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Vertical Life

March-May 2021
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Vertical Life is a climbing magazine in Australasia, available in both digital and print options. Here at Vertical Life we love climbing, be it beanied bouldering, clip-up sportclimbing, old-school daddy-tradding, big-wall suffering, alpine extremism, spandex-clad competition climbing, desperate-times-call-for-desperate-measures buildering, the lot – if it involves monkey business we will cover it.

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in this issue

3 min.
white noise

“I WAS IN RAPTURE, DRUNK ON GLORIOUS ABANDON.” The noise in my head sometimes comes as ringing, sometimes as thrumming, sometimes as rushing. I have quite bad tinnitus. Cursed for too much time spent reaching for the lasers, or just my genetic lot, or a mind harried by the modern world’s inability to leave us alone. One perplexing thing is that it is not there all the time. Or, more accurately, I am not there all the time. The noise doesn’t go away, but I am not always hearing it; not paying attention to it. When I am running, jumping or crimping – or focussed intently on a task – it is as if I am cured. I never hear the ringing when I am climbing. It’s at its worst when the world falls…

2 min.
preferred stockists

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY BLOC HAUS blochaus.com.au Fyshwick ACT P: 02 6280 8830 E: boulder@blochaus.com.au F: @blochauscanberra Insta: @blochauscbr CANBERRA INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING canberrarockclimbing.com.au Mitchell ACT P: 02 6260 1101 E: canrock@grapevine.com.au FB: canberraclimbing Insta: canberraindoorrockclimbing NEW SOUTH WALES BLUE MOUNTAINS CLIMBING SCHOOL climbingschool.com.au Blue Mountains, NSW P: 0491 223 133 E: climb@climbingschool.com.au FB: BlueMountainsClimbingSchool Insta: Blue_Mountains_Climbing_School CLIMBING ANCHORS climbinganchors.com.au P: 1300 421 585 E: info@climbinganchors.com FB: @ClimbingAnchors Insta: @climbing_anchors CLIMB FIT climbfit.com.au St Leonards & Kirrawee NSW P: 02 9436 4600 (St Leonards) 02 9545 3407 (Kirawee) E: info@climbfit.com.au FB: @climbfitsydney @climbfit_kirrawee Insta: climbfit_sydney HANGDOG CLIMBING GYM hangdog.com.au Wollongong NSW P: 02 4225 8369 E: info@hangdog.com.au FB: hangdogclimbinggym Insta: hangdogclimbinggym MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT mountainequipment.com Sydney City & Chatswood, NSW P: (02) 9264 5888 & (02) 9419 6955 E: web@mountainequipment.com FB: mountainequipmentaustralia Insta: mountain_equipment_aus PULSE CLIMBING pulseclimbing.com.au Warners Bay, Adamstown, West Gosford NSW E: info@pulseclimbing.com.au FB: pulseclimbing Insta: pulseclimbing SYDNEY INDOOR CLIMBING GYM ST PETERS indoorclimbing.com.au St Peters NSW P: 02 9519 3325 E: sicg2@hotmail.com FB: @Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym St Peters Insta: @sydneyindoorclimbingstpeters THE EDGE ROCK CLIMBING CENTRE edgerockclimbing.com.au Castle Hill NSW P: 02 9899 8228 E: info@edgerockclimbing.com.au FB: @theedgerockclimbing Insta: @edgerockclimbing THE CLIMBING CENTRE climbingcentre.com.au Penrith, NSW 2750 P (02) 4731 1130 E: info@climbingcentre.com.au FB: @ TheClimbingCentre Insta:…

2 min.
oceania championships round-up

This year’s Oceania Championship not only decided which two climbers would head to the Olympics but took place in the era of COVID-19, which created its own dramas. The competition had been scheduled for earlier in 2020 but ended up being pushed back right to the end of the year, taking place over 18th to 20th of December at SCIG Villawood. Unfortunately, an outbreak in the slums of the Northern Beaches of Sydney meant that parts of Sydney were declared ‘Red Zones’, and on midnight of 18 December anyone travelling from Red Zones back to their interstate homes would be forced to quarantine for 14 days in a hotel. This was an announcement that led to many competitors and officials departing early. But, the show went on. And putting on the best…

9 min.
dollars make sense

HOW AND WHY DID THIS ECONOMIC ANALYSIS COME ABOUT? What has been a frustration over the past year is the feeling that climbers are seen as being of no tourism value. The reality is that we are most often highly skilled or professional and we visit regional Victorian areas with a frequency unlike any other recreational tourism group. I was increasingly aware of the positive benefits of climbing after reading studies in the USA and was interested in applying a similar approach in Australia. At about the same time I heard of a friend who was planning a climber survey and asked if I could include some economic and health questions. After that I put my house building project on hold to make the time. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO QUANTIFY CLIMBING’S…

3 min.
read listen watch think

Read this CLIMBING ACCIDENTS DATA REPOSITORY: ANALYZING 30 YEARS OF ACCIDENT REPORTS. BY ELIOT CAROOM. Climbing can be dangerous, in all its iterations, whether you’re running out sketchy trad, leisurely clipping bolts or pulling down on the blocs, accidents can happen. In our climbing we all constantly make assessments about what is risky and what isn’t, and it can be hard to know if we have our Spidey sense well calibrated or not. Eliot Caroom has interrogated information from the American Alpine Club (AAC) and Accidents in North American Climbing to try to figure out how we have accidents when we’re out climbing. The dataset and accompanying analysis are not perfect, but they are helpful in thinking through how accidents can happen to you, and then – most importantly – planning how to…

4 min.
making the most of it

The qualification process for climbers to make the Tokyo 2020 (yes they are still calling it that) Olympic Games is slightly complex to explain. The end result is 20 males and 20 females from all over the world will come together at the beginning of August to compete for their countries. In late December, Oceana Mackenzie and myself qualified and will be the sole Australian representatives. I’m pretty psyched! If it were a non-pandemic year, I’d be planning overseas training camps and World Cup events. The experience you learn from being fully immersed in that scene is invaluable and not something we have replicated in Australia quite yet. But we are in a pandemic year, so the next six months are a much bigger unknown. We have a Plan O and a Plan…