VERTICAL LIFE #32 COMING SOON!

This virus sux. We hope that you’re okay and that the people you love are okay. COVID-19 may be laying waste to the economy but we really don’t want it to disintegrate society. As for us, we are doing what we can to keep publishing climbing stories but like everything, it’s a real struggle. The bummer is that we cannot afford to go to print on the next edition of Vertical Life. We really wish that we could but we can’t….

I did a training

Could a Universal Basic Income (UBI) push climbing standards to a new level? A weird question. I’ve had loads of time to think into the dark corners of my mind in the last few weeks; thoughts of NYC populated by ghosts, the US failing and failed, of Spain and Italy hollowed out of love and laughter, of an isolated UK now even more so, of a tide that is threatening to crash here but the hope that it does not….

News – The ACAV Special General Meeting

Last night the Australian Climbing Association Victoria (ACAV) held a Special General Meeting (SGM) at Trinity Grammar to try and resolve its internal issues. Simon Madden was there to report on it. EDIT 38 December: We have received several requests for people to view and listen to recordings of the SGM, scroll to the bottom if you are that kind of person who wants to follow along at home. Mike Tomkins (Mike-T) is still the president of the ACAV. The…

Interview – Kevin Lindorff

We speak to Kevin Lindorff, incoming president of the Victorian Climbing Club (VCC) and long time climber, to get his take on the VCC, its role and its future. Congratulations on recently being elected president of the Victorian Climbing Club, can you tell us a little about your personal bio (in case anyone already doesn’t know who you are!) and also your history with the VCC? I did my first climb when I was 12.  It was the start of…

News – John Middendorf on the logging of takayna/Tarkine

We speak to Tasmania’s John Middendorf, a long-time climber, climbing-gear designer and owner of D4, a portaledge manufacturer, about his activism in the old-growth forests of takayna/Tarkine, both in supporting the protests by helping out with gear and doing tree-sits himself. Can you tell us what is happening in takayna/Tarkine and in the Sumac Forest specifically, and why it is so important to protect the area? Currently 52 logging coupes – thousands of hectares of forest – are scheduled to be logged in…

News – Parks Victoria Overreach?

Parks Victoria (PV) rangers once again seem to be overreaching their powers when it comes to interacting with climbers Just under two weeks ago, on the Melbourne Cup weekend, a friend of VL’s was heading into Ruined Castle in the southern Grampians/Gariwerd. In a group with four other climbers, they had parked their car at the corner of the Glenelg River Rd and the Waterworks Track and were making their way into the crag when they were stopped by two…

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