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Big Walls and Big Dreams

Big Walls and Big Dreams</p>
     
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Written by Josh Worley. Sometimes you arrive at a destination steeped in history. A place where pioneers pushed the boundaries of what was possible with improbable equipment. Home-made protection, hemp ropes and swamy belts. The walls are filled with stories of heroism and mateship and when you get your chance to climb these inspiring lines, you can’t help but imagine what it was like to be the first ascensionist. The French Alps is one, Australia’s own Mt Arapiles and Warrumbungles NP are others, though Yosemite is perhaps the most famous of them all. I arrived in the Valley a little...

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Finding Your Passion

Finding Your Passion</p>
     
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Written by Pinnacle Ambassador Josh Worley, of Vertical Year. They say the journey is more important than the destination. If this is true, then climbing something that is truly inspiring for you must be the ultimate journey. Acquiring the skills necessary to be successful, gaining experience, training and finally undertaking the climb itself. Whether the journey occurs over a period of weeks, months of even years; it will be these journeys which weave the great tapestry of life. Five years ago I was introduced to the world of Alpine climbing. I was unquestionably hooked and like most people infatuated with...

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Crushing Ice.

Crushing Ice.</p>
     
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Written by Pinnacle Ambassador Josh Worley. Australian winters are kind of like Clayton’s, the winter you have when you don’t really want a winter. For local rock climbers it is send time on your projects and the perfect opportunity to tick long multi-pitches on sun baked walls. Ice climbing however, is a foreign concept to most Aussie’s and deservedly so. Though you can swing some tools at Blue Lake in Kosciuszko National Park, you really have to travel across the ditch to New Zealand to get properly introduced. So what is it all about? Whats involved? What is it like...

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