Interview – Mark Altmann

We speak to Mark Altman, member of the Australian paraclimbing team. Can you give us the Mark Altmann 101? I was born in 1983 with a disability affecting both of my upper limbs. But most importantly I was never raised disabled. If I wanted something I had to learn to figure it out myself, I had to adapt. I took to the water at an early age winning medals and setting Australian records. When I was just 17 I represented…

What Impact are the Grampians/Gariwerd Bans Having?

A recent visit to the Grampians/Gariwerd got Ross Taylor wondering about the effect the climbing bans are having on visitation and local businesses. And with Mt Arapiles set to go through the same process at the Grampians, it is natural to fear what impact this may have on the town of Natimuk. A couple of weekends ago during the long weekend here in Victoria I pitched up to the Bleachers near Halls Gap. I arrived at 11am and was surprised to find the…

Vertical Life’s Preferred Stockists

If you aren’t a subscriber you can pick up new editions of Vertical Life from one of our preferred stockists best mates. Subscriber, random reader, one-the-dunny page turner, we love youse all! If you’re a store or gym interested in throwing your weight behind the magazine, giving us a metaphorical belay, planting your feet and giving us a figurative spot, become a preferred stockist by dropping a line to ACT BlocHaus Unit 2. Building 2, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick…

Tom’s Olympic Dream

The field of contenders for the coveted spots on the Australian Olympic climbing team is thickening, we have a quick chat with Tom O’Halloran who has recently declared his hand. We saw that you recently announced that you were planning to try and get an Olympic spot, why have you decided to make this a goal? I first saw the Olympics when I was eight years old and I watched the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics. I was blown…

Fixing Everest

Guy Cotter, the CEO of Adventure Consultants, reflects on the current state of affairs on the world’s highest – and seemingly busiest summit – Mt Everest The image of the crowds on the summit ridge was not good for the reputation of Everest or of mountaineering in general. I have fielded numerous media calls these last few days as people all over the world are wondering what is going on up there. The reality is that there are large groups…

Vertical Life no 28 – The Regular Print Issue is here!

After 27 free issues of Vertical Life, we’ve now produced our first regular print issue of the magazine, which has just started hitting shelves/mailboxes this week. Get your hands on it while it’s hot). Where can your grubby hands on a copy? You can go for convenience-plus home, set-and-forget home delivery of each edition by buying a regular subscription to the magazine here. It’ll land in your mailbox once a quarter with all the words and pictures of Oz climbing…

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