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No Ordinary Holiday

No Ordinary Holiday</p>
     
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by Morag Stewart   “Are you getting excited about your holiday?” This question was asked repeatedly by my co-workers in the weeks and months before I left my regular full-time job. “Errr, yes… no…. yes, yes, I think so”, I would respond with furrowed eyebrows but a wide smile. The reality of it was that I had a huge mix of emotions regarding the trip, because this was no ordinary holiday. We’d been planning our trip for over two years, so there was no shortage of excitement to finally hit the road. Of course, a 12-month holiday has different challenges...

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Crag Profile: El Potrero Chico, Mexico

Crag Profile: El Potrero Chico, Mexico</p>
     
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Imagine, if you will, the following scene… Having spent the day climbing pitch after pitch of Mexican limestone, you finally rest your weary body on a tattered boulder pad. Surrounding you, the monolithic walls are awash with fiery sunset hues, and someone hands you a margarita with colours to match. It is strong and spicy, the rim of the plastic cup encrusted with a mixture of chili, lime and salt. Jim Morrison’s husky baritone blasts forth into the desert twilight. High above, a climber is working the moves on a 5.11 testpiece, tonight’s entertainment. Surrounded by friends, you recap the...

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What Japan Taught Me

What Japan Taught Me</p>
     
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What Japan Taught Me  Written by Lucy Stirling. “Move quicklySound, calm mindBe light in bodyHave a clever mindMaster the basics” - Gōgen Yamaguchi These are wise words from one of Japan’s most well renowned martial artists – Gōgen Yamaguchi. His words perfectly reflect everything I learnt over in the magical country of Japan. From practising Zazen meditation and training 5 to 6 hours each day, to learning how to rest and recover properly, be patient, and go back to mastering the basics... I feel I’ve targeted some crucial aspects of training that I may have been lacking from my usual...

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Climbing Greatness, Gratitude and Celebration

Climbing Greatness, Gratitude and Celebration</p>
     
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Ever had one of those moments that just hit you in the heart?  Those moments that plant you to the spot, almost paralysed, by their power?  That move you emotionally, often to tears? On my recent trip to Europe to do my first ever lead and speed world cups those moments weren't the ones I expected.  There were some great moments in there - the present-ness in the deep breath I took before I stepped onto my first ever World Cup lead climb, the excitement of getting a personal best speed time, the pride of standing in my Australian Climbing Team uniform while...

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Trip Report: Failure on Illimani

Trip Report: Failure on Illimani</p>
     
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Being the second tallest mountain in Bolivia at 6438m, and the tallest in the Cordillera Real, Illimani was always going to be an ambitious objective. Dominating the skyline of La Paz, this broad massif issues forth a siren song that cannot fail to be heard by anyone with climbing in their veins. We certainly heard it clearly, though our excitement was tempered by reserve. One of our team members, my long-time accomplice and partner in suffering Adam McKenney, did not have the luxury of time. Even the mere two weeks vacation he had wrangled from the miserly clutches of corporate...

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