Review – More Than it Hurts

Anna Deng reviews the new Australian anthology, More Than it Hurts. At turns poignant and conversational, the new anthology More Than it Hurts edited by Wendy Bruere and Emily Small, celebrates stories of womxn that capture a universal sense of suffering, belonging and fulfillment from their exploits in the mountains and beyond. Drawing deeply from different formative experiences spanning continents, pregnancies and deaths, this anthology gives voice to diverse accomplishments that are appealingly honest and vulnerable in their struggles. In…

Review – The Climbing Bible

Tom O’Halloran reviews the new training for rock climbing guide, The Climbing Bible, by internationally renowned climbers and coaches Martin Mobråten and Stian Christophersen Not so long ago, climbing training books were like hens’ teeth. A shop could stock all four of them and keep the few psyched and curious climbers knowledge-lust satiated. One on the physical, one for your head game, Dave Best of all, The Climbing Bible, has one our favourite Poms on the cover, the lovely Mina…

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…

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