Tasmanian Rock Climbing by Gerry Narkowicz and Simon Bischoff It is hard to know where to start with this new book from Gerry Narkowicz and Simon Bischoff, but it would be fair to say that Adventures at the Edge of the World – The Epic Story of Tasmanian Rock Climbing is quite simply the most ambitious book on Australian climbing to date. Coffee table in size (eds:…

Review – Moonarie Guidebook

Moonarie is a special place, offering excellent climbing in a dramatic and lonely setting. Gerry Narkowicz spent Easter there leafing through the newly released guide to the Moon and ticking off classics Moonarie is a world class crag situated 450km north of Adelaide in the Flinders Ranges, Miles From Nowhere* to most people, but a place that every Australian climber should aim to visit at least once in their lifetime. Climbs such as Outside Chance (16), Pine Crack (19), Downwind…

Review – Snakes in the Jungle (book)

Snakes in the Jungle, Special Operations in War & Business by Jim Truscott (Zeus Publications, Gold Coast, 2015) Jim Truscott’s Snakes in the Jungle is one of the most unusual climbing books you’ll ever read, and that’s because it is far more than a climbing book. There are no doubt very few people who have succeeded – much less even tried — to put together careers in mountaineering, the SAS (Special Air Service) branch of the Australian defence force, and big business….

Review – Bouldering Essentials

One of my first climbing trips was to Falcons Lookout, a slick patch of rock carved out of the hillside overlooking Werribee Gorge and Victoria’s Western Freeway. Here, one of the first routes I ever climbed (on top-rope) was Persecution, an old-school grade 12 – jamming 101 followed by, from memory, a bridgey sort of exit. Having wasted myself on the first half of the climb, I pulled into its chimney feature with my back pressing on one side and…

Review & Trip Report – Cape Woolamai Rock Climbing

You’re a Victorian climber and you can’t get to the Grampians? Sick of the heinous undercut starts of the Omega Block at Camels Hump? Scared of the ant colony bumblies of Werribee Gorge trying to kill you with torrents of clumsy-footed rock fall? Do you like your atmos-fear? Can’t decide if you want to surf or climb? Looking for adventure*? Then get your arse to Phillip Island and the mostly-forgotten and long-maligned Cape Woolamai – sea-cliff climbing within an hour-and-a-half…

Review – Climb Tasmania

Mainlanders heading south this summer will have the opportunity to grab themselves a copy of the new edition of Climb Tasmania by Gerry Narkowicz. The first edition came out eight years ago and since its release there has been a huge amount of development in Tasmania. The latest edition contains 300 more routes than the last, and a bunch of new cliffs, including Cluan Tiers, the West Coast crags, Mersey Cliffs and the Mount Brown main face. There is also…

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