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…

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…

Review – Hoka One One Arkali

Vertical Life’s Simon Madden reviews the Hoka One One Arkali I don’t even know what a ‘hiking’ shoe is anymore and to be honest I’m not really sure it matters.  It’s hard to decide what to wear on those long hikes to the crag nowadays; my co-editor wears canvas street shoes unless he is on a four-day death march. Personally, I am a help-the-aged approach shoe kinda guy, every little bit of assistance helps. You also see people kicking it…

Valhalla – Film Review by Dave Barnes September 2020

VALHALLA is the latest climbing film to be distributed by Adventure Entertainment.  The film follows a climbing party that attempts a route of the same name.  It is a remarkable film carefully crafting the story of a father and son climbing team that weaves its way across the longest and hardest roof to date in an exotic location in Getu, China. The key climber is Edu Marin. Edu was raised in a climbing family with his father, Francisco, who has passed…

Is the Killer Pillar killer or filler? A film review

I Gonzo on the Paradox of Popularity and is Fun Just for Losers? A review of the film Gripped: Climbing the Killer Pillar. Choose life. Choose to quit your job. Choose a panting romance at 1200 feet, choose expressive homogeneity, choose Extreme, choose a Patagonia puffer, choose putting on make up in your tent in the morning, choose a fetishised water-bottle, some scroggin and tattoos. Remember that time you told your mate that this crag was secret?  Yeah man, screw…

GWRN and the closure of Taipan Wall

In the wake of the closure of Taipan Wall – one of the best climbing cliffs in the world – and the much-loved Bundaleer, VL speaks to the Gariwerd Wimmera Reconciliation Network (GWRN) who have been working to build a dialogue with the Traditional Owners of Gariwerd. GWRN has been in the news due the recent Taipan and Bundaleer closures because GWRN representatives were invited along to the Taipan Wall cultural heritage assessment. For many climbers it may be the…

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