Review: Climbing Dictionary

Climbing Dictionary (book) by Matt Samet (The Mountaineers Books, 2011, http://www.climbingterms.com/AboutTheBook) Whether peaking out on shiny new gear, one-upping each other over flickering campfires, planning dream trips or deciphering route descriptions, we climbers use a huge number of specialist words to describe our pursuit. Some stuff even lay non-climbers should know – granite vs limestone, for example – but often they don’t. There are false friends; bomber is not a WWII plane, flash is not an act of sexual depravity,…

Review: Full of Myself

Full of Myself (book) by Johnny Dawes (Johnny Dawes Books, 2011, ₤25, www.Johnnydawes.com) Climbing is a strange way to spend your free time. It’s not considered mainstream. It doesn’t have a clear cut set of rules. No one keeps score. It entices possibly the greatest spread of mentally sound and mentally unstable individuals into one common pastime. It harbours no barriers. Entry is not dictated by financial means, police-checked records or whether or not you attended private school. If climbing…

Review: Climb Point Perp

Climb Point Perp (Guidebook) By Robert Dun (Robert Dun, 2011, www.pointperp.com, $39.95) Point Perpendicular is the kind of place where the routes linger long in the memory; cracks, faces, aretes climbed above the churning sea far below. On my first trip there as a 16-year-old I remember spending most of my time feeling terrified, but on later trips I learned to love it, and when the Point Perp-bug bites, it bites hard. Of course, the only problem with climbing at…

To download your free edition of Vertical Life Mag, please login to your account or create a new account by submitting your details below.

Sign Up

*

*

*

*

*

Lost your password?