Vertical Life 2019 Winter #29

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This edition of VERTICAL LIFE is available as a Print or Digital copy. Select on the drop-down. 

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What will you find inside?

  • VL Editor, Simon Madden, reflects on being blinded (literally by eye surgery) and metaphorically by the Grampians/Garidwerd climbing bans.
  • Ryan Siacci looks at the changing face of Australian alpinism is his article After the Gold Rush.
  • Angus Taylor speaks to one of the unsung stars of ’90s bouldering, Angela Connolly, a Sydneysider who quietly put up what would have been at the time one the world’s hardest boulder problems by a woman, Tender Trap (V9/10).
  • Photographer, Kamil Sustiak, reminisces on When Shit Goes Wrong in his regular column, How I Got the Shot.
  • Kerrin Gale goes to the USA’s Smith Rocks in the dead of winter in The Try List and tried hard.
  • Blueys’ climber Angus Farquhar recounts why he is pulling out some of his bolts on his first ascents in the Elephant in the Room.
  • Tim Macartney-Snape, Meg Dennison and John Beckwith provide three different perspectives on the Grampians/Gariwerd climbing bans.
  • Our gallery has shots from Flinders Island and also the first female ascent of the Groove Train by Paige Claassen.
  • Nathan McNeil retells the epic first one-day ascent of The Lost Boys (24) on Mt Warning in Queensland by Duncan Steel and Henk Morgans.
  • Ben Tari has a haunting story of climbing solo.
  • Marcelo de Torrion por Alez dances and dodges and skips out on spotting.
  • Steve Toal outlines some of the best areas covered in his new Central Grampians Comprehensive Guide.
  • In Gym Rats, our regular indoor climbing column, we speak to Urban Climb’s route-setter and coach, Jane Engler.
  • In Climb to Tokyo Campbell Harrison is all about learning from his mistakes in the opening bouldering World Cup in China.
  • Denby Weller finds that you can always be stronger during the Pull-up Project.
  • Our resident nutritionist, Amanda Watts, looks at the pros and cons of the supplement creatine and finds some benefits for climbers.
  •  Training guru Duncan Brown has some great tips for route-reading and memorisation.
  • We do our usual bowing down to the False Gods of Consumption in the New Gear, plus we review the Petzl GriGri+ and The North Face Dome Pant.
  • Dave Gairns remembers one of the pioneers of Victorian climbing, Mike Stone, who passed away recently.
  • Brecon Littleford on his Precious Object, a DMM Mamba quickdraw.