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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Ascent 2012

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I’ve scored some covers recently. Firstly, here is the 2012 issue of Ascent. Very stoked about this one!

The photo is of Monique run-out to the max on the extraordinary 60-metre tufa route Tom et je Ris in Verdon Gorge, France, which I wrote about earlier here and there’s the video here.

Ascent is Rock and Ice magazine’s mega annual. It is the original literary journal of climbing, conceived of and edited for many years by Steck and Roper. Rock and Ice rejuvenated the journal last year — and I scored the cover then as well. I’m reposting that again here because I don’t know if we’ll ever get my old blog database up and running again… Anyway, I’m really honoured to have my work appear here. Thanks Rock and Ice!

Vertical Life

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Australia has a new online climbing zine, Vertical Life! You can see it all here.

I really like the work that Simon Madden and Ross Taylor have put into this so far – looks great guys. They say they plan to put out a printed annual, looking forward to seeing that too. I reckon it’s a bold move by anyone trying to put out professional quality climbing media in Australia (or anywhere for that matter – but Australia has a particularly small market). Having being involved with Crux Magazine for a while I’ve got an idea of the challenges they’ll face. These guys look well positioned to make a go of it if anyone can. Good luck with it guys! I hope the market is big enough for this to exist along-side the existing print magazine – Rock.

And in the first issue of Vertical Life there is a video interview that they did with me about my work and new book, Rock Odyssey. Also in this video I’ve given away a lot of the detail behind my new photo pole apparatus that I use to get some of my shots. When I blogged about this “revolutionary” new approach to climbing photography a while back I had no less than three different patent attorneys contact with some very generous offers to help out, should I somehow want to produce and market it. Instead of going down that road I decided to share this system with the climbing community. I’ll be happy to see other photographers out there using this system — and their variants of it. I’m working on some ways to improve the system. If you’re a photographer out there playing with this stuff I’d be grateful if you share some of the things that you might learn back with me; maybe together we figure out some of the details to devise a really efficient system for capturing mind-blowing climbing shots. That would be cool, eh?

Here’s that video below. Also on the Vertical Life web site there’s an article, Words about Pictures, where I give the background to some of my shots. Enjoy!

Rock Climbing Down Under: Australia Exposed is here Order now!