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I STAND ALONE at the foot of the cliff, hefting an axe in each hand. Staring up at the imposing wall of ice I feel something primal stir within me. This is a ba…

EVEREST SUMMITEER AND AUSTRALIAN Geographic Society award winner Allie Pepper will be raising funds for the Australian Himalayan Foundation when she attempts to…

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Want to be an ice climber? A school for thrill-seekers on NZ's South Island will teach you all the skills. The first strike in ice-climbing isn't always the dee…

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Discover vertical multi-hued sandstone and shaded canyons just a stone's throw from the glitz of Las Vegas. I SHIVERED AS GUSTS of wind tumbled down the cliff f…

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REGAINING CONSCIOUSNESS TO discover you're buried alive in a hole in the ground is not everyone's idea of a good time. Once the sleepy fug has cleared sufficien…

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Simon Madden vents his spleen on everything from loud music, human waste and unethical climbing practices that threaten the natural serenity of the Grampians. T…

Destinations

Despite its relatively modest 3724m peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook isn't for the faint-hearted. It's one of the toughest climbs on Earth. SO YOU WANT TO summit Aoraki/…

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A fools climb, Mount Fuji, Japan. A climb up Mount Fuji prior to the start of the climbing season will ensure you beat the crowds, but it will present some seri…

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Simon Carter is an internationally renowned climbing photographer who has been climbing for 35 years and photographing professionally for 24. He has produced se…

Guides

Simon Madden's guide to the best beginner and intermediate climbing crags in Australia. SIMON MADDEN Simon Madden is the publisher of Vertical Life, Australia’…

IT IS OCTOBER 1983: the year 76 people die in the Ash Wednesday fires, BMX Bandits launches Nicole Kidman’s fledgling career and Bob Hawke becomes prime ministe…

GET A RUSH THIS spring with the Radical Reels Tour, screening some of the wildest action films that feature sports such as skiing, climbing, kayaking, BASE jum…

Destinations

Paron Death in the mountains comes quickly, unannounced… just boom and you’re gone. Boom! A cornice falls from above, hits you and you’re gone. That’s what we l…

Destinations

The sport climbing mecca of Smith Rock in USA's Oregon is world-renowned, and one father and son team are doing all they can to keep the new routes coming. A th…

Destinations

The icy nip of the Arctic is no obstacle to getting outside and enjoying the wonders of Oulanka National Park. On the shores of Juuma Lake, there’s the crackle…